April, 2013

How to Overcome Self-Help Fatigue and Make Inspiration Stick

Dumb Little Man

Are you addicted to "inspiration porn" like I am? During a recent weekend, I spent nearly an entire day reading post after post by some of my favorite inspirational and personal development bloggers. Want to know how I felt the next day? Terrible. I felt bloated and heavy from my overindulgence.

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Amazing career paths for PAs

Practically Perfect PA

So I have some big news to share with everyone today… are you ready? Okay, well… I’ve just quit my job!

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3 Tips for Successfully Managing Your Day-to-Day Workload

Office Organization Success

If you don’t already know, I am a big fan of spreadsheets! They have so many more uses than just calculating figures. They are also a great tool to help you manage your time effectively. As a busy soloprofessional you are not only working for your clients, but you have to work ON your business too.

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Quiz: Are You Ethically Challenged?

Eat Your Career

For some, ethics are black and white. For others, there are all kinds of grey areas. Perhaps you live by a strict moral code. Or maybe you just go on gut instinct. However you define your ethical standards, it’s important to perform your job with integrity.

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The Emerging Gender Gap Favoring Women

Small Business Labs

Wayward Sons: The Emerging Gender Gap in Labor Markets and Education is a fascinating study by noted MIT economist economist David Autor and MIT PhD student Melanie Wasserman.    They suggest that an emerging economic gender gap favoring women is developing.

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7 Ways to Make Waiting Time More Productive

Ian's Messy Desk

As much as you would like to avoid it, there’s no getting away from having to wait. You wait on hold on the telephone, wait for meetings and appointments, wait for hockey practice to end, a spouse to finish work, and wait and wait and wait. Waiting can eat up a fair portion of your time.

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Why Motivation is Overrated

Dumb Little Man

Motivation is a problem. Not due to a lack of, but when people search for it in order to act.

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The Importance of Good Office Design In Creating a Productive Working Environment

Eco-Office Gals

An inspiring office space is crucial to motivating and engaging staff; by combining a good office design with environmental considerations, you can improve productivity, profitability and reduce your carbon footprint.

Turn Up the Heat on Your Professional Passion

Eat Your Career

As many of you know, I talk a lot about professional passion. I believe it IS possible to love your job and really feel a fire in your belly when you think about the contribution you’re making at work everyday.

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Word of Mouth is How Freelancers Find Jobs

Small Business Labs

It's not surprising that independent workers (freelancers, temps, self-employed, etc.) rely on word of mouth/referrals for getting business. What is a bit surprising is just how important word of mouth is compared to other methods.

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How to Win Friends and Influence People Summarized

Ian's Messy Desk

How to Win Friends and Influence People (Photo credit: Wikipedia) How to Win Friends and Influence People is the grand-daddy of all people-skills books. First published in 1937, it was an overnight hit, eventually selling 15 million copies. The book still carries a lot of weight. BNET includes on its list of 10 Underrated Business Books and it is one of the books on The Personal MBA Recommended Reading List.

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How to Increase Your Creativity in 9 Easy Steps

Dumb Little Man

Who among us hasn’t dreamed of discovering the next big thing or designing a breath taking product or at least solving a personal situation creatively and brilliantly. The problem is, most of us just dream about it. The truth is that you CAN turn that dream into reality.

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Will new technology eradicate the need for assistants?

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve just been reading this fantastic article by Richard Branson on LinkedIn where he discusses how much he values his assistant. I’ve always admired him but to see him praise the assistants he has employed over his career has really raised my estimations!

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Go Green at the Restaurant

Eco-Office Gals

As a local restaurant owner, you’ve got a lot on your plate (pun intended). From open until close, you have to play chef, matradee, custodian and customer psychologist all at the same time. It’s a taxing job, but rewarding nonetheless.

How to Leave Work at Work

Eat Your Career

It’s easy to take work home with you…heck, with today’s technology, it basically follows you everywhere you go!

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The End of Work - Or the Beginning of an Independent Economy?

Small Business Labs

Well known tech journalist and analyst Tom Foremski's Futurists. and the 'End of Work'  looks at the employment disruption being caused by digital technologies.

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Twitter Hits a Home Run With Its Twitter For Business Microsite

The Solopreneur Life

T witter has relaunched its Twitter For Business microsite. The site was built to get you to use Twitter advertising, but I’m extremely impressed with the quality and quantity of helpful information that the microsite provides for small businesses.

How to Get Off Your Butt and Start Running This Spring

Dumb Little Man

This year, for the first time in my life I decided to run a marathon. It’s a big deal for me. I''ve never tried long distance running in the past, so I am very excited about it. Yet, in this article I won’t be addressing how to prepare for something as exhausting as a marathon.

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Interview Questions and Answers for PAs, EAs and Administrators Part 3

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve written two blog posts on interview questions specific to PAs, EAs and admin assistants and they have both proved to be very popular so I thought I’d add another ten questions that I have been asked at various interviews over the years and my answers for them.

Going Green Pays

Eco-Office Gals

A lot of people want to be eco-friendly , but they’re either not sure where to begin, they think it’s too much work, or they think it will cost too much money.

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4 Key Tips for Preparing a Speech

Ian's Messy Desk

If you want your speech to be lively and appealing, these are four key steps you need to apply as you prepare your speech. If you write a speech before delivering, use these four tips as a part of editing your first draft. If you prefer to speak from an outline, practice your talk keeping these principles in mind. Use Short Words. People find short words easier to understand than long words; especially when spoken. Short words can carry more force in a statement.

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Flexibility is Why Companies Hire Contingent Workers

Small Business Labs

Staffing firm Allegis and the Human Capital Institute teamed up on a study on how corporate procurement and HR departments view the growing contingent workforce.   It's a broad based study looking at a number of issues related to the contingent workforce.

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How to Handle Negative Feedback About Your Business

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Remember when you were a kid and you accomplished something great at school? Maybe it was a school election you won, or an award you received for placing first in the school spelling bee.

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One Small Chance, 1000 Huge Possibilities

Dumb Little Man

“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.” Denis Waitley You know, if you went back in time and told me four months ago I’d be where I am today, I would have smiled and shaken my head in disbelief.

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How do you stop your personal life affecting your work

Practically Perfect PA

This is a question I have faced many times during my career. Your personal life can affect your work in so many ways, it could be anything from a few late nights that make you feel tired in the office to have real stress at home that really does impact your performance.

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Happy Earth Day 2013

Eco-Office Gals

Today we give homage to our Mother Earth – Though I like to think we should try everyday, one day just doesn’t cut it. While you try to make an effort everyday, take out the big guns today, do something that really counts – no matter how big or how small.

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Investing in Nigeria- the new face of Interpreneurship

The Small Business Blog

If you haven’t been in the West African airspace recently, you may not know of the ecstatic new buzz of the town- it’s got everyone talking and investors listening. It’s the catchy innovations of Nigeria’s finest interpreneurs.

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The Growing Numbers of Not Working

Small Business Labs

The most recent BLS jobs report showed that almost 500,000 Americans left the workforce  in March, resulting in the workforce participation rate falling to 63.3%.  This is the lowest its been since 1979.   There's a pretty active debate over what's driving this decrease.

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Are You The CEO of Your Business — or The Technician?

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Do you consider yourself to be the CEO of your business? It is your business, after all. It’s your vision, your creation, your baby. So you must be the CEO, right? But do you think like the CEO of your business? Do you act like one?

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How to Tell You Can't Cut Your Budget Any Further

Dumb Little Man

I''m a regular reader of about a dozen personal finance blogs like the popular GetRichSlowly.com.

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What to do when there is nothing to do

Practically Perfect PA

Thank you everyone for your kind messages over the last week. It is really nice to know that I have such amazing readers and just emphasises how supportive assistants are of each other… I always knew we had each other’s backs!

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The Benefits of Green Office Products

Eco-Office Gals

Green office products allow your business to successfully reduce energy wastage and limit environmental impacts such as pollution and deforestation.

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Looking for Deeper Conversations? Give GooglePlus a Try #LinkLineup

Productive & Organized

Are you on Google+ or are you one of many that feel like one more social network might cause your brain to rupture?    I was the latter for quite a while. 

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Can Entrepreneurs Save Detroit?

Small Business Labs

In case you haven't heard, Detroit's a mess. It has acres of empty buildings, frightening crime rates, crushing public debt and sky high unemployment.

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How to Be Successful Even When Under Stress

On The Job

Got stress? If you’re like 75% of other Americans, you’ve experienced moderate to high levels of stress in the past month, and often lie awake at night because of it. Trying to balance the demands of your work and family life can stretch even the strongest among us to the breaking point.

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Focus – The Recipe for Success

Dumb Little Man

Take the example of any person who has achieved success in his or her chosen field and you''ll find that they share certain traits. You''ll find strong motivation , clear goals, the will to overcome all odds and hard work. But there is one quality that distinguishes them from the rest.

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Interview Questions and Answers for PAs, EAs and Admins Part 4

Practically Perfect PA

Following on from Monday’s blog here are another five interview question and answers specifically for assistants. How do you work within a team?