Sat.May 31, 2014 - Fri.Jun 06, 2014

Infographic: Contracts

The Small Business Blog

Contracts are an important part of life for many business owners. Whether you’re forming employment contracts when you hire somebody new or making a big deal with your supplier, it is likely that at some point you will have to deal with making them.

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How to Know if You're a Workaholic and What to Do About It

On The Job

We all put in more time at work these days, complaining that we feel we must check in with the office when we’re on vacation or find it impossible not to look at emails on the weekends. But when has that commitment to our jobs crossed the line into something unhealthy?

2014 219

Cooking for Your "Pet Partner"

Small Business Labs

Pet trends and new buzzwords are two things we like at Small Business Labs. So we get really excited when there's a new pet related buzzword. "Pet

2014 211

A Small Rant About The Abuse Of Calendars

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the things that I take issue with is the abuse of calendars. Calendars are meant for date specific commitments between one or more people, with or without a time. Calendars are not for holding to-do lists, planning, taking notes or recording history.

Passion is Not Enough – How to Stay Hungry and Accomplish Anything

Dumb Little Man

It starts with passion. We find the thing inside of us that lights us up every single day, and we begin our journey to greatness riding on a wave on excitement and enthusiasm. But this passion can only take us so far. Eventually, the excitement starts to wane and our motivation weakens.

2014 285

You Don't Sound Like a Leader, You Know?

On The Job

If you’ve worked hard and have been rewarded with a leadership role, congratulations. Now, every time you open your mouth you can inspire, motivate, persuade and coach others. No pressure, right? It can be intimidating to think that your words now will have much more power.

2014 196

How to pick great food for your next event

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve organised a lot of events. The one piece of advice I can give you is this – no matter how fantastic the event is, if your catering is bad… you will get complaints from your delegates. Trust me!

2014 195

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5 Ways Thinking Like a Child Can Change Your Life

Dumb Little Man

In some ways, our society seems dedicated to eliminating childhood. We often tell kids to stop acting like a child and grow up. Even the word “childish” has a negative tone to it. At some point in all our lives, we stop being kids and start being adults.

2014 285

What's New in AP Stylebook 2014

Business Writing

The AP Stylebook 2014 just came out, and my copy arrived in the mail on Wednesday. I have studied it searching for changes you might want to know about (if you don''t subscribe to the AP''s tweets), and they appear. Best Picks Books

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Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa, Surrey

Practically Perfect PA

My visit to Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa couldn’t have been more welcome. I had just spent 2 months travelling around a freezing USA and although back in the UK my body was still a little cold, a little jet lagged and in serious need of some rest and relaxation.

2014 186

Stay Productive With Go Bags

Simple Productivity Blog

A Go Bag is a container (not necessarily a bag) of stuff that allows you to grab and go to an activity and have everything you need. It will have everything needed for that activity so that you don''t have to think about what you need. It''s all there.

2014 196

The Top 3 Habits That Made Steve Jobs Successful

Dumb Little Man

That Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple as well as its former CEO, was a truly unique manager and leader is not in doubt. Therefore, as a business owner, manager, leader or an entrepreneur, there is no better role model to turn to for inspiration than Steve Jobs.

2014 285

Watch Your Buttons: An Online Editing Step

Business Writing

We just ordered the new version of a prestigious style manual. The last step in placing the online order had these instructions: Please confirm your order and click "Complete this order" to submit your order. We looked for the "Complete. Writing Tips

2014 188

Innovation – Quote of the Week

The Small Business Blog

“If someone monopolizes the market for personal finance software, are you going to go after that company and dismantle it? I would contend no. Because these temporary monopolies are a prize for innovation. They’re the incentive for innovation.” ” – W. Brian Arthur, US economist. Business owners that enter a market which is already dominated by… Read the full article here: Innovation – Quote of the Week on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

2014 162

Big Versus Small Companies - Who's Winning?

Small Business Labs

There's an active debate going on in academia, think tanks and businesses around who is better positioned to win in the new economy, big companies or small companies. The Harvard Business Review's Economies of Unscale: Why Business Has Never Been Easier for the Little Guy argues in favor of small businesses.  Key quote: A series of breakthrough technologies and new business models are destroying the old rule that bigger is better. 

2014 153

6 Uncommon Lessons About Success and Happiness from Theodore Roosevelt

Dumb Little Man

The Internet is in love with Theodore Roosevelt. Whether it’s a photo of him riding a moose or admiring his impressive facial hair, millennials have put him up on a pedestal.

2014 286

Here’s Why I’m Glad I Didn’t Jump on the Infusionsoft Bandwagon

Office Organization Success

A quick note from me today as tomorrow is graduation day! It’s a big day for all of us, and I can’t honestly say that there won’t be a few tears shed. This week I wrapped up the final week of the Your Systems For Success Six-Week Challenge and I took my students through creating their own 90-day strategic business & marketing action plans (MAP). Over the next week or two I shall be putting my own 90-day MAP together for July, August, and September.

2014 147

Tips for Staying Motivated and On Track

Office Dynamics

BIG Staying Power: Never Give Up. Hello Monday Motivators! Welcome to June. The year will soon be half over and so now comes the big test. What goals, ideas, plans, or dreams did you set the beginning of this year? And where are you on that journey?

2014 186

Self-Employed Men Have Higher Testosterone Levels

Small Business Labs

According to a study of Australian men, the self-employed have higher levels of the male sex hormone testosterone.   Key quote from a Business Insider story on the study : The scientists found an increase in total testosterone, which is associated with so-called manly traits such as strength and dominance, increases the probability of self-employment by 10%. The article doesn't explain why such a study was done, but as a self-employed man I find the results interesting. self-employmen

2014 148

Why Giving Up Can Be the Best Time Management and Productivity Technique

Dumb Little Man

When we think of productivity we often look at it as the accomplishment of a set list of tasks. However, from time to time we find that our time management skills and productivity start to suffer when we try to take on a particularly taxing task.

2014 285

More on Creating Back-up Plans for Clients

Virtual Moxie

You’ll remember that last week I wrote about the client of my VA pal who was insisting the VA create a back-up plan for when the VA was on vacation, was ill, or just needed some other sort of personal time.

2014 179

5 Quick Tips For Assistants to an Introvert

Office Dynamics

How do you build a relationship with a reserved boss? by MARY ELLEN SLAYTER on APRIL 30, 2014 4:50PM. in ADMIN PRO FORUM. Question: “I just got a new job assisting a regional manager who’s more introverted than anyone I’ve ever worked with!

2014 180

The Bias Against Self-Employment

Small Business Labs

One of the goals of our research is to get more balanced coverage of the self-employed. Governments, academics and the media mostly present the negatives of self-employment.   A couple of recent examples caught my eye. My favorite is a headline from the Guardian and discusses a recent survey showing the vast majority of British self-employed workers said they were happier and more satisfied than if they had a traditional job. 

2014 146

Don’t Let Pirated Software Sink Your Business

Small Business CEO

If you download pirated software from Pirate Bay or another torrent website on a computer you use in the workplace, then you’re placing your entire business network at risk. A person downloading pirated software has a one-in-three chance of encountering malware.

2014 114

5 Smart Sentences that Clients Need to Hear from You

Men With Pens

“Thanks, but we decided to go with someone else.”. You don''t understand what happened. You''ve lost the gig… but everything was going so well! The client seemed keen to work with you, you’d hammered out the details, and the only thing left was the final go-ahead to start the work.

2014 107

Social Networking Tips for Executive and Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

In today’s technology-centric workplace, many employers want employees to be savvy with social networking … especially in tech fields, marketing, public relations and media.

8 Things I Learned From Starting My 8th Business

Brilliantly Better

A few weeks ago I wrote about disruption, and how to embrace it. The context was related to my sudden involvement in a new business … The post 8 Things I Learned From Starting My 8th Business appeared first on Dragos Roua. Business Personal Development conect hub lessons open connect

2014 105

Don’t Give Them All the Answers: Putting Autonomy to Work

Small Business CEO

If you’re a business leader who feels more like a schoolteacher, you’re doing something wrong. When an employee comes to you with a question, it may seem counterproductive to tell him to figure it out on his own, but sometimes that’s the best thing a leader can do.

2014 108

Cool Bubble Wrap Calendar

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2008-07-11 10:33:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter. Yes, a calendar where you get to pop a bubble each day! If you’ve been on vacation, a whole row at once! According to the website, this calendar is great for that special designer / obsessive / compulsive in your life. If you’re really obsessive, you could find a way to write on the bubbles… Found on Guy Kawasaki’s blog. The post Cool Bubble Wrap Calendar appeared first on Clutter Coach

How do you build a relationship with a reserved boss?

Office Dynamics

How do you build a relationship with a reserved boss? by MARY ELLEN SLAYTER on APRIL 30, 2014 4:50PM. in ADMIN PRO FORUM. Question: “I just got a new job assisting a regional manager who’s more introverted than anyone I’ve ever worked with!

2014 158

3 Things You Should Put On Your Calendar

Productivityist

3 Things is a regular series that highlights three things you can do to overcome a challenge, enhance your productivity, and improve other aspects of your work and life. The calendar can be a tricky beast.

How to Attract and Retain the Best Talent in 2014

Small Business CEO

Back in 1997, McKinsey wrote the ‘War on talent’ They observed and predicted that hiring and keeping the best people was the biggest challenge for business. But, since 2008 and the (almost) global recession, the war seems to have been more easily fought. The balance of power shifted.

2014 103

A Sample of Amateur Writing

Daily Writing Tips

At a recent writers’ conference I heard a successful self-published author say, “Readers are not looking for great writing; they’re looking for a great story.”. Does that mean that taking pains over grammar, diction, and syntax is a waste of time? Certainly not!

2014 106

Social Networking Tips for Executive and Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

In today’s technology-centric workplace, many employers want employees to be savvy with social networking … especially in tech fields, marketing, public relations and media.

How To Use The Action Method With Todoist

Productivityist

Behance''s popular Action Method online service shuttered on June 1st.

2014 94

Dashboard Simulations Blog Launched

BioTeams

I am pleased to annouce that I have just launched the Dashboard Simulations Blog where I will publish articles on the topics of Business Simulation Games, Informal Learning, Gamification, Experiential Learning and Game-based Learning.

2014 56

Proved vs. Proven

Daily Writing Tips

Several readers have asked for clarification on the words proved and proven. Both are forms of the verb prove : “to demonstrate or establish as true.”. As a regular transitive verb, prove has the following principle parts: prove (present). proved (simple past). have proved (past participle).

2014 99