Sat.Nov 10, 2012 - Fri.Nov 16, 2012

Disaster or Opportunity? 4 Simple Steps to Transforming Life’s Catastrophes

Dumb Little Man

I lost the use of my arms in a traffic accident. No one could understand why I laughed my way through surgeries and convalescence. How about you? Have you experienced any of life’s difficulties? Has job loss, divorce or losing a home happened to you? I’ve experienced all of the above.

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DogVacay - Airbnb for Dogs Raises $6 Million

Small Business Labs

OK, I have to admit I think this is a great idea. DogVacay is an Airbnb-like service for dogs. The site lets users search for, find and hire dog sitters for the day, overnight or longer stays.

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Office Politics – do you play along?

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Last week I wrote a blog which asked the question ‘ Should assistants make themselves look busy? ’ I’ve had some great responses from people regarding the issue of perception, the way we carry ourselves in the office and the interaction we have with our colleagues.

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How to Stay Focused at Work During Personal Crisis

Eat Your Career

They say work and life aren’t supposed to intermingle , but I’ve never believed that to be possible. No matter how hard you try, there will inevitably be a time when stress in your personal life distracts you from matters of work.

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Can You REALLY Have It All? Seven Keys to Finding Balance

Dumb Little Man

Career. Success. Power. Financial security. Marriage. Family. Friends. Can we really have it all and still keep our sanity? Many people feel like they bought into the “you can have it all” mentality only to find themselves divorced, disenchanted, and burnt out.

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3 Essential Green Business Practices

Eco-Office Gals

It’s no secret that virtually the entire world is beginning to shift towards a more eco-friendly consciousness than what was the norm in the past.

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Are We Becoming a Part-Time Nation?

Small Business Labs

The U.S. has always had a lot of part-time employment.  In 2007, a year when the economy was strong and unemployment low, a bit over 22 million Americans worked part-time. This was about 16% of U.S. non-farm employment.    The vast majority of these folks - 88% - chose to work part-time.  Only 12% would have preferred a full-time job.   As of October 2012, about 27 million Americans worked part-time.  This is just over 19% of non-farm employment.

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13 Ways to De-Stress, Lighten the Load and Feel Like Yourself Again

Dumb Little Man

Are you feeling tired, frustrated, overloaded and overwhelmed? Are you easily stressed out and irritated by the little things ? If any demands are placed on you, does it all feel like too much, and do you just end up snapping at someone?

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Eco Friendly Fashion for the Green Business Woman

Eco-Office Gals

You’re the one that always gets complemented on your outfit. You’re also the one who everyone asks, “Where did you get that blouse?” ” or “How much did you pay for that suit?”

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Practically Perfect PA: Featured

Practically Perfect PA

I recently wrote an article for Olé Magazine entitled Travel: Do it yourself or use an agency? I thought I would share it with you…. Pin It. Blogger Practically Perfect PA aka Nicky Christmas gives us her expert tips on booking business travel.

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Why You're Never Too Old to Launch Your Dream

On The Job

Workers over age 50 may only feel exhausted when they think of starting over. But there are plenty of older workers that are successfully launching new businesses that will inspire anyone of any age.

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Overcoming Toxic Relationships at Work – Even the One with Your Boss

Dumb Little Man

In the ‘80s, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev were doing their best to communicate with one another over the nuclear arms issues bubbling. With the entire world watching, the conversations began to go downhill. Reagan, unbelievable communicator that he was, began to sense Gorbachev’s resistance.

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Sustainable Initiatives for Eco Friendly Exhibitions

Eco-Office Gals

Eco-friendly exhibits are woven into the philosophy of companies operating in the events industry with organizations adopting stronger measures to meet regulations. Green initiatives require constant action and commitment to continue environmental improvements and meet new business targets.

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Is DuckDuckGo the Future of Search?

Small Business Labs

No, DuckDuckGo is not a children's game (that's duck duck goose).  It's an Internet search engine.   As a recent Washington Post article on the company points out, it has two major differences from Google - they don't track their users and they don't filter search results based on tracking their users. Not tracking their users is, of course, of interest to those concerned about online privacy. We think this provides an interesting advantage for DuckDuckGo.

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Are You Stealing from Your Profitability (and don’t even know it)?

Productive & Organized

I find that every time I share the quotes to the right on Facebook or Twitter they get shared and re-shared.    When I state them in a workshop or keynote I see heads nodding around the room. Why it that people relate to those statements so much that they share them consistently?

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Quiz: Are You Change Resistant?

Eat Your Career

Ah, change: That mixture of glorious opportunity and crushing chaos. How do you deal with change? Do you kick and scream or do you roll with the punches? Find out which end of the spectrum you land on when it comes to handling the inevitable changes of life.

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Designing a Website for Your Eco-Friendly Business

Eco-Office Gals

Every business needs to create an online presence, and those that operate under the umbrella of eco-friendly ideals are no exception. For most companies this process starts with creating a website. But you can’t just throw something together and call it a day.

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Is Your Default Activity Killing Your Productivity?

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I was listening to a Get-It-Done-Guy podcast recently ( Keep on Track by Designing Your Transitions ) where he talked about staying on track, and mentioned a default activity.

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A Christmas Planning Checklist for November

Ian's Messy Desk

Okay… we’re well into November, but there’s still time to tackle most, if not all, of what is on this list. One of the best ways to reduce the stress of holiday planning is to spread it over a number of months or even throughout the year. Even if you have done nothing else so far, you can relieve some of December’s pressure by putting these on your November to-do list. Shop for clothing, accessories, hostess gifts, etc. for any holiday events events.

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A Guide for Independent Workers

Small Business Labs

MBO Partners , a firm that provides services that make it easier for independent consultants and their clients to do business, has released The Independent's Guide  which, according to their press release , provides:  " a rich online library of free educational resources to help professionals plan, launch, succeed and grow independent careers."

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One Client’s Transformation: From Clunky and Inefficient to Streamlined and Effective

Office Organization Success

Geoff Bateson was my very first client when I opened my doors for business in November 2001 (in fact I’d worked with Geoff for about six years on a Government-funded literacy and numeracy project). Recently he approached me again as he was having a very real dilemma with his website; it was old and clunky and not at all effective.

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Review: Wonderful Day

Simple Productivity Blog

Building a new habit, or doing something consistently can be hard. One method to help is the Seinfeld method ( Follow Seinfeld’s Advice at Don’t Break the Chain ), where you have a visible reminder of your winning streaks.

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‘Essence of Entrepreneurship Juice’ – anyone?

The Small Business Blog

It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week and I’ve been busy speaking in all the major cities and on television. Not that I’m an Entrepreneur, hardly anyone that speaks on entrepreneurship is. I know as much as the next speaker, dress better, have been on television and I’ve written a best selling, funny book on enterprise. I also…

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How To Handle the Mean Girls at Work

On The Job

Many women would like to believe that the ugly behavior they may have experienced at the hands of other girls in junior high – or perhaps even exhibited themselves – is just an unhappy memory by the time they join the working ranks.

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Ten Things To Consider When Assessing The Fit Between You And A Prospective Client

Virtual Moxie

As you build or grow your virtual practice, choosing clients will be one of the most exciting and difficult things you'll have to do. So we offer this list of 10 for you to think through as you move through the process. Am I moved and excited by the client's work and personality (do I like who the person seems to be)? If you're not absolutely jazzed by both, the relationship isn't worth pursuing because it will end up being a huge energy drain for you later on.

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Creating Your Own Space

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. It wasn’t too long ago that I was sitting in the room that my family shares as an office. We all have our separate areas in this room, personal space that is supposed to be inviolate.

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Free Coaching Call: November 2012

Eat Your Career

In case you missed it, I held my free coaching call for the quarter earlier today. You can listen to the recorded version using the audio player below. During this session we covered so much, including (but not limited to): How to know when it’s time to quit. How to get others to see your real value. How to get your resume noticed. How to handle a chronic complainer. How to improve your professional connections. If you’d like to participate in the next call happening Wednesday, Feb.

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All Part of the New Shake Up!

Office Organization Success

We made it home, although quite jet-lagged today! The boys and I enjoyed our time with Dad and other friends and family, as well as having some great days out too. You can catch up with our adventures over on Facebook! One thing that I absolutely LOVE is when I get to meet one of my clients face-to-face, and last Sunday that happened. Angela Durrant is one of my private clients who lives in Cardiff, so our work together has consisted of emails and Skype video chatting.

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Top 5 Tips for Managing Small Business Communication

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. Your business needs a policy that applies to the archival of incoming communication. Don’t assume that your employees will automatically keep their email or post for a set amount of time unless…

2012 168

Why Do We Make Things Hard?

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I came across this TED talk by Jon Jandai in one of my blogs. It was captioned “The Best TED Talk. ” Nothing more. So I watched it, not really knowing what to expect. In the end, it made me think.

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What’s the Secret to Business Success? Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. The fears and excuses that people have when it comes to their growing their business is always a big topic with my coaching clients. They want to have great success. They have the skills, the knowledge and the desire to have that success, but they also have these fears that keep them from making it happen. I understand; I get it. I was there, too. But I found ways to overcome the fears and stop using them as excuses to stay in my comfort zone.

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The Mini Story- The Future of Advertising?

Tips From T. Marie

I’m currently reading The Impact Equation by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith. I actually should have had it finished at least a month ago, since I was one of the lucky ones to get an advance copy. I guess I’m way too connected to my Kindle (and Kindle app for iPhone ) for reading, because the fact that this one is paper pages means it never seems to be with me when I have time to read. But this post isn’t about my failure to finish a really great business book in a timely manner.

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The importance of meeting space for startups

The Small Business Blog

It is very important for any small business to create a good impression. Whether it’s a potential employee or a big-money client, appearances and perceptions are everything in business. An increasing number of entrepreneurs and small business startups are indicating that coffee shops are no longer an appropriate venue for holding business meetings. Business critical…

2012 159

Open Loops 11/13/2012: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Tuesdays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. If you have never run across an emotional vampire, you are very lucky. Most people know someone who is just too clingy, needy or whatever. This article from Dumb Little Man talks about how to recognize them, and what to do to protect yourself.

2012 158

The Art and Science of the Face-to-Face Interview

Job Advice Blog

Consider yourself very lucky for being considered for a face-to-face interview. It just means that you survived the first phase of the competition; your résumé projected you as someone deserving of further exploration; and you outshone the vast majority of your competition. The most critical test, however, is still ahead of you. You are at [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund "Career Change" Individual Career Counseling interview Job Advice Job Search

Moxie Tip 275: See Problems as Opportunities

Virtual Moxie

What's important is not that problems, hurt, and betrayal never happen, but how the two of you deal with stuff when it does. Dealing with the situation calmly, approaching from a position of caring, looking for quick ways to handle the challenge—whatever it was, putting systems in place to prevent it from happening in the future, and working together through the situation can, in fact, make a relationship far stronger, and deepen trust once you’re on the other side of it.

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How to Stop Being Late

Eat Your Career

This article was originally published on U.S. News & World Report. On the list of irritating workplace habits , excessive tardiness lands at the top. Being a chronic late-arriver puts you at a serious disadvantage professionally and it could even jeopardize your career. Put simply, when you’re habitually late, you appear: Selfish. Disrespectful. Unreliable. Disorganized. Even if you’re none of these things, the perception still exists.

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