May, 2018

Five restaurants to recommend in the City of London

Practically Perfect PA

As Personal Assistant’s we book hundreds of restaurants every year for our colleagues, our executives and let’s not forget ourselves. I am Paula Gibson, a Personal Assistant and Founder of JLT’s Global PA Network for over 100 PA’s.

The Rise of Occupational Licensing

Small Business Labs

In the 1950's about 5% of full time U.S. workers had a professional, occupation license. Today about 23% do.    This data comes the interesting HBR article  More and More Jobs Today Require a License. That’s Good for Some Workers, but Not Always for Consumers.

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This is the Problem With Workplace Friendships

On The Job

I'm sure you've experienced this in your career: There are people you become friends with on the job, and feel so grateful to have found such relationships. Then, there are the people you work with who you wish would get a job on Mars. Having friends at work can be a blast.

2018 151

Life Reframed

Office Dynamics

As we come upon Memorial Weekend, I thought I would share something very personal and deep with you but with a happy ending. For 10 years, I have not enjoyed Memorial Weekend. Why is that when throughout my life I always enjoyed every holiday?

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Ten Simple Ways to Go Green On A Budget

Eco-Office Gals

Most people associate “going green” with buying expensive products like organic vegetables, environmentally friendly cleaning products, and electric cars. However, there are some really simple techniques you can use to go green without spending much money.

2018 151

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How to Take a Job Out for Test Drive

On The Job

One time the transmission fell out of my car (this is bad, very bad), so I was forced to rent a car to get to and from work. I decided to rent a car that I had been considering for some time, with the idea that getting to test drive it for a while would help me make a decision.

2018 141

Interacting with the World and Work

Office Dynamics

During a class I was teaching, a high-level executive assistant that I admire said to her peers, “At our company, we insulate ourselves. We think we are the best executive assistants alive, but we are not. We have much to learn.”

2018 194

Podcast 096: The four tendencies: questioner

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play. You can leave a review here! This is podcast 96 and it’s about being a questioner as one of the four tendencies. If you’ve been listening to me for awhile, you know I love to ask questions! I love to ask what I call stupid questions, the ones that people don’t ask because they take the answer for granted and it doesn’t occur them that they even CAN question it. I’ve always been this way.

2018 100

5 Tips for Creating A Wedding Budget

Dumb Little Man

Are you nearing your wedding day and still have not figured out the best ways in creating a wedding budget? If yes, then you have to be smart while planning your budget and just go for the essentials that will not force you to break your bank. If you are curious to know what those ways are, check out the following amazing tips you can start using now. Make Your Reception Private Yet Grand. One of the most common things that bother couples the most during their wedding planning is the guest list.

2018 162

Technology of the week: Scanbot

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s technology of the week: Scanbot. Here are all the details… What is Scanbot? Scanbot is the easiest and fastest way to create high-quality scans with your iPhone, iPad or Android device. It is free to use, although there is a pro version which enables users to produce edit-ready documents.

2018 178

The Strong Job Market's Impact on Self-Employment

Small Business Labs

The U.S. unemployment rate fell under 4% for the first time since 2000, continuing a steady decline that started in 2010. Despite the strong traditional job market, according to the BLS self-employment has increased slightly over the prior year and is also up from 2010. 

2018 168

Research: What Drives Superstars to Quit

On The Job

There's an old saying: "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." But new research suggests that for some top performers, when the going gets tough -- they quit.

2018 141

Forever A Student

Office Dynamics

I am so jazzed! Yesterday I flew to San Diego (with Jill and Brian from ODI), to attend the ATD International Conference and Exposition for 3 days. This is the training industry’s premier event with about 10,000 attendees, 300+ breakout sessions, and more than 600+ exhibitors.

2018 183

Podcast 095: Prioritizing

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play. You can leave a review here! This is podcast 95 and it’s about prioritizing. I’m surprised to look back and see that I haven’t talked about this concept much! It came up last night with my coaching group as we started our month of focusing on time management. Speaking of the group, May has just begun, so it’s not too late to join the group. You can find out details on my homepage, cluttercoach.net.

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Are You Ready For The New Rosé?

Dumb Little Man

Are you ready for the rosé revival? Once associated with sticky sweetness, today’s rosé ranges from dry to sweet and everything in between. You can get it with bubbles, without bubbles, and from just about every major wine-producing region of the world.

2018 171

10 team bonding ideas for remote workers

Practically Perfect PA

Working remotely is becoming more and more common these days and it is pretty likely that many Assistants will have some if not all of their team working from home or other locations. They may even have Executive’s who live in other cities around the world.

2018 182

Co-Living Startups Continue to Attract Funding

Small Business Labs

According to Crunchbase , an "analysis of residential-focused real estate startups uncovered a raft of companies with a shared and temporary housing focus that have raised funding in the past year or so."

2018 148

This is How You Ace a Phone Interview

On The Job

For many job seekers, the first interaction they have with an employer is over the phone. But for some, it may be the first and the last contact if they’re not prepared to follow proper phone interview etiquette.

2018 130

Avoid Burnout by Creating Your Own Utopia

Office Dynamics

Avoid Burnout. In Utopia, burnout would be a term no one ever used or heard of. Everyone would be matched perfectly with the career they not only enjoyed but knew exactly how to succeed at.

2018 166

Meeting with your Boss

Laughing all the Way to Work

It is always good to be prepared when meeting with your boss. The purpose of the meeting should be to ask questions, get direction, provide and/or receive information. I would suggest the following: If you have access to your boss's email Inbox, go through it as that will be a good place to start. As you go through the items, you will have questions about meetings he or she is attending, questions about events they may or not be attending, etc.

2018 100

5 Things to Let Go If You Want to Be Happy

Dumb Little Man

There are some things in life that have us convinced that life without them would be terrible or uncomfortably weird. In reality, however, life generally gets better without those things. Nothing in life should create a dependency. I recently let go of a lot of junk, including material possessions, and I’ve never felt better in my life. If you want to experience the same things, here are the top things to let go so you can start living the life you’ve always wanted.

2018 143

What are the benefits of using a chauffeur service?

Practically Perfect PA

Using a chauffeur service for your executive’s travel is often perceived as a glamorous and luxurious benefit.

2018 133

Study: Uber Drivers on Average Earn $11.77 Per Hour

Small Business Labs

T he Economic Policy Institute (EPI) , a DC non-profit think tank, recently released a study showing the average Uber driver earns $11.77 per hour after expenses.    The study -  Uber and the Labor Market  - is based on a detailed analysis of driver income and expenses. 

2018 153

You Didn't Get an Internship -- Now What?

On The Job

Many people have now learned the value of getting an internship. An internship can open doors for a permanent job, it can teach you a variety of skills and it can help you make key contacts. It can even help you learn that this chosen field is a big mistake, and you need to explore other options.

2018 130

Lessons from ATD Convention

Office Dynamics

There was no shortage of information, lessons, best practices, and thought-provoking conversations at the ATD Convention my team and I attended last week in San Diego.

2018 143

Top Career Killers that Sabotage Your Professional Growth (and How to Avoid Them)

Eat Your Career

In my work as a career coach, I meet a lot of promising professionals who feel professionally stuck. They complain of being overlooked, unappreciated, passed over, undervalued and ignored. Many of these people feel like victims.

2018 130

5 Extremely Powerful Ways to Become Your Own Inspiration

Dumb Little Man

I ask myself an important question every day – who knows me better than myself? The answer is nobody. Not even my close friends or family has the power to know what I am thinking or feeling. I am the only one who can express my thoughts and feelings and that goes the same for you. You are the only one who knows what you are truly capable of and how willing you are to push yourself.

2018 152

Day in the life: Jeremy Burrows, EA at Ai Software and Founder of GoBurrows LLC.

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s Day in the Life: Jeremy Burrows, EA at Ai Software and Founder of GoBurrows LLC. What are the main aspects of your role? I manage the CEO’s calendar and email, book his travel, help with sales notes and drafting proposals, and anything else he needs.

2018 155

Study: Corporations Rely on Their Non-Employee Workforce

Small Business Labs

SAP Fieldglass's External Workforce Insights 2018 study, 44% of workforce spend at large corporation is on external, non-employee talent. 

2018 155

Did Your Forget to Say This?

On The Job

Most job seekers know to send a follow-up thank-you note to the job interviewer. But once they get the job, such appreciation seems to go out the window. Without meaning to do so, some people end up offending or alienating others with their lack of follow-up.

2018 130

What IS the Difference Between “Since” and “Because”?

Office Dynamics

This request recently came my way: Barbara, I’d love to see you do an article on the difference between “as” and “since” and “because.” Here’s a summary of what my research told me. Both “because” and “since” imply cause, and they can be interchangeable when “since” means “for the reason that.”

2018 143

There Are No Shortcuts to Success

Eat Your Career

I’m back again writing another article based on the wisdom I’ve gained from Jeff Haden’s amazing book, “The Motivation Myth.” If you missed my previous article, you can read it here. This concept is not a new or revolutionary one, but it still strikes me as important given our world today.

2018 130

7 Highly Effective Tips On How to Stay Productive

Dumb Little Man

Most people have a hard time staying productive throughout the day. If you work the typical 9 to 5 job, you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s that feeling when your brain becomes so exhausted that you grab that extra afternoon cup of coffee to just keep going. It’s physically impossible for you to continuously engage your brain in intense activity and concentration for more than a couple of hours at a time. Despite that, you still push yourself until you experience fatigue.

2018 156

Top tips to impress the boss

Practically Perfect PA

Is it just me or does it feel like your boss expects more and more from you? I love the challenge this brings but jeez, sometimes it’s beyond difficult to bring more to the table than I already do – I, mean, I like to think I’m already perfect! I thought I’d share some of […].

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