Sat.Feb 23, 2013 - Fri.Mar 01, 2013

Is working from home really more energy efficient?

Eco-Office Gals

There are some pretty conflicting opinions on this subject. On the one hand, working from home can reduce your carbon emissions through a lack of commuting. But, on the other hand, around 17% of the US workforce is now at home all day, every day, causing an increase in energy consumption.

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Being #1

The Small Business Blog

Comes with enormous responsibility. The failure, the success, or a somewhat tacky mix of both- whatever result that your team achieves, they say, is a direct result of your leadership.

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Why Lateral Moves Can be a Smart Career Strategy

On The Job

Does you career resemble one of those crazy paths in the children's game "Chutes and Ladders?" If so, you're not alone. No longer does a career have a straight upward trajectory, and that can be OK. Read this latest story I did for Gannett /USA Today to understand why.

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Assistants! Get the most out of attending an event

Practically Perfect PA

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that gets a little bit apprehensive about attending events, especially large exhibitions that are set up like a gauntlet that you have to navigate through while avoiding overzealous sales people pulling you from one badly designed stand to another.

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Top 5 eco-friendly office supplies

Eco-Office Gals

Being eco-friendly is at the top of the list for a lot of entrepreneurs at the moment, as lowering their carbon footprint can help them to save money in the long run. Being green can boost brand image as well, especially as a lot of people are choosing to only work with eco companies these days.

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Top 5 Tips for Using LinkedIn

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. LinkedIn is a great way to make connections and maintain business relationships.

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What's a Cicerone? (hint - it involves beer and coaching)

Small Business Labs

A cicerone is the beer industry's equivalent of a wine sommelier. Cicerones provide expert advice on the selection, food pairing and serving of beer.   There's even a professional certification program for these beer experts.

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Are You Seen as Too Young for a Challenge?

On The Job

One of the biggest mistakes I made in the early part of my career was when my boss mentioned the year he graduated from high school. That’s the year I was born!” I responded. The expression on his face should have been a clue to me that I had just made the man feel older than dirt.

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China now leads the world in online shopping

The Small Business Blog

Has your small business ever sold anything to China? If not, don’t be surprised if you do in the near future.

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Boost Your Productivity By Tracking Threads

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Having one thing to track is fine. Having dozens at various stages in a process, and having to keep track of where each one is, can be a nightmare.

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How I Lost More Than 150 Pounds

Dumb Little Man

The picture to the right summarizes what my thoughts were one day, but of course the weight didn't just melt off after that, it took work. What started the journey was the DECISION to make a lifestyle change which entailed a major diet change and adding exercise to my life.

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How to get organized for everyday disasters

Clutter Coach

When disaster strikes, being prepared is essential. That means knowing how to get organized to recover. It means knowing where that solar powered radio is is critical. Having a food stash means not worrying about scavenging.

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Successful Businesses Are Built on Passion and Fueled by Excitement

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Remember the passion you felt when you started your business? Do you still feel that same drive and ambition you felt when you first opened your doors or hung out your shingle?

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Create a Resume or CV Free Online

Ian's Messy Desk

If you’re looking for help or ideas for creating a resume or writing a cover letter, CVrite is a website aimed at assisting job seekers with CV and resumé preparation. They offer. a free online resume or CV creator (accessible from the home page).

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What a Girl Scout Taught Me About Hustle

Dumb Little Man

The season is once again among us. It’s a time for making request and delivering goodies. Not Christmas, Easter or some other holiday, but Girl Scout cookie time! This is a wondrous time of the year where we cast off restraints and indulge a bit more than we should.

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Desperately seeking support for your business? 3 tips for finding it without blowing your budget!

The Small Business Blog

I remember once receiving an invitation to join a ‘mastermind’ group of female entrepreneurs. Become part of an intimate, band of leaders who understands your trials and tribulations,” it beckoned. Together, we can take your business to giddy heights.”. I eagerly clicked on. WARNING!” It cautioned. This level of support does not come cheap. You will need a minimum investment of £18,000 + VAT. Time wasters need not apply.”. I didn’t! If you have the money, then a good mentor is worth every penny.

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Use Email to Stay Organized

Clutter Coach

Originally posted 2008-10-08 17:26:08. Republished by Blog Post Promoter I asked my friend David over dinner one night how he manages to keep on top of all his project s at work.

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Simplify Blog Reading With Mr. Reader

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. It isn’t often I rave about software. But I found something that has taken my blog reading and made it so easy that I actually look forward to processing all my feeds! I stumbled upon this after another round of Pocket/Pinboard left me frustrated with my blog reading. I looked in the App Store for “Google Reader” and “Pinboard” and Mr. Reader popped up.

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6 Ways to Keep Your Relationship Fresh and Exciting

Dumb Little Man

If you’re in a long term relationship or marriage , you know that it’s not always easy to keep that warm glow of freshness and excitement alive in your relationship. After the first bout of heady romantic love is gone, everyday sameness settles into any relationship.

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Is Good CSR Important for Small Companies?

The Small Business Blog

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is increasingly in the limelight these days, especially since social media has given businesses a platform with which to appear more ‘human’. Facebook and Twitter are not only good marketing tools; they can offer companies the opportunity to interact directly with customers, and instantly address any bad PR in an appropriate manner.

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What Are You Modeling?

Virtual Moxie

"Modeling" is simply teaching through action. In the context of your practice, everything you do in business models for someone else what it is to be in business for yourself. For instance, working with ideal clients models a variety of things: Having high standards. Engaging in joyful work.

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Content Repurposing. It Can Really Be This Simple #InfoGraphic

Productive & Organized

Source: via Stephanie on Pinterest

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Is the Market for Food Trucks Becoming Oversaturated?

Small Business Labs

As a recent Zagat blog post points out, "There’s been some national discussion lately about whether the market for food trucks is becoming oversaturated." " Our quick answer to this question is no, not even close. As we state in our food truck research report , we think the food truck industry will continue to substantially expand for at least the next 3-5 years. Our reasons are: 1.

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Website Visitors Using Mobile Devices Triples in 2 Years

The Solopreneur Life

I ’m looking at the analytics of my golf website, In the past month, 35% of the visitors have used mobile devices. (Of Of those devices, 47% have been using iPads and 38% have been using iPhones.). In February 2012, 19% of the visitors used mobile devices. In April 2011 (the site’s first month), 11% used mobile devices. So the percentage of visitors using mobile devices has more than tripled in 2 years.

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Open Loops 3/1/2013: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. I think Stever has a good point here: goals are only valid if there is a road map to where you are going. If the path is not laid out, you need to take a different approach. He talks about it here: “Get-It-Done Guy : How to Set Unplannable Goals” It is a good question to ask…and then find the answers. This article really goes into depth with the author’s findings, as well as the changes she made.

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The Psychology of the Job Interview

Job Advice Blog

Very few people say they genuinely enjoy job interviews. That makes sense because in the same way that most people dislike taking tests, a job interview is a test.

Obamacare, Job Lock and Freelancers

Small Business Labs

According to the  MBO Partners State of Independence study  about 1/3rd of independent workers  do not have  health insurance.    This, obviously, is not good.  But it may also change in 2014 as the Obamacare mandated insurance exchanges begin operation.   Obamacare may also increase the number of the people who become freelancers because it will likely end or reduce health insurance related job lock.

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Moxie Tip 323: Your Voice is Critical to Your Success

Virtual Moxie

You’ve been you for however many years you’ve been on this planet. And who you are—the core of that—was formed pretty early. What you like, what you don’t, your style, what emboldens you, what infuriates you all can change with life experiences, but who you are really doesn’t. And that core has a voice that is critical to your being. No big surprise there. Whatever that voice is… that’s the voice you need to infuse your work with.

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NLT: Another Abbreviation to Avoid

Business Writing

A professor at a nearby university just scheduled an appointment with my daughter. He wrote, "I will meet you at 2 pm, NLT 2:15." My daughter searched the college map to figure out which building was NLT or NLT. Email Etiquette Writing Tips

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Creating Automation For Clients

Office Organization Success

I’m ready for Spring! The one thing I’ve never got used to are the cold Ohio winters. It’s not like we’ve had a lot of snow this winter, it’s just been so cold. I treated myself to a day off on Wednesday (one of the advantages of being your own boss!) and I went with a friend to Toledo, shoe shopping … at least I can buy summer shoes and sandals, even if I can’t wear them yet.

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U.S. Pet Population Declining?

Small Business Labs

The New York Times article High Debt and Falling Demand chronicles the financial problems facing U.S. veterinarians. Key quote: The problem is a boom in supply (that is, vets) and a decline in demand (namely, veterinary services). According to article the number of pets in the U.S. has declined over the last 5 years or so.  Here's the data from the article: from 2006 to 2011 the number of dogs declined from 72 million to 70 million.

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Why You Should Get Serious About Your Writing Schedule

Men With Pens

I’m not a self-schedule-oriented person. It’s far easier to stick to someone else’s schedule than your own. Self-discipline can be HARD. So when James told me that I need a daily writing schedule , I balked. I don’t want a schedule! I can’t guarantee where I’ll be at any single time.

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Your Brand: Do You Know What It Is?

Job Advice Blog

If you’re in transition and want to be found among the many people looking for work, you must stand out. How can you increase your chances of being called in for an interview if you cannot be picked out from the crowd? The answer is in your brand. Why do people ask for a Coke [.].

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Love Your Career: Showing Up Fully and Completely

Office Dynamics

Monday Motivators! It is the last Monday of February 2013! I hope last week was productive and fulfilling and you are ready to venture into this last week of February. Have you ever watched American Idol?

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Moxie Tip 324: Think Possibility

Virtual Moxie

How many times have you heard a suggestion and immediately cast it aside? Maybe your immediate thought was, “Nah… that won’t work!” But how do you know ? Often that happens out of fear. Fear of what would happen if it worked. Fear of what the “new way” might look like or feel like or require of you. If you ever worked for someone who always insisted that things be done a certain way, you’ll understand why watching yourself here is important. ;). And what if? Seriously. what if it works?

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Evaluating Benefits 101 – Comparing Premium Costs is Just Not Enough

Small Business CEO

The current business environment is a difficult one. While businesses are still seeking to expand, prudent business executives and owners are also looking to economize in every way possible.

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The 10 Key Principles of Change Management


Over the last 6 months I have been designing, testing and piloting an exciting new Change Management Game for leaders and teams which lets them experience what it is like to lead a complete 9-month change management project over the course of a single day.

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