July, 2012

CleanWell: Review and Giveaway

Eco-Office Gals

With summer hitting us with record breaking heat daily, and the kids home everyday it’s been a rough time around here. The kids are in the house most of the day to stay out of the heat, eating me out of house and home, getting crumbs and grubby finders everywhere.

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Is meditation the key to a happier work life?

On The Job

I had never tried meditation until a few years ago, when personal and professional stresses were giving me insomnia and constant headaches. I decided to give meditation a try, and visited some sites online to learn how to do it. At first, I was impatient to get results. "OK,

2012 256

Gallup Says Move to the Upper Midwest

Small Business Labs

Gallup's Where You'll Want to Live in 2032 looks at the state and regions of the U.S. with the brightest future.

2012 237

Productivity Facts That Will Shock You

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. How much productivity do you think you lose every time you try to multitask? 20% to 40%. And checking your email while doing a creative task effectively lowers your IQ by 10 points in the moment. YIKES!

2012 231

More resources for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. In my last blog I wrote about the resources that are available for assistants and administrators in the form of magazines and websites. I thought I would also list a few associations and networking clubs that I have found useful over the years. . Professional Bodies / Trade Associations.

2012 215

Blog Post Ideas: 3 Simple Strategies for Creating 3 New Blog Posts Every Week

Office Organization Success

Having a blog is an excellent marketing tool for a solo service business owner. But for many business owners the real issue is creating enough content on a regular basis to make it an effective strategy … they could really do with some blog post ideas.

2012 209

Eco-Friendly Transportation Ideas for Small Businesses

Eco-Office Gals

Concern for the state of the environment is spurring more and more companies to seek sustainable business practices. Not only can a company adopt green practices and materials within the business, they can also provide incentives to encourage employees to use sustainable travel options. Go Electric.

2012 226

More Trending

The Rise of Gourmet Food Trucks

Small Business Labs

The chart below shows the stunning growth in the number of Google hits for the search term "food trucks" over the last 4 years.       I even had to cheat a bit on the chart to get the 83,000 hits in 2008-2009 to show up.

2012 235

5 Productivity Errors That Make You Look Flaky

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Most of the time, if we’re not functioning at peak productivity, no one knows. But there productivity errors that can make us look totally flaky. Do you make any of these mistakes? Not Writing Things Down.

2012 228

Resources for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Welcome to my new blog site. I hope you are enjoying the new features. I’m hoping to make the blog a lot more interact so watch this space! As this is the first blog on my new website I thought I would share with you some of the resources I find really helpful.

2012 211

Career Lessons I Learned from Katy Perry

Eat Your Career

Confession: I saw the Katy Perry movie. Bigger confession: I LOVED IT. I know this puts me somewhere in the realm of teenybopper, but I don’t care. In truth, Katy has a pretty powerful story and a very inspirational message. And yes, the costumes were fantastic, okay?!

2012 205

Opening Sentences for Global Email

Business Writing

Readers have asked me to suggest opening sentences for emails that go to people around the world. The goal of these openers is to avoid coming across as blunt and impolite, especially in messages to people from cultures in which. Email Global Communication

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The 5 Ingredients Necessary for a Motivational Speech

On The Job

Imagine you’re sitting in a meeting with your boss and some other company bigwigs, and they’ve decided on a new strategy or process that is going to mean some people may lose their jobs , while others will be working harder trying to get things up to speed. Holy crap,” you think.

2012 213

Why Going Green Is Good for Business

Eco-Office Gals

Going green benefits businesses in many ways, from decreasing overhead expenses to increasing clientele. Becoming a green business also improves your reputation in the community and online. A few key ways that going green will overall improve your business include: Better Indoor Air Quality .

2012 201

Turning Your Office into a Sanctum of Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines.

2012 222

CV Template for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. This month is a bit of a fresh start for me, I’ve just turned a decade older and I’ve also just started a new job… this week in fact!

2012 204

How to Deal with a Condescending Boss

Eat Your Career

This is one thing I hear a lot about in my free coaching calls : The dreaded condescending superior. It seems this particular conflict runs rampant in the business world and today, I’m going to provide a few simple strategies for dealing with the boss who always thinks he (or she) knows better.

2012 201

The Problem With "Not a Problem"

Business Writing

Many people seem to have adopted the expression "Not a problem" in place of "You're welcome." For example, if I thank someone in email, by phone, or in person for doing a favor for me, the response is often "Not. Courteous Writing Etiquette Positive Language

2012 203

New Test Identifies Arrogant Bosses

On The Job

Do you have a boss who discredits the ideas of others while claiming to have superior ideas? Does your boss blame other people and refuse to take personal responsibility for anything? Does your boss reject feedback?

2012 200

3 Questions to Inspire Action in the Face of Fear

Dumb Little Man

I sat at my desk, waiting for the inevitable. That morning I put my letter of resignation in my boss’ mail bin.

2012 285

Open Loops 7/17/2012: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Tuesdays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. How many alerts are pinging at you? Can you do anything about them at the time? If not, consider getting rid of them.

2012 214

Should you lie for your boss?

Practically Perfect PA

As you’ll know I’ve just started a new job and am in the process of learning how my manager likes to work. Mostly I’m figuring out how he wants me to manage his diary and emails but also how he prioritises his time, which calls he will take and if he really does have an open door policy.

2012 202

Book Review - Why Good People Can't Get Jobs

Small Business Labs

One of the most perplexing aspects of the current recovery is our high unemployment and under employment rates are coupled with a constant stream of complaints by companies that they can't find qualified job candidates.

2012 198

Honoring an Inspiration: The Passing of Stephen R. Covey

Eat Your Career

The sad news came out earlier today that author and personal development guru, Stephen Covey, passed away.

2012 194

How to respond to the jerk at work

On The Job

While most of us expect criticism from time to time at work, is anyone ever prepared for a verbal assault from a colleague that leaves us humiliated, angry or stunned? It might be a snide comment about your appearance, or it might be outright yelling about your performance on a project.

2012 200

Seven Great Ways to Make Your Good Intentions Last

Dumb Little Man

How often have you made a New Year’s resolution, only to give up by February? How often have you started a new diet on Monday, only to give up by Wednesday? All of us have good intentions for positive change in our lives.

2012 285

Why Being A Morning Person Is Not Essential

Simple Productivity Blog

I see articles all the time on how being a morning person is wonderful and how you can easily transform into one. The articles generally promise sunshine and rainbows, peace and super-productivity. I am not a morning person.

2012 212

Week 4 #Cinchspiration

Eco-Office Gals

I’ve reached my Cinch Journey Week #4 aka 1 month of my #Cinchspiration journey. It’s been a challenging week. Not for this program – Friday the 13th just seemed to get extended a week. Tackling one obstacle after another made it hard not to cheat.

2012 193

Food Trucks = Business Model Innovation

Small Business Labs

The gourmet food truck craze sweeping the nation is a classic example of business model innovation.   And the response from brick and mortar restaurants is a classic example of how incumbent industry participants tend to respond - by using their political power to try and fend off the innovative new firms.   Business model innovation refers to taking a new approach to an existing business or industry.

2012 193

Becoming A Better Person With Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits

Productivity Bits

The 7 Habits means many different things to different people, depending on their perspective in life. A businessman would look at it as principles to live by in running his business. A farmer would look at it probably in the same fashion, principles to live by, but through different lens. Thank you for subscribing to my full RSS feed! Please grab my free productivity ebook! Personal Development 7 habits 7 habits of highly effective people stephen covey

2012 183

How to Give a Dynamite Team Presentation

On The Job

I once was part of a group presentation that was due to get together for the first time at a big conference. I had spoken with three of the fellow panelists via phone several weeks beforehand, but never managed to connect with the last participant.

2012 195

Do You Recognize These 7 Tricks Your Mind Is Playing on You?

Dumb Little Man

So, you want to change your life and be happier? Maybe happiness means unlocking your greater potential, enhancing your quality of life, or realizing your lifelong dreams. By now you may have absorbed countless personal development books, videos, or blogs.

2012 286

The Different Types Of Open Loops

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the concepts of David Allen’s Getting Things Done is the concept of an open loop. An open loop is an unfulfilled commitment to yourself.

2012 205

Week 2-3 #Cinchspiration

Eco-Office Gals

I’m a bit late posting my week 2 #cinchspriation post so we’ll make this week 2 & 3 shall we? I’ve had lots of time now to try everything out, determine what I like and what I like more – there’s nothing I can really say I don’t like.

2012 190

Small Businesses Often Choose Not to Grow

Small Business Labs

One of the things we consistently hear in our interviews with small business owners (male and female) is most don't want to grow their businesses beyond a certain size.  In most cases the size they want to limit their business to is quite small.   We first explored this topic years ago when we held a series of focus groups to define small business success.  We found small business owners defined success as meeting their personal objectives for the business.

2012 189

Most Politicians, Bankers and big companies have no idea what it is like to be a small business owner

The Small Business Blog

Recently, I was going through my Evernote archives of articles that I had ‘clipped’ over the last month and that I thought would be good feedstock for blog posts. As I was going through all of the articles, I came across Most small business owners have skipped paychecks from Yahoo! Small Business Advisor. When I…

2012 182

Contact Management Systems: A Great Way to Keep a Steady Flow of Clients and Prospects Coming Into YOUR Business

Office Organization Success

Building a successful long-term profitable business isn’t about “marketing” your business, it’s about “managing” your business – the marketing comes once you have your management systems in place.

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