May, 2012

Increase Your Productivity By Touching It Once

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the underlying fundamentals of productivity is to only expend as much energy as necessary, but no more. Yet most of us break this principle many times every day. It’s because we touch things more than once.

2012 268

Asking the Right Question Could Be a Career-Booster

On The Job

I was recently with family who had several young children. It was fascinating to watch how curious they were about everything. It seems every sentence started with "why" or "how."

2012 257

Social CRM: An Idea Whose Time has Come?

Customers Rock!

Social Media CRM, or Social CRM, is getting a lot of air time these days. But where does it fit? Today’s post is by Laurie Shook. Laurie is a technology marketer creating solutions that help people communicate and collaborate more effectively.

2012 239

Grim Job Market Continues for Young Americans

Small Business Labs

Although the overall labor market continues to improve, there isn't a lot of good job news for young Americans.  The Economic Policy Institute's The Class of 2012 lays out how the job situation is for those 25 and younger.

2012 224

How to Choose "Affect" or "Effect"

Business Writing

People in business writing classes have been asking for ways to know whether affect or effect is correct. Here are my best tips for choosing the appropriate word. If you are choosing a noun, your correct choice will be effect. Frequently Asked Questions Grammar and Usage Teaching Business Writing

2012 214

6-Step Checklist for a Successful Sales System

Office Organization Success

So, your brand-new product or program is all ready to go. You’ve done all the hard work in creating it and getting it ready to sell on your website; the one job that remains to be done is to actually get it out there so your clients can purchase it … you need a Sales System!

2012 209

Using Dreamboards

Simple Productivity Blog

“Out of sight, out of mind” It’s not just true about people and things we are trying to avoid. It’s also true about our goals. Thoreau once said, “Our life is frittered away by detail.”

2012 224

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Customer Experience Food for Thought

Customers Rock!

I want to eat there! As many of you know, I have been doing quite a bit of traveling lately, speaking about my book and sharing the Customers Rock! message all over the world – most recently in Bogota, Colombia!

2012 221

Seven Lessons to Reboot Your Life

Dumb Little Man

In 2008, I was like most dynamic women: running on life’s treadmill, overbooking myself, pursuing all my passions at once. Trying to “live my best life” almost stole it from me. I almost died from a brain aneurysm. My husband found me on the floor, collapsed and unconscious.

2012 286

Ghana – A Community Devastated by E-waste

Eco-Office Gals

Few things can galvanize a neighborhood quite like trash. It’s a classic community problem—everyone creates lots of garbage on a daily basis, but no one wants a trash dump next to their neighborhood, or anywhere near them for that matter.

2012 199

Featured Soloist Derek Peterson: “Always Work to Fill the Glass”

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 Derek Peterson. If you would like to be the “Featured Soloist,” please send me an e-mail, Larry@TheSolopreneurLife.com.

2012 192

Recognizing Burnout

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Normally on Mondays I try to give tips and methods to make you more productive. This week I am going to share something about myself and hope that it may help others. I am on the verge of burnout.

2012 215

How to Toot Your Own Horn Without Annoying Others

On The Job

I participate in several LinkedIn groups, and one question that caught my eye the other day was whether journalists should have a blog as a way to promote their personal brand.

2012 240

Lithium’s Customer Heroes

Customers Rock!

2012 196

How to Make Each Day a Downhill Stroll Instead of an Uphill Struggle

Dumb Little Man

Back in college, I came across a life-changing personal development concept. It made an immediate difference to my academic work – and it’s still something that helps me every day.

2012 285

How to get your Employee’s to be Eco-Friendly

Eco-Office Gals

You have decided to make a big work decision and go green. That means you have taken the time to turn your office into an office that tries it’s hardest not to harm the earth. You know it’s a great decision but you may have a hard time convincing your employees otherwise.

2012 198

Book Review: Small Town Rules

Small Business Labs

Small Town Rules - How Big Brands and Small Businesses Can Prosper in a Connected Community argues that a combination of social, economic, demographic and technology shifts have resulted in business in general looking more and more like business in a small town.

2012 191

Stop Avoiding The Elephant In The Room! It’s ENUFF!

Simple Productivity Blog

Every now and then I run across a gem of a book that inspires me, entertains me, and motivates me to get up and do something. ENUFF: Eliminate the Needless, Useless, Foolish, and Frivolous by Kate Carpenter is one of those books.

2012 211

If you're a student, what you should be doing this summer

On The Job

2012 234

Top 5 Tips for Taking Time Off from Your Small Business

The Small Business Blog

Top 5 Tips posts from the SME Blog are always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Make sure that your email Inbox is totally clear of anything urgent and that you have replied to everything important. You can set your email to provide an ‘out of office’ message…

2012 186

One Uncomfortable Difference Between Successful and Unsuccessful People

Dumb Little Man

Are you one of those people who jealously adore successful people and think, “Why am I not successful? Why haven’t I reached fame - even if I’ve worked hard every day? What’s wrong with me?”

2012 286

Going Green to Save Green: 3 Money-Saving Office Solutions

Eco-Office Gals

The new eco-centric business model isn’t a fad to be canceled out by the next trend. While the environmental implications of the green business are obvious, the fact that going green can actually save your small business serious money may not be as well known.

2012 194

PA Confidential

Practically Perfect PA

As assistants we are trusted with confidential information on a regular basis, we see our boss’ emails, we open their post and we often hear private details about other members of staff.

2012 184

Why Stepping Back Can Boost Your 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. Is there anyone out there who doesn’t want to be more productive?

2012 209

How to Get Along Better With Your Boss

On The Job

I thought the manager’s face would explode. I was at lunch with a high level finance executive the other day when his cell phone rang. He looked at the number displayed on the screen and his face turned beet red – I think I even saw a couple of purple splotches mixed in.

2012 204

Top 5 Tips for Selling Online

The Small Business Blog

Top 5 Tips posts from the SME Blog are always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Let people know the story behind your business. Many people support small businesses purely because of the people who are in charge of them and knowing about the struggles they go through …

2012 183

How To Use Food To Keep Off Of The Energy Roller Coaster

Dumb Little Man

Does this sound like your day?

2012 285

Why Small Businesses Aren't Hiring - VUCA

Small Business Labs

VUCA is an acronym developed by the U.S. Army War College in the late 1990's to describe their view of the future strategic environment.

2012 181

The Glamorous Life of the Solopreneur, Example No. 83

The Solopreneur Life

T he solopreneur life — it’s so, so glamorous! The home on the beach, the 4-hour work weeks, the world travel, the wealth and riches! If you’re a regular reader of my columns, you know that I’m kidding. Griffin. This week our dog Griffin had, ahem, bowel issues.

2012 177

5 Sneaky Productivity Sappers

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. We all want to be on the top of our game. Sometimes we are not because of legitimate reasons; other times our productivity gets stolen from us. I was thinking about the things that zap my productivity without me being aware of it.

2012 196

What Makes a Great Leader?

On The Job

I've interviewed many leaders over the years, and the one thing that comes up consistently is that great managers don't have to use a bunch of fancy voodoo to motivate or inspire workers.

2012 195

Don’t push when you can pull

The Small Business Blog

No selling required There is a better way of winning new customers than pushing you and your B2B offer at them. Customers love it because they’re buying rather than being sold to. You’ll like it because it feels better than selling and you’ll get more long term business from it. Using social media well has…

2012 175

Are You In Control of Your Life?

Dumb Little Man

A sentence that our cycling instructor told us a while back made me think. She reminded us that we are in control of our workout. She could be there to motivate us to push harder and try to keep us from giving up, but ultimately it was completely up to us to perform.

2012 285

Offices Going to the Dogs

Small Business Labs

For the 2nd week in a row , we have story on dogs.  Workforce's Pet Projects (registration required) covers the growing trend of employers letting employees bring pets to work, especially dogs.   The article says pets in the office reduce stress and increase employee loyalty.

2012 179

Surviving the open plan office

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Over the years most of my roles have been based in large open plan offices where I sit in amongst dozens of other colleagues, all working away at a common cause… well presumably!

2012 173

How Pre-Flight Checklists Can Save A World Of Effort

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. An airplane pilot goes through a pre-flight checklist of things that she must do in order to make sure the plane is in working order before attempting to take off.

2012 194

How To Deal With Negativity at Work

On The Job

Sometimes there is nothing more irritating than those trite phrases like “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” When you’re having a tough time in life, your first inclination may be to tell those full of such homespun logic to go suck a lemon.

2012 188