Sat.Jun 23, 2012 - Fri.Jun 29, 2012

8 Lies You’ve Been Told About Following Your Passion

Dumb Little Man

Are you doing what you truly want to do? Are you following your passion to the best of your ability? If you’re reading this post, the answer is most likely no. Time and time again, I see people who can follow their passion, but they don’t, because they hold themselves back.

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Is Going Public Obsolete?

Small Business Labs

An interesting academic paper (yes, that's possible) - Where Have All the IPOs Gone -  suggests that the main reason for the decline in initial public offerings (IPOs) is small, high growth companies are finding it harder to compete with big firms.

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6 Ways to Become a More Independent Thinker at Work

On The Job

One of the reasons I went into journalism was because I didn't want to rely on someone else to tell me the facts of a situation. I wanted to find them out for myself. Yet things have changed since I entered the media industry.

2012 58

An Assistant's Top 5 Tips for Managing Tasks and Priorities

Office Dynamics

I have several tips I can offer on this subject, but here are the top 5. If you make any one of these a habit, you will see an increase in your productivity. FOCUS! This is the most important of all 5. In a world where people think multi-tasking is a valued skill, it isn’t.

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How To Be Smart

Dumb Little Man

Too many people think that intelligence is a gift of nature and that there is little anyone can do to improve theirs. IQ tests have managed to confuse many of us, leading us to believe that intelligence is largely fixed. It is not.

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7 Rules of Listening, Really Listening

Dumb Little Man

A few days ago, I got a message from one of my best friends. She asked if we could meet and maybe have a little chat. I didn’t hesitate and said yes. It was great way to catch up. When we saw each other inside the quiet little café we agreed on, she immediately went onto a sort of rant right after the usual pleasantries. She lamented about how she had this huge problem with a co-worker and how the situation was upsetting her and disrupting her work life.

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Getting back to the basics of effective customer service

Service Untitled

In one of the most successful self-help books, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People , author Stephen Covey identifies the elements truly effective people use regularly as tools towards their success.

Virtual Assistant or Personal Assistant? What do you think?

Productive & Organized

The other day I received a question in my group: I'd like to consider virtual assistants or maybe a personal assistant. Who has had luck with these.are some better than others? Thanks, Carol from Nebraska. Knowing how to build your team is a critical choice.

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If You Want Your Business To Fail ….

The Small Business Blog

Don’t focus on your business goals Do your own, at best, mediocre website Don’t find other business owners who could help you Don’t look after your cash-flow Be late with your tax returns Ignore your customers Ignore your team Follow every distraction and every rabbit hole Don’t business bootstrap your business Don’t sell online

2012 30

Tools that Make Telecommuting Easier

Eco-Office Gals

Telecommunications is an important part of any marketing company. Even for those working from home, it’s the backbone of most marketing plans mainly because the conversion rate of telecommunications are much higher than all other types of person to person advertising.

What’s Missing from Your Editorial Process?

Daily Writing Tips

No one standard specific routine exists for optimizing the quality of written material, but various models have some procedures in common that are, with adjustments, appropriate to any context and any type of content. What follows is an outline of editorial production for most book publishers, a protocol that, with variations and simplifications, applies to the preparation of text regardless of the medium in which it is presented.

2012 27

How To Sell Like a Life Insurance Salesman (Warning: Explicit Content)

Men With Pens

Regular readers of Men with Pens will recall a recent blog post on Icky Sales. The post makes the point that we all need to embrace sales and marketing, whether we want to or not. Sales and marketing are what distinguish a successful business from a failure.

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Crowdsourcing as a Business Solution

Small Business CEO

Crowdsourcing is a relatively new platform which can be used to accomplish a great deal of work that used to be costly and time-consuming to complete. Crowdsourcing is a fantastic business solution when it comes to problems like repetitive tasks, copywriting, editing and more.

2012 22

5 Things to Do When You Loathe Your New Job

On The Job

Go on. It’s time to admit it. You hate your new job. Your loathing for the new job you tried so hard to get and sweat bullets for in an interview is now the thing that makes you want to never get out of bed.

How Do You Build A Solid Powerhouse Kick-Butt Team? What do you think?

Productive & Organized

I'm fortunate to work with amazing people that are doing rock star work with their clients.    As a result, their businesses are growing beyond what they can accomplish themselves.

2012 21

15 Principles of Business Game Design for team-based learning


I develop custom business games for team-based experiential learning workshops which usually have a significant computer element.

The Rise of Artisan Distillers

Small Business Labs

The broader food movement, and in particular the local food movement (referred to as the locavore movement), has led to celebrity chefs, a rapid increase in farmers markets , the rise of urban farming and the growth of craft brewers. So it comes as no surprise that artisan distillers (craft makers of spirits) are becoming more numerous.    I attended a Commonwealth Club meeting tonight that focused on Bay Area craft distillers.

2012 19

The Clean and Simple Cloud Computing Primer for Small Businesses

Small Business CEO

Nobody likes paying for things they don’t use. From finishing a restaurant meal when you’re already full, to calculating just the number of minutes you’ll need on your phone plan, we hate to hand over our money for nothing.

The Anglo-Saxon Angle

Daily Writing Tips

Are you an Anglist, or an anti-Anglist, or are you neutral in the debate about whether to favor words of Anglo-Saxon or Germanic origin over Latinate language? You may have been unaware that there ever was a controversy about linguistic purism, or that the issue survives at all.

2012 16

12 Things I Learned By Being A Forex Trader

Brilliantly Better

During the last 2 years, for 6 months straight, I’ve been a forex trader. I started this experience by curiosity, pretty hastily, to be honest, and ended it up abruptly (hopefully, you’ll realize why by reading this article). It was by far one of the most exhilarating, exciting, emotionally consuming and useful (in terms of [.]. Business Personal Development Success & Wellness forex forex trading lessons life

2012 16

Why are There More Non-Employer Small Businesses?

Small Business Labs

Scott Shane's post Should We Count Non-Employer Businesses? raises a number of interesting questions related to the fact that a growing share of U.S. small businesses don't have employees.   He wonders whether or not these businesses should count as small businesses. He also closes his article by saying: Patterns like these suggest that we need to understand why fewer and fewer American entrepreneurs are starting businesses with employees.

Creating the Perfect Week

Simple Productivity Blog

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Every Company Is a Publishing Company

Daily Writing Tips

A recent Wall Street Journal article that beamed a spotlight on sophomoric speaking and grammar gaffes in the workplace covered the issue fairly thoroughly but left unsaid some pertinent points.

Here Are Three Pieces of Software Small businesses should consider!

The Small Business Blog

Starting a new business can be a very exciting time, and also a very busy one. The business has to be launched, new customers found, and many suppliers dealt with, and such a large amount of work in the business’s early days can often be overwhelming. It is all too easy to become tied up…

Political Scientists Versus Dart Throwing Chimps

Small Business Labs

The New York Times has a good article on political scientists being bad forecasters.  Key quote: It’s an open secret in my discipline: in terms of accurate political predictions (the field’s benchmark for what counts as science), my colleagues have failed spectacularly and wasted colossal amounts of time and money. The article points out that dart throwing chimps have a better record of forecasting than political experts. 

2012 19

What You Don’t Know About How To Use A Calendar

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. You probably have a calendar. Whether it is on your phone, email program, desktop, or tacked to a door, there is generally a calendar around. But the question is: are you using it well? What A Calendar Is For.

Give Your Clients Options

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. The abundance of available methods of delivering information and services these days means savvy customers and clients will demand options. Technology has evolved to serve people’s many preferences; and if you want to be effective (and successful), you must offer a variety of choices – in your marketing, in your products and services, and in your payment methods – to cater to those needs and be competitive. Here are a few tips to consider: Get rich. Is your website rich?

Business Cloud Computing. Yes, but…

The Small Business Blog

Is it affordable, or are you getting ripped off by the business cloud computing vendor? Do you pay more than $15/£10 per user for all the business apps you need? Is it an integrated solution, can you get all apps from one cloud computing vendor? Or is the cloud vendor a one trick pony? Is…

The Five Phases of Project Planning

Ian's Messy Desk

David Allen says, regardless of task size, the human brain goes through a Natural Planning Model. This is the process we use daily to organize regular tasks: e.g., getting dressed or driving to work. We go ahead and complete them without much thought. We use the part of our brain that is conditioned for this natural type of planning. Allen goes on to say, this is an ideal model for planning projects. The five phases: Defining purpose and principles – Here’s where we ask “Why?”

Tips to Automate Your Marketing

Office Organization Success

The Bicentennial Gala was great fun last weekend. I think the last time Mat and I got that dressed up was when we got married! You can see us in all our finery on Facebook. My family went back home on Wednesday. It was so lovely to have them here with us; the house is so quiet now. One thing I’ve been learning and hearing about a lot lately is the Marketing Hourglass.

Send Out Your Resume or Send Your Resume Out?

Business Writing

The other day I got an interesting question about word order from someone who had attended my Better Business Writing class. I will call him Ajay. Ajay wanted to know which of these two sentences was better: I am sending. Writing Tips

Gut feeling? Go to the fair

The Small Business Blog

Everyone’s a foodie. People smile when a laden plate is put in front of them. Our optimism levels lift when we are well fed and watered. While there are many things people think they can’t live without, food and drink are two body and soul imperatives, making that industry one of the most complex, competitive,…

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Gina Loves Box (Taken with Instagram

Consistently resolving 5 Meta Dilemmas marks top performers!


There are 5 basic dilemma stereotypes which underpin almost all of the operational and strategic issues which challenge leaders today. These are so prevalent and pervasive I call them the META DILEMMAS which apply to the given situation. Team Leadership Development