February, 2009

Is Your Knuckle-Cracking Killing Your Job Chances?

On The Job

I've spent a lot of time lately interviewing people who no longer have jobs. One thing I hear over and over is that they really need to feel they're doing something positive every day.

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8 Harsh Truths that Will Improve Your Life - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

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As Sage Goes Down Others Need A Reality Check. | THE SMALL.

The Small Business Blog

As Sage Goes Down Others Need A Reality Check. by Stefan Töpfer on Feb 02, 2009. Much has been made in the last few days about the problems surrounding Sage Live, the online accounting software service for small business from Sage Group

2009 141

3 Simple Tactics for Overcoming Writer’s Block Revealed

Office Organization Success

Your next newsletter is due out this Friday! You’ve got your newsletter template in front of you; you’re sat at your PC all ready to go, and, horror of horrors… you’ve got blank page syndrome a.k.a. writer’s block. Your mind is a complete blank and you can’t think of a single thing to write about! Writing articles is one of the main reasons why many solopreneurs put off producing a newsletter – they think they won’t have anything to write about and writing an article is too time consuming anyway!

2009 136

Different spellings: British, Canadian and American

Laughing all the Way to Work

I was proofing a document the other day, but since I've been reading documents from the United States and Canada, I couldn't remember if behaviorial was the American or the Canadian spelling. Thank goodness for Google, I use it all the

2009 130

And now for some damage control

Loosely Speaking

In the wee hours of February 18, while I was packing for a trip out of town, Loosely Speaking vanished from existence. In the past 6 days, friends and tech support have been trying to solve the problem. I don't have a handle on it yet

2009 130

Getting the Attention of the Five-Minute Boss

On The Job

While many people think that never seeing the boss might be a good thing, those who have a manager that rivals the Stealth Bomber know differently. Those who don't get regular face time with the boss are often the most vulnerable , especially in these tough times.

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Frustrated by a micromanager? Use this proven advice

Office Dynamics

Today's blog entry is from my Monday Motivator™ that was sent to over 5,000 readers this morning. I felt it was important to also share this information here for my blog readers. Some time ago, one of our readers asked my advice on how I would handle a micromanager – which, as we all know, can be a supervisor or a colleague you’re working with on a project. Micromanagers have their good and not-so-good points.

2009 156

Time Management – Finding Solutions and Shortcuts

Office Organization Success

There are four major sources of time drain for busy business owners: 1. Scheduling appointments. Solution: Get clients to self-schedule. One of the many advantages to doing this is that there are no emails back and forth offering various timeslots – a huge timesaver in itself. Day-to-day emails – too many! . Solution: Schedule set times to check your emails. Once or twice a day is enough, say first thing in the morning and again later in the day.

2009 132

Guest Post: What Makes Virtual Administrative Assistants Work?

Laughing all the Way to Work

What Makes Virtual Administrative Assistants Work? Administrative assistants do more than just assist with the day-to-day activities of a company – in fact, for most employers, they're Person Fridays without whom nothing gets done

2009 130

And now for some damage control

Loosely Speaking

In the wee hours of February 18, while I was packing for a trip out of town, Loosely Speaking vanished from existence. In the past 6 days, friends and tech support have been trying to solve the problem. I don't have a handle on it yet

2009 130

Help Your Career By Stepping Onto a Sinking Ship

On The Job

Who, in their right mind, would jump onto the Titanic instead of off ? In this tough job market, maybe it should be you. This may not make any sense at first blush, but when you consider the payoff, you may just decide it's a risk worth taking.

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13 Things You Must Balance in Your Life! - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

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Supporting Multiple Managers

Office Dynamics

While administrative professionals typically support between four and six people, some assistants manage up to 35 people in a department. They support these individuals with everything from computer work to assistance on major projects. This trend is likely to continue. As overwhelming as this might seem, today’s office professional can direct the flow of work and gain a sense of control by using creative methods. Except for time-critical projects, do the senior manager’s work first.

2009 156

Time Management Solutions – 10 Minutes to Spare?

Office Organization Success

There are many times during your work day that you find yourself with a spare few minutes – maybe you’re in-between client appointments, or you finished a project earlier than you’d anticipated, or you just simply want to take a break. Rather than fritter that time here are 10 activities you can do in 10 minutes to keep your productivity levels high: Submit an article. Post to your blog. Reply to an email. Post to one of your online networking forums – respond to a discussion.

2009 122

Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Today's.

Laughing all the Way to Work

A reader asked if I would post on the proper protocol to address Canadian dignitaries such as the Prime Minister or other Ministers in the government. This government site gives you that information and more

2009 100

College Baseball Season 2009

Loosely Speaking

No, I'm not a sports writer, just a big fan. Division I College baseball starts today, February 19, 2009, which happens to be my birthday. I love February. To commemorate the beginning of the season, Tom Check gave me permission to

2009 130

An Emergency Checklist for When a New Boss Shows Up

On The Job

It can take months or even years to establish a good relationship with a boss. There are bumps along the way, but in the end, you feel confident that your boss values your hard work and believes your contribution to the company is important. Of course, that gives you some measure of confidence.

2009 130

Avoiding the Dangers of Narcissism - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

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Organizing Business Cards: Scan 'em

Clutter Coach

5 Essential Keys to Plan YOUR Success

Office Organization Success

As a solopreneur there is always an endless list of projects that we want to work on or need to complete in order to grow our business. If we don’t plan properly and build in time to work on these projects we can very quickly become overwhelmed, and in the end we don’t complete anything.

2009 122

That's not my job!

Laughing all the Way to Work

I have noticed in my role as an assistant that I can be called upon to do a lot of things. Our job is not just one thing, but many different tasks and it changes every day. If a conference comes up and they are looking for someone to do

2009 100

Tandem Social Networking

Loosely Speaking

Harry Caray may be one of the best networkers ever, moving thousands of tone-deaf Cub fans to stand and sing at the top of their lungs. Harry had no issues with his own terrible singing voice, using his presence to connect many of us in

5 Ways to Put the "I" in Team

On The Job

Teams are pretty commonplace in the workplace these days, but that doesn't mean they're fun. Or pleasant. Or useful. Or efficient. Or productive. Certainly, there are lots of folks who love teams.

2009 130

How to Write Great Cover Letters for Your Resume - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

Administrative Profession Highlighted on Fox 17 in Grand Rapids

Office Dynamics

Joan Burge is on the move and bringing attention to administrative professionals everywhere. Just this morning Joan was spotted on Fox 17 in Grand Rapids, MI. Joan Burge in the morning news with Fox 17 in Grand Rapids, MI. Joan will be speaking at the IAAP event this evening in Grand Rapids. Email jfreeman@officedynamics.com for details. Career Management Executive Blog

2009 100

Networking Magic ~ 5 EASY Strategies for Follow-up Success

Office Organization Success

Topic: Networking Magic ~ 5 EASY Strategies for Follow-up Success. Date: Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 11:00 am EST. Led by Tracey Lawton. You know how things go at a networking event, or some other type of in-person event… . You go along, meet many new people, collect a TON of business cards, and then promptly put them to one side and never follow up with the contacts again! .

2009 100

Welcome to Canada, Mr. President.

Laughing all the Way to Work

Obama fever hit Ottawa today as President Barack Obama made his first official visit outside of the United States. I am not sure exactly what it is that has endeared this President to everyone's hearts, but he certainly has made an

2009 100

Pretty Twitter Badges by Limeshot Design

Loosely Speaking

Craving a new look for your Twitter badges? I was on the fence about this until I saw some nice options on another site today. Try Limeshot. Emma Hoffman's designs are fresh and different from what you find among Twitter's badge

When "What Do You Do?" Makes You Want to Punch Something

On The Job

"So, what do you do?" While this seems like a fairly harmless question, if you're unemployed, it can have the impact of a freight train. Well, right now," you respond, "I'm laid off." "Oh." Sound of crickets chirping.) It's tough to lose a job.

2009 130

Accomplish More Each Day: Four Steps to Easy Delegation - by Dumb.

Dumb Little Man

2009 168

Administrative Profession Highlighted on Fox 17 in Grand Rapids

Office Dynamics

Joan Burge is on the move and bringing attention to administrative professionals everywhere. Just this morning Joan was spotted on Fox 17 in Grand Rapids, MI. Joan Burge in the morning news with Fox 17 in Grand Rapids, MI. Joan will be speaking at the IAAP event this evening in Grand Rapids. Email jfreeman@officedynamics.com for details.

2009 100

Bioteams: Turning Audiences into Communities

BioTeams

I was delighted to speak on "Bioteams: Turning Audiences into Communities" to a lively audience in Brighton (UK) at an event "New Frontiers in Social Media" organised by Use8 - The User Experience Society. You can get a copy of my slides here. Photo Source: The Sowelu Theatre Ensemble.

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Just a secretary.

Laughing all the Way to Work

When I was young I wanted to be a teacher. There are many teachers in my extended family and it seemed like something I could do well, but our family did not have any money to further my education and I became a secretary instead

2009 100

Service Untitled» Blog Archive » The Angriest Customers

Service Untitled

Working with angry customers is a part of customer service that can't be avoided. I write about working with angry customers fairly regularly and have a category devoted to it, but it is still a challenge to work with angry customers

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Are You Afraid to Just Say "No" at Work?

On The Job

"Taylor, can you help me out with this report? I need some research done by tomorrow, or I'm really going to be in trouble." Taylor, we need someone to head up this new committee, and I think you'd be perfect. Can you put a team together by next Tuesday?" Taylor, we're really having trouble with this client and it would be so helpful if you could go there and sort of calm them down. It would be great if you could leave right away." Taylor, someone left a mess in the break room.

2009 116

Emotional Intelligence: The Ultimate Productivity Tool - by Dumb.

Dumb Little Man

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