Sat.Apr 08, 2017 - Fri.Apr 14, 2017

Core Administrative Skills Always Need Improving

Office Dynamics

Designed by Freepik. I am pretty sure that as you focus on your career this month because of Administrative Professionals Week, you are looking for some awesome earth-shattering, off-the-charts ideas. We have done our best to provide you with some great blogs during the month of April. Now I am going to surprise you by telling you one of the most awesome administrative skills you can work on is being brilliant at the basics.

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55 Bulletproof Productivity Hacks – Do You Know Them All?

Dumb Little Man

What do Mark Zuckerburg, Arianna Huffington, Jerry Seinfeld, and The Terminator have in common? They’ve all been ridiculously successful by hacking their productivity, often in super simple ways. And they’ve all been generous enough to share their methods so that you can benefit, too.

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Day in the life: Donna Lindsay

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s Day in the life is with Donna Lindsay, who is a PA with the Scottish Government. Donna recently spoke at the Assist Conference and had loads of advice for the audience on how to deal with confidential matters and remain discrete. Donna also won last year’s Scottish PA of the Year.

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Is the Gig Economy Good or Bad for Gig Workers?

Small Business Labs

The reality is the gig economy is good for most gig workers and bad for some.    But the New York Times doesn't see it that way. They believe the gig economy is all bad.

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Why Do Administrative Teams Have So Much Drama?

Office Dynamics

On a recent webinar, Joan noticed a question that caught her attention: Why do so many administrative teams have drama? She asked me to weigh in on this topic and I jumped at the opportunity. The question of why is interesting, and I’ve found there are several reasons for workplace drama. But first, let’s talk about what that word really means.

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It’s Not the Destination. It’s the Journey

Office Dynamics

It’s not where you end up that means as much. As the road that you travel along. And it’s not the result that counts as much. As the progress that makes you strong. Since it’s not the destination. It’s the journey. It’s not meeting your aim that matters as much. As the course that you take day by day. And it’s not reaching your goal but who you touch. As you share from your heart along the way. Because it’s not the destination. It’s the journey.

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PPC Growth Hacks That Will Improve The ROI For Small Businesses

Small Business CEO

Your business would love to generate a positive ROI, as it is the goal of any business whether build online or offline. Perhaps, PPC is a great platform to showcase your business and products/services to your interested customers in the digital market.

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Need a fresh start this Easter?

Practically Perfect PA

I don’t know about you, but I love Easter and not just because of the chocolate consumption! For me, I see Easter as the proper start of the year. The first months of the year always fly by in a blur of dark nights, rain and layers of clothing.

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Mental Toughness: The Secret To Success

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever wished you had a super power? Something that can make you special or better than everyone else? Of course, almost everyone wishes, in one way or another, to have some secret potential to unlock. Well, what if I told you that all your superhero dreams of unlimited power, potential, and unmatched skills are completely attainable? Now, you might probably be thinking that this is another cheesy scam. Well, it’s not. I’m not trying to sell anything either.

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The 43 Folders Method (Paper System)

Office Dynamics

I mentioned the 43 folders method in my Core Administrative Skills Always Need Improving post and a lot of you wanted more information on this method. This information is in our Executives and Assistants Working In Partnership: The Definitive Guide to Success. Because we love you and it’s our Blog-A-Thon , I would love to share it with you! This is a popular system advocated by productivity and time management experts around the world.

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A Taxing Endeavor: 3 Tips to Take the Stress Out of Tax Season

Small Business CEO

Benjamin Franklin famously quipped that only two things are certain in life: death and taxes. Given that inevitability, it might seem surprising that so many business owners struggle during tax season.

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The Article “The” in Geographical Names

Daily Writing Tips

When is it appropriate to use the article the in geographical names? Some types of terms are consistent, but for other categories, usage differs depending on the type of name. The following discussion lists categorical examples and explains why the is used with some designations and not others.

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The Health Benefits Of A Drone Hobby

Dumb Little Man

Flying drones can mean great fun not just for you, but your family, too. However, since the devices can come with a hefty price tag, investing your money in them won’t be an easy decision to make. To give you a clearer idea on what you can get from a drone hobby, here’s a quick list of its health benefits. Get Out, Get Active. Flying a drone is not just about lounging in a lawn chair and spying on your next door neighbors. Get creative.

Time For Administrative Professionals To Stay Vigilant!

Office Dynamics

What if you had Donald Trump as a boss? Even if you are a Trump supporter, you cannot deny that our new President ran his entire campaign exhibiting Class A, typecast bully behavior. This may lead one to ask: Is this the new paradigm of acceptable behavior in the workplace today?

Create the Marketplace – Own the Marketplace

Small Business CEO

People want something unique and different, so don’t compete—create your own. In a nutshell that’s the motto CEO and business founder Jeff Pedersen lives by, and what enabled him to start, and continue running, his successful business, Cariloha. Many of today’s current marketplaces are saturated.

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Leave a Note to Surprise and Delight Customers

Business Writing

I received a delightful note when I found my seat at the Arena Stage Theater in Washington, D.C., last week. I was on vacation and visiting the theater for the first time. An envelope addressed to Ms. Lynn Gaertner-Johnston lay. Courteous Writing Positive Language Teaching Business Writing

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How To Master Difficult Conversations At Work

Dumb Little Man

It’s safe to say that no one likes workplace confrontation. However, avoiding these kinds of interactions at work is practically impossible. Whether you are leading a team, a company or just your own task list, there will be times where you’ll need to face difficult conversations at work. Fortunately, there are ways to soften the blow and make these types of conversations much less painful.

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5 Reasons Why You Need Emotional Intelligence

Office Dynamics

Sure, having a high IQ is great, but how does your EQ (emotional quotient) at work stack up? Nearly all HR managers (95 percent) and employees (99 percent) surveyed by OfficeTeam said it’s important for staff to have strong emotional intelligence. In addition, more than one in five workers (21 percent) believe EQ is more valuable in the office than IQ. What is Emotional Intelligence? You’ve probably heard the phrase “emotional intelligence” before and dismissed it as the latest buzzword.

How to Market Your New Independent Pharmacy

Small Business CEO

Opening up the doors of a pharmacy is not like any other kind of business. The aim of a pharmacy is genuinely to assist the clientele that walks through the doors with sometimes the most personal of needs.

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40 Words Beginning with “Para-“

Daily Writing Tips

The prefix para- is versatile, meaning “beside,” “closely related,” or “closely resembling”; “accessory” or “subsidiary”; “beyond”; or “abnormal” or “faulty.” The commonality is that a word beginning with para- pertains to the relationship or resemblance of something to something else.

Changing Perceptions: Understanding What We Can Control In Life

Dumb Little Man

Differentiating what one can change and what one cannot control in life can be invaluable for some people. As obvious as it sounds, there is no point in trying to change what is outside of one’s control. However, that shouldn’t always be the case. Although we can’t control everything, we still have the power to change how things can affect us. And it starts with changing perceptions. Why We Should Do This.

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Cut Word Clutter: Get Rid of Tag-ons and Redundancies

Office Dynamics

Designed by Freepik. This is part of a series by editor Barbara McNichol to provide tips for writing like a pro. Let’s say you have to fill out a form online and you’re restricted to 100 words. You absolutely cannot add one more word; the system won’t allow it. So you work it the best you can, but what can you search for in your quest to meet the magic number of words? Tag-ons and redundancies (which aren’t needed, anyway). In these tag-ons, you can get rid of the second word.

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6 Practical Steps to Grow Your Small Business

Small Business CEO

How do you turn your small business into a major corporation? You may have a brick-and-mortar business, or you may have a digital business, or you may have an offline business with an online presence.

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3 Ways to Avoid Confusing Your Readers

Daily Writing Tips

Word choice, insertion or omission of punctuation, and syntax (arrangement of words and phrases) all affect comprehension. In each of the following sentences, one of these components of sentence construction is the source of ambiguity or confusion.

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The Evolution of Men’s Fashion

Dumb Little Man

Time has been the biggest witness of the evolution of men’s fashion. Every period, both wearers and designers experienced immense changes that led the industry to what it is today. In this article, we made sure no era has been overlooked. We’ve listed down the time frames and the respective fashion must-haves that made men look stylish for each period. Late 1800s.

The Importance Of Taking Part In Non-Tech Related Hobbies And Activities


Today’s guest post is by Kacey Mya. Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for “ The Drifter Collective. ” She finds excitement in the world around her and this is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. You can connect with Kacey on Twitter , Pinterest or Instagram. Today most forms of entertainment involve turning on a screen and staring at it for hours at a time.

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NPR on Side Gigs

Small Business Labs

One of our favorite radio programs,  NPR's On Point Radio , had an interesting show last week on side hustles (gigs).    The Necessity of the Millennial Side Hustle  described side hustles as: Everybody has to hustle in this economy.

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Why Bosses Need to Be More Agile

On The Job

There's lots of talk these days about the need for companies and their employees to be more "agile," to learn to adapt quickly to changing market conditions and customer demands. The problem, however, may be that it's the managers who are the ones who are the real sticks in the mud. For example, there was a story in the Wall Street Journal about how some bosses hoard talent, refusing to let workers move on.

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10 Actually Useful Fortune Cookie Fortunes

Dumb Little Man

During weekends, my son and I would go out and do stuff. We’d do different activities, like going to a video arcade and hitting different adventure games. It’s a lot of fun and it’s great that I could spend time with him. But, as we go through our day, we inevitably hit a point where we get hungry and we need to eat something. One of the things my son likes to eat is Chinese food.

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5 Underrated Skills Every Business Owner Needs To Master

Small Business CEO

Being an entrepreneur or a small business owner comes naturally to some. Most startup CEO’s will admit they already had the capacity for risk, ability to manage people, and knack for marketing required to create a valuable business from the ground-up.

Why I’m Tired of the Word “Hustle” (And Use This Word Instead)


Certain buzzwords out there that have grown in popularity, and “hustle” is one of them. I’m not a fan of what it’s become. It’s not the first term that I’ve tired of; “Inbox Zero” is another that immediately comes to mind. When the term was coined by Merlin Mann years ago, it didn’t mean getting your email inbox to zero messages. Rather, Merlin meant that the zero represented “the amount of time an employee’s brain is in [his/her] inbox.”. What does that mean?

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Podcast 051: You get to choose

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! In this episode, I’ll talk about how important it is to embrace decision making and take control of it back, if you’ve lost it. It’s always you who’s choosing, so make the good choices. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website.

Are Spelling Bees Good for Child Development?

Dumb Little Man

Can you use the word scherenschnitte in a sentence? How about if you had to spell it in front of over 1 million people? If you’re like me, you’d be flabbergasted by the word. Scherenschnitte happens to be the winning word in the 2015’s National Spelling Bee. The Scripps National Spelling Bee , which takes place every year on Memorial Day weekend, has been a phenomenon since 1925.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Business Directories & SEO

Small Business CEO

You’ve heard it before – listing your small business or professional profile in online business directories is great for SEO. And, it’s true.

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