July, 2012

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

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.

2012 277

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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 246

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

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 209

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 205

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

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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 239

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.

2012 182

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

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 199

How Minimum Targets Can Mean Maximum Progress

Dumb Little Man

Do you tend to set yourself ambitious, challenging targets – like “work out for an hour every day” or “write 1,000 words a day”?

2012 285

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

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 204

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

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

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 190

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

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 195

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

Why You Don’t Deserve a Raise

Eat Your Career

I know, I know. You want more money. We all do. Maybe you even “need” it. But do you deserve it? That’s the fundamental question your employer is asking. And that’s what you need to address when seeking an increase in pay.

2012 168

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 189

Mastering The Art of a Worry-Free Life

Dumb Little Man

At one time or another, we’ve all been around worried family or friends. Sometimes it’s awkward and uncomfortable. We don’t know what to say, so we say something fast and easy, like “everything’s going to be okay,” “you’ll be fine,” or even worse, “stop worrying.”

2012 286

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

Household Income in America

Small Business Labs

People tend to way overestimate how much money people make.  When we tell people the median U.S. household income is about $50,000, we're often told that can't be true and it must be much higher.   NPR has a nice summary of the household income for America's 114.6

2012 192

How DreamWorks Teaches All Employees to Flex Their Creativity Muscle

On The Job

I know an accountant who does not consider himself artistic or creative. He knows he's organized and good with numbers, and can meet tax deadlines with ease. When he introduces himself to others and mentions he's an accountant, I doubt others say, "Wow, wish I could do such a creative job."

2012 226

How to Train Your Virtual Assistant?

Tips From T. Marie

Over the weekend I stumbled across a video on YouTube entitled “How to Train Your Virtual Assistant” posted by a virtual assistant service company. Just the title alone set all kinds of alarm bells off in my head. I’ve mentioned before that although you may need to give direction and communicate clearly , there should be no need to literally train a virtual assistant.

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 173

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

The Coming Age of Virtual Meetings

Eco-Office Gals

The Internet has impacted the lives of most in the developed world. Many are now paying bills online, maintaining relationships with friends and family online and receive news and entertainment through online services.

2012 188

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

Can you go from creative and productive in a corporate job to a mess working for yourself?

Productive & Organized

Today, I'm going to address a question that I hear often in networking meetings and was expressed to me recently in a reader email.    Can you go from creative and productive in a corporate job to a mess working for yourself?

2012 221

Last 3 Days To Get The Business Building Success Kit

Office Organization Success

Through this simple, 6-week virtual training program you will discover how to: Create a super-duper filing system so you never lose critical information again. Set up your financial management system so that you can easily track your revenues and expenses.

2012 151

PA in Portugal

Practically Perfect PA

Last week was my 30 th birthday so as a present to myself I booked a short break to Portugal for some much-needed sunshine and relaxation. It is the first time I’ve ever been away on my own (other than for work) and I was really excited about putting all of my plans into action.

2012 169

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

Las Vegas Project Gains LEED Credential, Thanks to V.P. Cindy Ortega

Eco-Office Gals

As more people become aware of environmental issues, businesses are responding with green marketing campaigns. Many are also establishing more sustainable practices in their business operations.

2012 158