September, 2018

Productivity Secrets Top-Level CEOs Would Rather Keep to Themselves

Dumb Little Man

Ice freezing offices. Social media. YouTube. Fantasy football leagues. There is one thing all of them have in common – they are all primary suspects for causing your productivity at work to plummet. Even the top-level CEOs fall under temptation to watch the latest cat video uploaded on YouTube.

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Network like a CEO

Practically Perfect PA

It goes without saying that networking is essential for your career development. For a whole load of reasons, that I’m not going to write about in this blog, because we have lots of other blogs that talk about the benefit. So what am I going to write about today?

Assistants Must Excel at the Fundamentals

Office Dynamics

From Joan Burge’s new book, Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed (2018). I know many seasoned executive assistants who think they do not need to focus on or pay attention to their basic skills, what is also known as the fundamentals.

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Use of Contract Labor by Small Businesses Continues to Grow

Small Business Labs

The IRS released their 2016 tax data on sole proprietors.    The data covers business receipts, deductions, and net income reported by taxpayers on Schedule C of tax Form 1040.

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What You're Getting Wrong When You Apologize

On The Job

Today, social media is sure to blast the news far and wide when a top leader makes a mistake, whether the person is in the private sector or public life.

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Should You "Dumb It Down"?

Business Writing

esterday while coaching a scientist on her writing, I suggested that she consider simplifying this wording: “The results of this trial may elucidate the most efficacious intervention strategies.” Can you guess which words I thought were overly. Teaching Business Writing

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How To Crush Uncertainty And Realize Your Dreams

Dumb Little Man

You know the feeling. You have a dream or maybe a plan. You’ve been at it for quite some time now. Weeks, months or maybe years. And yet, the dream hasn’t come true yet. In fact, you feel farther from your goal than ever before. Doubtful thoughts mess with your head in an infinite loop.

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More Trending

Assistants Worldwide Who Contributed to a Gratitude Book

Office Dynamics

I am overwhelmed by the hundreds of assistants worldwide who contributed to a Gratitude Book that was presented to me by my son, Brian, on my birthday (August 16).

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What Highly Skilled Independent Workers Want

Small Business Labs

The global accounting and professional services firm EY has developed GigNow , an external online talent platform. 

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How to Help Your Boss See You as a Rising Star

On The Job

Many young workers come to a conclusion that's often hard to swallow: Working hard doesn't mean you get ahead. Just because you show up on time, meet all your deadlines and don't gossip, well, that's not enough to get a bigger paycheck or title.

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Timeless Time Management Truths

Eat Your Career

For many years, time was my constant nemesis. I never had enough of it, it always flew by too fast, and I could never seem to make good use of the time I had. But something changed about 10 years ago…I started getting really interested in the science and art of time management.

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How to Avoid The Regret of Yesterday And The Fear of Tomorrow

Dumb Little Man

“We look neither ahead nor backward. We look straight into the present.”. Stay in the present, be in the now, just for today. We’ve heard those lines time and time again, but we still struggle to get hold of this life-changing concept. Why is it so hard to know how to stay in the present?

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Assistant, You are a Leader

Practically Perfect PA

For years, I thought leaders were the ones in charge or the ones with essential titles. It turns out, everyone has influence and is a leader to those around them – even if they don’t acknowledge it. Do you see yourself as a leader?

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5 Ways to Take Charge of Your Career

Office Dynamics

5 Ways to Take Charge of Your Career. Think like an entrepreneur. See yourself as President of You, Inc. Don’t just think of yourself as working for someone else. Learn to take responsibility and be accountable for your work environment. Be a catalyst in making good things happen around you.

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Digital Nomads Enter the Mainstream

Small Business Labs

MBO Partners last week released Digital Nomadism: A Rising Trend , a research brief on digital nomads. We worked with MBO Partners on this study. Digital Nomads are wanderers who have a location-independent lifestyle that allows them to travel and work anywhere they can plug into the Internet. 

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Don't Wait: 8 Reasons to Leave Your Job Now

On The Job

I've often written about how to get a job. But now, I'm going to write about how to leave a job. With unemployment below 4%, there's never been a better time to say good-bye to a job that has cost you sleep, sanity and family relationships.

2018 177

Proofreading Checklist to Avoid "Oops!" Messages

Business Writing

I just received an "Oops!" email from our beloved, prestigious public television station. When I read the subject line, "Oops! Correction for Rick Steves Preview Screening and Q+A!" I instantly knew what the oops must be: a date error. Indeed, Email Proofreading Teaching Business Writing

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How to Stay Strong and Extremely Resilient In Chaos

Dumb Little Man

Despite avoiding the news and mainstream influence 90% of the time, I’m still aware that the world is in a state of chaos and that people are having a hard time finding peace in chaos.

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Do you need to write a travel management policy?

Practically Perfect PA

Some of the following scenarios will probably sound all too familiar to you in your current position: Your Executive Team and colleagues take the liberty of booking their flights and accommodation themselves without much thought for the time it takes to get a business trip organised.

Choose A Positive Attitude

Office Dynamics

From Joan Burge’s new book, Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed (2018). I HAVE BEEN SPEAKING on attitude since 1990. What I said in 1990 still holds true today. You have a choice when it comes to your attitude. You are not a victim of your circumstances.

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Upwork Going Public; Shows Maturation of Online Talent Marketplace Industry

Small Business Labs

The online freelance talent marketplace Upwork filed last week to go public.    According to the filing, Upwork has 375,000 registered freelancers and 475,000 client businesses located across 180 countries.    The company reported sales of $164.4 million in 2016 and $202.6

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Get Rid of "Good Job" and Say This Instead

On The Job

As a parent, I think I probably said "good job!" to my children at least five billion times. I don't think I exaggerate -- it was "good job!" for just about everything, from getting good grades to going potty. In the workplace, it's also become the norm. But getting a "good job!"

2018 154

Why Can’t I Get a Raise?

Eat Your Career

Advancing financially at work can be hard. After all, everybody wants a raise. But there’s only so much money to go around. Someone is always going to be disappointed, and it’s no fun when that person is you.

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5 Reasons a Messy Desk Is Not Good For Your Productivity

Dumb Little Man

Do you feel stressed or distracted as soon as you get to work? Here’s one cause you may not have considered: not having a clean desk at work.

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25 tools for managing social media accounts

Practically Perfect PA

Many Assistants are being asked to look after their Executive’s online profiles and their organisation’s social media messaging. It can be a time-consuming task that requires some thought because social media platforms change so rapidly.

Set Stretch Goals

Office Dynamics

From Joan Burge’s new book, Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed (2018). THE BROCHURE PROMOTING AN administrative training pro­gram said, We will never make you do anything you don’t want to do. Oh heavens, I thought! Really? How do you think a person grows?

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Video: 7 Tips to Start Small Scale Manufacturing

Small Business Labs

7 Tips to Start Small Scale Manufacturing - Business Ideas for Product Makers is a fun and interesting video designed to help makers and other small manufacturers build their business. The video, below, is from the YouTube maker video channel from the highly energetic Evan and Katelyn.

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The Journey of Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

It's really interesting to me that people invariably understand that in order to get to a destination, you have to have some idea where it is. Once that is known, a strategy for getting there is decided on. In the old days, it was a map and/or turn by turn directions.

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How to Plan Events Your Team Will Love (Without the Stress)

Eat Your Career

This is a guest post contributed by Eleanor Whitney, editor of All Hands , a publication about life at work from Managed by Q. The benefits of team events are well known. They facilitate interaction between teams, build relationships and empathy between coworkers, and amp up employee engagement.

2018 151

Want to Be Successful at Work? Watch More Soccer

Dumb Little Man

To the legendary Scottish coach Bill Shankly, soccer was not a matter of life and death – it was more important than that. In some parts of the world, the soccer team you support reflects your neighborhood, nationality, faith or social class.

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Managing someone else’s calendar

Practically Perfect PA

Managing someone else’s calendar. You know how it is. You are managing your boss or client’s Inbox and/or Calendar. They want you to set up meetings on their behalf and they don’t want the bother of accepting them – they would prefer you to receive the meeting responses.

Make Your Meetings More Engaging

Office Dynamics

Whether you have been coordinating meetings for decades or days there are some simple tips to follow to make any meeting more productive and the attendees feel welcomed.

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U.S. Non-Profit Sector: Big, Growing and Mostly Comprised of Small Non-Profits

Small Business Labs

The Johns Hopkins Non-Profit Economic Data Project recently released new data on the the non-profit sector of the economy. The data is for 2016 (the most recent available) and was developed in conjunction with the U.S. BLS ( click here to go the BLS's non-profit data landing page ). 

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Nauseous vs. Nauseated--Which Is She?

Business Writing

My dear friend just had major surgery in another city. Texting me to let me know how she is, her husband wrote, "She's nauseous a lot." But is she nauseous or nauseated? What do you think? Word sticklers distinguish between. Gems of Language Grammar and Usage

2018 142

5 Tips to Help You Make a Winning First Impression

Eat Your Career

As the saying goes, a first impression is a lasting impression. Those precious first few moments of interaction with a new contact can have a major impact on how that person sees you for the entirety of your relationship.

2018 141

What You Need To Know About Cloud Computing In Business

Dumb Little Man

Today, 93% of organizations use the cloud in some form and of those, 42% derive half or more of their business from cloud-based apps. On average, enterprises invest $1.62 million in cloud computing and globally, this number reaches $67 million.

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20 Google Search Hacks for Personal Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

I can’t think of a single day in the last decade that I haven’t at some point used Google for something. It could be to check my emails, write a document, put a meeting in my diary or, in most cases, search for something or settle an argument. It is, like most of us, my […].

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