Sat.Nov 24, 2012 - Fri.Nov 30, 2012

5 Etiquette Lessons for the Workplace

On The Job

The workplace sometimes changes so rapidly it's hard to keep up with what we're supposed to do and not do. But some things stick around -- like the importance of good manners. That's why I thought it was a good issue to explore for my Gannett/USA Today column.

How to Manage a Micro-Manager

Eat Your Career

There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re being smothered, and micro-managers are really good at making you feel that way. They hover over you, constantly check in, offer instruction when none is needed, and expect you to do things their way and on their schedule.

How do assistants ensure their emails are read?

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. I got back from my holiday last week to discover over 200 emails for me to read, delete, action and generally sort through (I’d only been away for 4 days and that included the weekend)!

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The Importance of Office Space and Location for a Business

Eco-Office Gals

Many business owners are unaware of just how important location and space are to their business. Getting the right office space is essential from the beginning because you will need to stick with this space until your lease is up. This makes it very important that you choose wisely.

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Are you missing half of the opportunity?

The Small Business Blog

This post was inspired by an article that I recently read on Fast Company called: Acquisition Is Sexy! Retention is Boring…Right?

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Let’s Solve Your Biggest Productivity Problem

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. We all have them. Whether they are minor annoyances, like not being able to get software to do what you want it to, to major ones, like losing track of appiontments, productivity problems come in all shapes in sizes.

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Are You Making This Common Mistake With Your Family When You Work?

Dumb Little Man

For practical reasons, you have set your work-space to be at your kitchen table (that’s where your laptop is). Since you work before your family wakes up, you are forced to be located in the kitchen: That’s the only available space to do work during those hours of the day.

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Go to School or Go To Jail

Small Business Labs

I was looking through some data from the Brookings Institute and ran across the graph below on the percent of Americans aged 25 to 64 that are "institutionalized" by education level.   Institutionalized is a nice way of saying in jail.

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Review: Train Reaction

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. Have you ever gone anywhere juggling multiple bags? When we travel, it is inevitable that my daughter cannot manage her suitcase, leaving me to juggle her luggage as well as mine.

4 Ways Making Assumptions Can Ruin Your Life

Dumb Little Man

I remember a date I had back in college. We talked, ate a great dinner and had a few drinks. Things were going very well and I thought this girl and I were making a great connection. Then it started to get late so we called it a night.

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Eco Friendly Entertainment Options for Your Next Corporate Party

Eco-Office Gals

No matter how demanding work can be, if there’s one thing that most employers and employees alike look forward to, it’s whenever a corporate party is planned.

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Can GTD and Pomodoro Work Hand in Hand?

Productivity Bits

As thought systems, they are incompatible. You cannot just focus on one particular task and maintain that same focus for all your other tasks. Pomodoro is singular in its approach; GTD is collective. Thank you for subscribing! Please grab my free productivity ebook!

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5 Steps to Improving Your Time Management Skills

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. Improving your time management skills takes practise and experience in experimenting with different ways to find which work for you. Different methods work for different people, so establishing your own style will take time. However, there are 5 steps to improving your time management skills you can follow to get you moving in the right direction. Get Organised.

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7 Ways to Make Money From Your Smartphone or Tablet

Dumb Little Man

You may see your smartphone and data plan as just another monthly expense. However, many cash-strapped smartphone users are turning their mobile devices into portable ATM machines.

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How to “hang out” and talk biz in the virtual world

Eco-Office Gals

I’ve argued for some time now the job force, as we know it, is changing. Corporate and blue collar jobs just aren’t there for the taking anymore. It is not the fault of politics or the economy – well, not totally.

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Crazy for Office Products: 16 Ways to Bring Fun, Function and Beauty to Your Work

Virtual Moxie

Tidbits about me. I have come, over the years, to know that I do my best work in a space that is, to me, lovely. As part of that, I surround myself with things that have meaning to me on a personal level, and use products that are efficient, effective, and generally beautiful.

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SaaS Patching

The Small Business Blog

Over on GIGAOM, Ross Mason wrote a, IMO, self promoting article about SaaS – Software as a Service APIs, I left a short comment. It is surprising to me how many people these days still try and sell APIs as a viable way to recreate ‘integrated SaaS solutions‘ In this article several misconceptions about the…

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12 Ways to Fail in Goal Setting

Dumb Little Man

Do you have something you really want to have in your life? Is there an ultimate thing that would make you the happiest person in the world? I think we all have at least one thing we badly want to get. It could be popularity, power, friends, love, money, lasting marriage, children, or health.

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5 Ways to Greenify Your Business Travel

Eco-Office Gals

Are you someone who does a lot of traveling for business purposes? If so, that means that you’re, by default, expending a lot of your own personal energy.

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SPB Named In 100 Top Sites for Effective Project Managers

Simple Productivity Blog

I am very pleased to be included in this list of 100 Top Sites for Effective Project Managers. You can see the whole list at: [link]. More great content can be found on the site at,

Top 5 Tips for Planning Your Business Journey

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. Know your eventual destination and understand what you ultimately wish to achieve from the actions you take as a small business owner. Are you hoping to build a franchise? Or perhaps become…

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The Holiday Lull—There’s No Better Time to Prepare Your Business for The New Year

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. With the sacred carving of the Thanksgiving turkey completed, and that first slice of your favorite pie eaten; the holidays are officially upon us! I don’t know about you, but it’s one of my favorite times of the year.

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Choosing Your Distributor: A How-To

Eco-Office Gals

One of the biggest issues many green, small business faces is “how do I get my products to the people who buy them, and how can I remain green doing it?”

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Open Loops 11/27/2012: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Tuesdays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. This list of reasons to unplug had some old ones – and one new one that shocked me! Reading can be done faster with paper!

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Ever wondered how international courier companies work?

The Small Business Blog

Ever wondered how international courier companies work? The answer, unless you’ve used them a lot, is probably “No.” Shipping is one of those topics that most of us will only take time to learn about if we absolutely need to. When you’re considering using a courier for the first time, you will need to know…

The Economics of Independent Consulting

Small Business Labs

The Zintro blog has an excellent infographic on the economics associated with being an independent consultant. Lots of interesting data including: 1. The startup costs for an independent business consulting businss range from $100 to $20,000 according to the infographic.  While we agree, our research indicates the majority of new independent consultants spend between $3,000 and $10,000 to get started.   2.

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Cinchspiration: I’m Fat

Eco-Office Gals

“Is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me.”. Rowling.

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10 Commandments Of Simplifying The Kitchen

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. You can’t rush cooking time on food, but you can make time spent in the kitchen less. One of the ways to do this is to make sure that your kitchen is set up in a way that is simplified…so you can find everything you need to and get your work done. How much time have you spent looking for a spice that got buried behind something? How much time have you lost looking for a particular pan or tool?

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How to Help Your Meeting Note-Takers

Business Writing

Teaching my online class Meeting Notes Made Easy, I have heard many note-takers complain. They say that they could take better meeting notes and minutes if the meetings they attended were managed better. Based on my experience of meetings, I. Writing Tips

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Do You Know Your Lifestyle Ratios?

Productive & Organized

Most of the entrepreneurs I talk with tell me that they started their business because they wanted some form of freedom.    What about you? Today I asked my friend Linda Siniscal talk about life beyond the profit and loss statement.

Didn’t think they would go green?

Eco-Office Gals

Throughout the nineties the world got a little bit greener each and every month, but this slowed down so much when the recession took hold in 2008 that it’s just not big news anymore.

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How to take your Marketing and Business to the Next Level for 2013

Office Organization Success

If you are looking to take you business to the next level in the shortest time then this FREE online event may just be what you need. I’m really excited about this event! The speakers in the Marketing Mastery Mashup are sharing some really high end information during this value-packed online event … at no cost for you to attend. All you need is a computer or telephone to participate from anywhere in the world. This is for you if: You have a vision.

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McKinsey on the Contingent Workforce

Small Business Labs

We've been interviewing senior HR execs, HR industry analysts, consultants and others to try to understand if the use of contingent workers is considered a strategic part of their talent acquisition and talent management plans. We've gotten a clear no from the vast majority of folks we've talked to.   To be honest, this surprised us.

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Moxie Tip 283: Speed Can Be an Enemy

Virtual Moxie

Skillfully manage your energy (action, then rest….be be sure to get enough rest). Control your attention -- Stop multi-tasking (task-shifting). When you shift, you lose depth. Cultivate emotions that serve you best -- Develop Emotional Intelligence. Define and live your highest purpose. Tap into what’s most meaningful and move into something bigger than yourself. Moxie Tips assistu be a successful virtual assistant moxie tips virtual assistant virtual assistant success tips virtual assistants

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Launching Lessons Learned Interview: Cena Block

Productive & Organized

Have you been considering a product or program launch?    Today, I'll share another Product/Program Promotion: Problems and Profits -- Launching Lessons Learned.    Keep reading for my interview with Cena Block -- the Mom-Preneur Clarity.

Is your business like one big, messy jigsaw puzzle?

Office Organization Success

Building a successful, long-term business is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. And, if you’re like hundreds of small business owners that I’ve spoken to this year, you’ve got all the pieces in front of you; you’re just not sure how they all fit together. And the reason you don’t know how they all fit together is because you don’t have the puzzle box with the picture on the front to use as your guide!

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Is the World Really Awash with Money?

Small Business Labs

Evidently so.  Or at least that's the view of two fascinating articles:  A World Awash in Money , from Bain and Company, and  A Capitalist's Dilemma , from Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen.    The basic point of both articles is capital used to be a scarce resource. Because it was scarce, our management methods and metrics are designed to minimize its use. But both argue that today capital is both cheap and plentiful.

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