January, 2012

How to Deal with Difficult People and Have Constructive Conflict

Dumb Little Man

Life and relationships aren't always perfect. Take a minute to think of some difficult people you have to deal with in your life? These may be people you work with, the in-laws that come to town throughout the year, or your neighbor who can’t seem to take a hint.

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Women-Owned Small Business Opportunities in Federal Contracting

The Solopreneur Life

B y: WinBiz Proposals, LLC. Author: Jennifer Adeli, Owner and Senior Proposal Manager. WinBizProps and @SoloBizAdventur.

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Smart Marketing = List Segmentation

Office Organization Success

How many times have you registered for a teleclasses – and the teleclass teacher has continued to email you to register for the teleclass? How many times have your purchased a product – and the product creator continues to email you to offer you the product?

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4 Reasons to Love the Boss You Hate

Eat Your Career

I’m not a big fan of the word “hate” but let me be honest: I’ve definitely felt some very, VERY strong negativity toward a few of my superiors in the past. Hey, I’m only human. This is probably one of the most common challenges I hear from professionals.

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13 Tips for Time Management

Ian's Messy Desk

SPEND TIME PLANNING AND ORGANIZING. Setting aside time to think and plan is time well-spent. Organize in a way that makes sense to you. If you need color and pictures, use a lot on your calendar or planning book.

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Top Ten Small Business Trends for 2012

Small Business Labs

Below is our fifth annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list.    Links to our prior lists are available here.      Our overall economic outlook is for continued moderate growth with U.S. GDP increasing 2.5%-3.0%.    While we expect hiring and the job market to improve, unemployment will remain high, finishing the year around 8%.    Social Trends.   1. 

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22 Secrets to Discovering Your Dream and Living It

Dumb Little Man

One of the most important rules of happiness in life is to do what you love. But discovering that dream job and what you are meant to do in life isn't always so easy.

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Creating A Marketing Calendar: Your Essential Business Planning Tool

Office Organization Success

One thing that kept cropping up for me when I was teaching at a recent event was the fact that so many of you are getting overwhelmed with your marketing; not so much with the list building or connecting with potential clients, but your actual marketing planning.

Why Emotional Decisions Aren’t Always Bad

Eat Your Career

Okay, listen up guys. I don’t say this often but here goes…. I was wrong. Well, maybe not completely wrong. But a little wrong. You see, I’ve written a lot in the past about why letting emotions guide you in the decision-making process is a dangerous thing.

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8 Characteristics of a Good Team Leader

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. Effective teamwork is one of the most important aspects in the corporate world. Team members should be completely comfortable while working with each others in order to give their best professional touch to whatever they do.

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U.S. Exports Continue to Grow

Small Business Labs

The New York Times Economix blog post The Quiet Driver of Economic Growth: Exports covers the steady growth in the percent of U.S. GDP generated by exports.  The chart below is from the article.

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Is Your Mindset Secretly Making You Miserable? Here’s How to Fix It

Dumb Little Man

Is your mindset secretly ruining your life? And if so, is there a way to fix it? Michael Jordan wasn’t considered the best basketball player of all time when he was starting out. In fact, he was cut from his varsity team when he was a sophomore.

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Use Online Calculators to Reduce Emissions and Save Energy

Eco-Office Gals

Going green isn’t exactly easy to do by your lonesome. Few of us are experts in the fields of energy innovation, nor do we have the skills to assess our individual circumstances and lifestyles and come to practical conclusions about how to save energy.

5 Ways to Establish Friendly Relationships at Work

On The Job

One of the most difficult things about starting a new job is trying to become friendly with your colleagues without making yourself seem like a total dweeb. Be too friendly and you come off as a bit of a stalker or maybe a motormouth. Be more reserved and you might be perceived as snooty or weird.

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Shoot for the Moon

Eat Your Career

Here’s a little bit of trivia about me you probably didn’t know: I was the senior speaker at my high school graduation ceremony. Now, let me be clear: I went to a very small, independent study high school where most of the students attended just one day of class per week.

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10 tips for busting stress

Ian's Messy Desk

Do you have trouble remembering things? Are you having trouble sleeping or is your stomach in knots? Are you sleeping too little or too much? All of these can be symptoms of stress. A certain amount of stress is good –or. Image via Wikipedia.

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Forecast Lessons from Past Small Business Trends Lists

Small Business Labs

Last week we released our Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2012 list.    This is the 5th year we've done a public top 10 trends list (we've been doing small business forecasting for about a decade). 

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8 Out of the Ordinary Approaches to Defeating Your Food Cravings

Dumb Little Man

Do you feel like you can’t lose weight because you struggle with cravings? Has a gnawing, insatiable want hijacked your healthy eating plan? Chocolate, candy, potato chips, pizza, steak, coffee, ice-cream, salt or what have you —most of us battle these cravings. But we don’t have to.

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SOPA: It only went as far as we let it!

Eco-Office Gals

We made noise and they listened! “On January 18th, 13 million of us took the time to tell Congress to protect free speech rights on the internet. Hundreds of millions, maybe a billion, people all around the world saw what we did on Wednesday.” ” This was unprecedented.

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In the NFL and In Solopreneurship: Winning and Losing Turns on the Strength of the Gameplan

The Solopreneur Life

I n his book, Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How Watch Football By Knowing Where to Look, (Amazon Affiliate link) Pat Kirwan explains how a National Football League team constructs its gameplan each week.

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Doing A Time Audit

Simple Productivity Blog

In knowing how you are spending your time, you can find the places for improvement. As we reboot our lives, we need to have an accurate assessment of how you are spending your time. Why Do A Time Audit?

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6 ways to maximize your talent with motivation

Ian's Messy Desk

Everybody loves it when the underdog wins. The theme crops up regularly in movies: whether The Absent Minded Professor or the latest version of The Bad News Bears , something feels right about a group of misfits pulling it together for an eleventh-hour victory over the perennial champs.

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More Global Mobile Phone Subscribers Than People by 2015

Small Business Labs

I was reading GigaOm Pro's Global Mobile Subscriber Forecast and noticed that by 2015 the world will have quite a few more global mobile phone subscriptions than people. 

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Five Lies Personal Development Gurus Like to Tell

Dumb Little Man

Personal development gurus tell some impressive lies in order to sell their products. That’s right. These convenient little falsehoods are effective motivators because they play on primal human needs and emotions.

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Grab StudioPress Savings While They Last!

Eco-Office Gals

Until Monday, you can get all 44 StudioPress child themes, plus every child theme design they make in the future, for only $299.95 with the StudioPress Pro Plus All-Theme Package. That’s a savings of $887.80 off the price of buying everything separately.

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Featured Soloist Barbara Austin: “Don’t Jump Into It Without a Plan”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is The Solopreneur Life’s “Featured Soloist,” the purpose of which is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses. Today we meet Barbara Austin. If you would like to be the “Featured Soloist,” please send me an e-mail, Larry@TheSolopreneurLife.com.

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Casual Friday Has Gone Too Far

On The Job

Last Friday I took a couple of hours off to run some personal errands. I wish I had stayed home, because my retinas are forever emblazoned with the visions I saw in "casual Friday" workplaces as I went to take care of my business.

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Benjamin Franklin – 13 Virtues

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. Benjamin Franklin developed this plan when he was 20. Based on Philippians 4:8 , he reviewed one of these virtues each week, cycling through the list four times per year.

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Living With Mom and Dad

Small Business Labs

Salon has a good interview with the author of The Accordion Family - Boomerang Kids, Anxious Parents and the Private Toll of Global Competition.  The book covers the trend towards young adults living with their parents.   This is not a new trend.

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How to Build and Stick to Your Exercise Routine

Dumb Little Man

Most of us need to exercise more. Being active isn’t just important when you’re trying to lose weight – exercising regularly also means you’ll have a decreased risk of heart disease, diabetes, strokes and even some cancers.

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12 Quotes that Get Them to Take Action

Productive & Organized

I have been collecting quotes since I was in grade school.    In fact, when I worked in corporate, I had my interior windows plastered with quotes. They worked to eliminate distractions of people walking by too.)    Quotes from others have a way of resonating with our psyche. 

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Using Social Media to Build Relationships

Customers Rock!

A lot of businesses love social media because they feel it helps them spread the word about their organization and what they do. And it does.

4 Easy Ways to Make Your Career Better in 2012

On The Job

I know a lot of people say you shouldn't make resolutions because you're just setting yourself up for disappointment. But I feel just the opposite -- when I make a resolution, I feel hopeful. I think that's because I do a gut check as I make a resolution.

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11 Golden Rules of Time Management

Ian's Messy Desk

Understand the value of your time: We may all value our time differently, but we all have the same number of minutes in a day. Once they are lost, they are gone forever. Plan: You don’t plan failure, but you have to plan for success. Do tomorrow’s planning today: Don’t wait until you’re in the middle of the day to figure out what you need to accomplish. Determine that before the day starts. Identify your “prime time:” What part of the day do you have more or less energy?

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2011 Survey Results: Solopreneurs Are Optimistic About 2012, Despite Challenges

The Solopreneur Life

S olopreneurs are optimistic about 2012, even as they face challenges with cash flow, time management, marketing, and other aspects of their solo businesses. Those are among the findings in The Second-Annual Solopreneur Life 2011 End-of-Year Survey. The anonymous survey, which was conducted using Survey Monkey and attracted 77 responses, consisted of 25 questions and was conducted during the first three weeks of December. Respondents were able to complete the survey only once. Executive Summary.

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Finding the Courage to Stay the Course

Dumb Little Man

Anytime you decide on the pursuit of an important goal, you’ll be faced with a series of challenges. Peaks, valleys and plateaus are par for the the course. But the thing that separates the people who make it from the ones that don’t is the courage to stay the course. At the start of any new endeavor most of us look forward to every single day with a child like excitement. We see infinite possibilities and the future appears bright.

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SOPA What is it? Why should you care?

Eco-Office Gals

If you come to Eco-Office Gals on January 18th – we won’t be here, along with many others in an effort to Stop SOPA. Here is a video with the basics. Click through to post if you are viewing this in your feed). So, what should you do?

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