Sat.Jan 26, 2013 - Fri.Feb 01, 2013

5 Sneaky Tricks Your Left Brain is Playing on You

Dumb Little Man

The truth is that your left brain is probably playing tricks on you and robbing you of creative ideas. Most feel comfortable going from point A to point B, systematically building on the previous step. They love control and organization.

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Office Items That You Can Reuse or Recycle

Eco-Office Gals

Even office workers that have yet to embrace the ideals of green living are aware of the fact that recycling exists, especially if you’ve decided to set up bins around the office to remind them that there’s an alternative to throwing everything in the trash.

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J’adore rapport – working with a new manager

Practically Perfect PA

Congratulations you got the job, you’ve worked your notice, you have bought a few outfits and now you are sitting at your desk ready to face the challenges of a new role.

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Kiss That Frog!: 21 Ways to Turn Negatives into Positives

Ian's Messy Desk

Just like the lonely princess in the fairy tale who was reluctant to lock lips with a warty frog and transform him into a handsome prince, something stops many of us short of attaining our dreams.

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The 5 Minute Trick to Dramatically Improve Quality Time with Your Kids

Dumb Little Man

My wife and I both have demanding jobs - mine as a partner at a product development company and hers as a managing director at a transfer pricing consulting company. We also are proud parents of a three year old, with another one imminently arriving.

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How to Reduce Food Waste at Home and in the Office

Eco-Office Gals

A lot of times, when we toss food into the trash can, we don’t give it a second thought. However, once it is picked up to be taken to our local landfill, do you know what it turns into over time?

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Strategies for Expanding Your Professional Network

Eat Your Career

We’ve all heard it a million times: “It’s not WHAT you know; it’s WHO you know.”. While I don’t believe this entirely (to me, it’s both what you know and who you know), I definitely agree that having a strong professional network is a critically important part of creating career success.

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8 Ways to Dramatically Boost Your Productivity While Traveling

Dumb Little Man

As organizations get larger, it’s inevitable that their leaders will have to invest in some travel. Whether they’re visiting current clients, attending conferences, meeting new clients, or simply seeking inspiration, travel becomes a crucial and unavoidable part of a growing business.

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Green Ways to Heat Your Office

Eco-Office Gals

When the cold winds of winter are howling outside your office door, you might not care where the heat in your building comes from; you’re probably just happy to have it.

Let’s hear it for paper (and people like me)

The Small Business Blog

If only you could see my desk right now – alright I’ll let you. This is it, four hours into a day, when all order and good intentions have melted into delicious, organised chaos.

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CFO's Top Corporate Finance Trends for 2013

Small Business Labs

Interesting 2013 trends list from CFO Magazine.  Their six trends are: 1.    The pressure on CFOs to unlock corporate cash hordes will grow. Billions and billions are sitting corporate balance sheets basically earning bupkis due to low interest rates. CFO expects stock buybacks and increased dividends.    2.    To hire or not to hire will be the question. CFO thinks 2013 might be the year corporations increase hiring.

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Reboot Your Life Like Betty White

Dumb Little Man

We all know her. In fact, we all pretty much grew up watching her antics on television. From guest appearances, games shows, sitcoms and countless commercial spots; who hasn’t had a laugh with Betty White?

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The Green Can Is Recycling for the Benefit of Mankind

Eco-Office Gals

In Florida, as in many places, recycling is not mandatory. Many things in life are not financially profitable, however that doesn’t mean they are not the correct thing to do. Recycling typically falls into this category.

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Are you struggling with content for your blog?

The Small Business Blog

I expect the vast majority of us know, by now, that blogging is good for business. We know that effective blogging is a vital element of our marketing strategy; it encourages customer engagement and attracts traffic to the website. And yet, some still hold back from doing so.

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Got Charisma?

On The Job

Martin Luther King, Jr. Bill Clinton. Oprah Winfrey. John Kennedy. When you think of such people, charisma is probably a word that comes to mind. Were they born with it? Or did they learn it? Most studies agree that charisma is a combination of factors.

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The Rise of Tiny Apartments

Small Business Labs

New York City just approved a plan for an apartment complex on Manhattan’s East Side featuring 55 “micro units.”   These units will range from 370 to 250 square feet. The prior minimum size for an apartment in New York City was 400 square feet. New York joins many other cities in embracing micro units. Last year San Francisco changed their building code to allow micro units as small as 220 square feet and is already considering lowering this to 150 square feet.

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The Most Eco-Friendly Lighting Options for Your Office

Eco-Office Gals

A well-lit office is a necessity if you want workers to actually get some work done instead of taking naps on their desks. And yet, the electricity drawn by traditional incandescent bulbs could be a major source of waste (and expense) in your office.

Markets- A lesson in business.

The Small Business Blog

A walk down to Borough Market in London on a Saturday before Christmas confirmed two things to me. The first, great quality artisan food businesses are alive and well, and the second, people are interested in buying their goods, and ‘food culture’ is alive and well, safe to say- it was heaving.

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New Year’s Resolutions For Your Business — Making Them Is The Easy Part

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Here we are, already a month into the new year. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions for your business? If so, how are they coming along? Are you still focused, committed and on track? Or are you already starting to feel a bit deflated? If so, you’re not alone.

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From Corporate To Creative

Office Organization Success

Being in San Diego last weekend was fabulous. Apart from 70+ degree temperatures, the fashion event I attended was amazing (I’ll share more about that in a few weeks). And then it was back to super-cold North-west Ohio. and that was my downfall! This week I’ve been battling a really nasty cold, so haven’t been able to get as much done as I’d wanted to, including some announcements I wanted to make in this ezine!

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Eco-Frienly Printing Concepts

Eco-Office Gals

Despite the effort to go wireless, the computer age has not yet eliminated the paper trail. The average employee still prints 10,000 pages per year.

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What Makes a Good Conference Venue?

The Small Business Blog

Anyone that has ever had to organise a conference will tell you there are 1000s (in fact over 29,000 in the UK) of venues to choose from. When choosing a venue for your next conference there is more to consider than just the budget.

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The Six Styles of Procrastination

Clutter Coach

Originally posted 2011-06-01 10:47:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Hey, it’s like a quiz! Don’t you love taking quizzes? Identify your particular procrastination style and try the suggested solutions.

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How to Stop Hating Your Team

On The Job

Hate working in teams? Sometimes, I do to. I don't have time to deal with the drama queen, the negative Ned and the overzealous employee who thinks he is the next Donald Trump. That's why I was a bit reassured to know I'm not alone, and there is hope.

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How to Measure the Effectiveness of Your Green Renovations

Eco-Office Gals

Everything you do in business has, at its root, a single goal: to generate a profit.

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Top 5 Tips for Disaster Preparedness

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. Preparedness is key to a quick recovery.

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GPS Your Career: A Woman’s Guide to Success Radio Show

Office Organization Success

I had the pleasure of being interviewed yesterday by Bonnie Marcus for her GPS Your Career: A Woman’s Guide to Success radio show. The first half of the show was guest Cindy Bates who is the Vice President of Microsoft’s US SMB Organization, and she talked about the technology challenges facing small business owners. I was a guest for the second half of the show, and talked about the challenges of running a small business and using the best systems to support your business.

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How Solopreneurs Can Avoid Becoming Commodities

The Solopreneur Life

C ommodity: a class of goods and services for which there is demand, but which is supplied without qualitative differentiation across a market. The market treats commodities as equivalent, with no regard to who produced them. What’s the biggest threat to solo businesses? In my opinion, it’s letting your products and services become commodities. Traditionally, we think of products like salt, milk, flour, and gasoline as commodities.

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The 411 on Zero Energy Neighborhoods

Eco-Office Gals

If someone were to tell you that you could move into not just a home, but a whole neighborhood that creates zero carbon footprint in terms of energy use, you might not believe it.

Moxie Tip 308: Divorcing Clients

Virtual Moxie

Divorcing, firing, ending the relationship with—by whatever name you give it, this is one aspect of owning a VA practice that often creates a lot of anxiety for people. I think the reason for that is often because we don't like confrontation, and we see this kind of conversation in that light. As a result, we don't want to have it, even though we know we need to.

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Why minimalism is toxic for you and your business

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

Minimalism is downright harmful to you, your ambition and your business. I’ll tell you why I believe this in just a moment, but first, let me say that I’ve allowed minimalism to grind my gears for such a long time that I just have to vent. And blogging allows me to rant away.

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Must Have Gadgets for the Modern Entrepreneur

The Small Business Blog

The world of technology is moving at an ever increasing pace, and with it businesses and the people who run them must adapt and take advantage of these advancements. To work effectively in the modern world there a few must have gadgets and some others that are quickly becoming necessities. The following are just a few but for people in different industries there will undoubtedly be others. Smartphone. A smartphone is in many ways the swiss army knife of business gadgets.

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Online Courses for Eco-Entrepreneurs

Eco-Office Gals

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Moxie Tip 309: The Best Way to Say Goodbye to Clients

Virtual Moxie

I think that the absolute best way to do it is voice-to-voice (if not face-to-face). If you've had a relationship with the client (as I hope you have), it's the respectful, kind thing to do. The only time I actively support doing it via email is if the client is toxic to you and you know that having a conversation would put you at risk for abuse.

2013 149

Simplifying The Task List

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Even though I write this blog and make it a point to find the best ways to be productive, occasionally I get buried. Right now I am buried under a mountain of projects and tasks. I simply look at my task list and want to run away and join the circus. It isn’t the first time it has happened, and I am sure it will not be the last. But there is one thing I have learned from all the times this has happened.

2013 149

The Power of Visuals

Office Dynamics

Good day Monday Motivators. It is the last Monday of January already. To me, January usually drags and seems boring after the holidays but this January was busy, exciting, and passed quickly. I had an exhilarating experience last week.

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5 Growing Green Business Opportunities

Eco-Office Gals

The current White House administration has taken a strong stance on environmental protection and the growth of green business, making it a great time to think about ways that you could open the door to the eco-friendly marketplace, or take your current business in a greener direction.

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