August, 2017

27 Ways to Re-Energize Your Career Without Changing Jobs

Eat Your Career

You know that feeling you have when you first start a new job? It’s a mixture of excitement and challenge, nervous energy and high hopes. Everything is new, and opportunity seems to live around every corner. At some point in your career, you may experience a deep desire to recapture those feelings. Sometimes, it takes a dramatic shift in your current circumstances—like finding a new job or an entirely new career. Other times, it requires a lot less.

2017 194

Happiness Techniques From Around The World That Can Change Your Life

Dumb Little Man

When we look back across our lives, it is often the most prominent of events and landmarks that we remember: a kiss, a birthday party, a new job, or a sporting achievement. Yet it is the way we live our day-to-day lives that truly defines who we are and how we feel. Happiness breeds happiness, and it is important to start with the fundamentals. All around the world, ordinary people and famous achievers alike have developed ways to buoy their daily experience for thousands of years.

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Managing meeting rooms

Practically Perfect PA

Ahhhhhhhhhh!!! Was pretty much the sound I made when I was asked to take on the task of managing meeting rooms for my office. I say ‘asked’, if I’d been asked, obviously I would have said ‘hell will freeze over before I manage the meeting rooms’ No, I was told I had to manage the meeting rooms because I was the only Assistant on the same floor as all the meeting rooms so it made sense for me to manage who was using them.

2017 169

Drone Sales Taking Off

Small Business Labs

Over 3 million drones are expected to be sold in the U.S. 2017, with 4.45 million forecast to be sold in 2018. This data comes from The Consumer Technology Association via the Axios article Demand for Drones is Exploding. The chart below (click to enlarge) is from the article. Most of these drones are for personal use, but a growing number are being used in business. Examples include real estate and insurance photography and broadcast TV. 

2017 151

Tips and Tricks for Making Your Business Greener

Eco-Office Gals

Going green seems to be all the rage with businesses recently, with everyone from Coca-Cola to SC Johnson launching widely publicized environmental initiatives. The shift towards this greener way of doing business is occurring because of consumer demand, increased environmental awareness and because it saves money. If you’ve been wanting to green your business, but aren’t sure how to get started or looking for the next step in your environmental impact improvement process, keep reading.

2017 146

The Importance of a Positive Workplace Culture to Enable High Performance

Productivity Bits

The environment or culture within a workplace has a lot to do with how well or how bad the performance of the employees is. There are some qualities that must be present within a healthy work environment in order to perk up the progress and help the organization to evolve into something better. The person in charge within any organization, whether it’s big or small, is the leader who sets a standard for the rest of the people who work under them – notably, the employees.

2017 126

Should You Have Friends at Work?

Eat Your Career

I’ve long believed that friendships and work don’t necessarily mix. However, in the past few years I’ve refined my stance on the topic a bit. The Argument Against Friends at Work. First, a little background: I’ve seen many situations where friendships in the workplace create sticky, complicated, and unnecessary interpersonal problems. We’ve probably all experienced it or witnessed it. When people are friends and co-workers, the social and professional lines can easily become blurred.

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Skills required to be a good minute taker

Practically Perfect PA

Nobody readily puts up the hand to take minutes and those of us who do sometimes fear the job because of the expectation that is put on us to produce discussions accurately. Not everyone can be a good minute taker – it’s a definite skill and quite often an art, hence the name of my course, The Art of Minute Taking. There are definite skills required to be a good minute taker and I’ve listed some of them below: Listening. Obviously!

2017 159

Will Consultants be Replaced by AI?

Small Business Labs

Since we're consultants, we hope not. But that's thesis of HBR's  AI May Soon Replace Even the Most Elite Consultants. Key quote: “Quant Consultants” and “Robo Advisers” will offer faster, better, and more profound insights at a fraction of the cost and time of today’s consulting firms and other specialized workers. The reason, according to the article, is that machines are much better and faster at processing information than humans.

2017 149

5 Amazing Ways New Farming Methods Will Save Our Fresh Water

Eco-Office Gals

There isn’t a lot of fresh water on earth and 50 percent of the total amount lies in half a dozen countries. It means billions of people are currently living without enough clean water. How much do you think that number will increase by due to population growth? It’s even worse because our supply of fresh water is running out. NASA satellite have already shown a third of our largest aquifers reached the point of no return a while ago.

2017 126

Online Accounting Among Top Tips for New Entrepreneurs

The Small Business Blog

Starting a new business is more than just coming up with an idea and pitching it to customers. There is a tonne of planning that goes into a new enterprise, followed by convincing financing sources to get behind the idea. Then there are tasks like hiring, securing necessary space, developing a marketing plan, and so on. Even accounting has to be considered long before the first sale is ever made.

2017 147

Career Lessons Learned from the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Eat Your Career

Those of you who have read my blog for a while know that I’m always looking for career lessons in the strangest of places. This past Monday, I found a few in the sky. Here in the U.S., we experienced our first total eclipse of the sun since the 1970’s. It was quite a sensation, as the “ path of totality ” spread all the way across the country. Enormous groups of eclipse enthusiasts gathered at various points along the way to appreciate the rare phenomenon.

2017 116

7 Ways To Save Money While Traveling

Dumb Little Man

Are you planning to go on a vacation soon? Do you have an urgent business trip coming up shortly? Leaving your home and going for a vacation can sound fun. But, without proper preparation, it can easily burn holes in your wallet. If you’re like me, you want to save money whenever you can. Unfortunately, things always cost more than you plan for them to, especially when you are on vacation.

2017 171

Is running your own VA business the new career progression for PAs?

Practically Perfect PA

The roles of Personal and Executive Assistants are changing. For many, that means increased responsibility and a role that’s evolved from the traditional one they first stepped into. Many EAs and PAs are therefore looking for viable alternatives, where they can be more in control of their working patterns and tasks – and running their own VA business is becoming a preferred career progression option. Is running your own VA business the new career progression for PAs?

2017 157

42% of Young Small Businesses Use Contract Workers

Small Business Labs

The U.S. Federal Reserve released the their Report on Startup Firms. This is the second in a series of reports based on their 2016 small business credit survey.    The focus of the report is credit experiences of startups with employees, which they define as firms 5 years old or younger that have at least one traditional full or part-time employee. Startup firms make up about one third of small employer firms.

2017 148

Podcast 068: Start somewhere

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! This podcast is about a trick you can use if you’re having trouble starting something. Back in podcast 24, called Baby Steps, I talked about a similar thing, how you can make progress on a project by taking the smallest possible step; the least intimidating, easiest step. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

2017 100

How to Make a Small In-Home Office Work for You

Productivity Bits

Working from home offers many benefits to those that simply don’t want to drag themselves to the office every day. For instance, you can create any type of office you want, maintain control over your schedule, and even be your own boss. Plus, your salary is seemingly limitless, you can take your work on the road with you, and you even avoid the sometimes petty office politics that swirl the office cubicles. Sounds appealing right?

Create Your Own Eco Bedroom for Summer 2017

Eco-Office Gals

Summer has officially begun! School’s out on summer break, so it’s time to spend and spend some outdoor fun with the kids—pool parties, picnics, barbeques, you name it! If it gets too warm outside, or you just prefer to be indoors, you can still enjoy summer relaxation mode with a good book and some iced tea. Usually air conditioners are used for cooling off, but with our society’s growing concern for the environment, they aren’t as eco-friendly as we may want to live.

2017 100

10 Things At Home That Are Making You Unwittingly Sick

Dumb Little Man

Can your house make you sick? Being sick can derail our life for a short period and depending on what you do for a living, it can really have an impact on your livelihood. It is something we all want to avoid, yet there are many things in our environment that put us at the risk of falling ill. And some of those things are in our own homes. From dirty door knobs to silverware, a lot of the things we have at home have the potential to become breeding grounds for bacteria.

2017 171

5 Ways People Dislike Your Emails (And Possibly You)

Practically Perfect PA

An interesting bit of research came to my attention recently, courtesy of the BBC website. It concerned the findings of Professor David De Cremer from Cambridge University’s Judge Business School who’d looked into the emotional undergrowth of office email (at least that’s how the BBC put it). From what he uncovered, Professor De Cremer highlighted 10 things many people do when sending an email, which could lead the recipient to dislike or even distrust them.

2017 155

Tech Jobs Moving to the Midwest

Small Business Labs

companies have long moved work overseas to save money. But a long emerging trend of moving work to lower cost areas of the U.S. instead of overseas appears to be gaining steam. The New York Times article  Hot Spot for Tech Outsourcing: The United States looks at the outsourcing of software development tasks to lower cost U.S. cities, mostly in the Midwest. Although lower cost U.S.

2017 147

Podcast 067: Project strategies

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! Got a big event coming up? Here’s how not to go crazy and get the wrong things done. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways.

2017 100

12 Strategies To Help You Cope With Change

Office Dynamics

As I’m sitting here on Friday afternoon catching my breath from a very busy week and working on my speeches for our Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence , I am reminded how change is more prevalent than ever in our lives. In the past week, I have personally been through lots of changes; my staff has gone through changes; family and good friends of mine are experiencing change; and the world is changing every day. I’m not saying they are necessarily bad changes.

2017 142

5 Ways to Become a Better Listener

On The Job

Are you a good listener? Hello? Are you there? OK, put down your smartphone, stop staring at someone across the room and let me try this again. Are you a good listener? Most of us would say "Yes, of course!" Then, we might follow that up with, "Wait a minute.what did you say?" Don't worry, you're not alone. I am supposed to be a great listener, because that's what I do for a living.

2017 126

Friendship’s Day Special: Why Friendship Makes Marriage More Fun

Dumb Little Man

A healthy marriage comprises of many different roles. On any given day, you may be the sexy lover, the secret keeper, the playmate or the best friend. This plethora of roles you play contributes to the quality of your marriage. Being friends with your spouse is guaranteed to make your marriage more fun for both of you. It will help deepen your bond as well. Being friends with your mate means more shared activities, free and open communication and a marriage that is the envy of all your friends.

2017 167

Day in the life: Torsten Maerz, PA at Deutsche Bank

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s Day in the life: Torsten Maerz, PA at Deutsche Bank for Dr. Ulrich Stephan, Global Chief Investment Officer of Private & Commercial Clients in Frankfurt, Germany. What are the main aspects of your role? My most important tasks are to make sure my boss is well-prepared for meetings, to take care of his schedule and to ensure that his diary isn’t overloaded. He needs time for emails, preparation, lunch – and I use my initiative to prevent clashes.

2017 153

Small Business Owners Getting Older and Not Planning to Fully Retire

Small Business Labs

According to Barlow Research, the average U.S. small business owner is 60.3 year old. As the Barlow chart below shows (click to enlarge), 57% of small business owners are over the age 60, up from just 38% a decade ago. Barlow defines small businesses as those with revenues between $100,000 and $10 million. This range includes the vast majority of U.S. employer small businesses. Also interesting is Barlow's findings on small business owner retirement plans.

2017 144

Podcast 066: Attachment to things

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! People keep things they aren’t actively using for many reasons. Sometimes these things are valuable items that could be sold. Sometimes they’re gifts one can’t bear to get rid of. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website.

2017 100

5 Tools to Help You Automate Your Work

Office Dynamics

One of the greatest advantages organizations achieves from automating various processes is saving time, among other resources. In the entire history of human development, the need to make work easier, faster and even cheaper comes naturally. This is what has led to various discoveries and developments of tools that automate work. Phenomenal examples include manufacturing, mechanized farming, retail, and many other sectors.

2017 129

Is Your Vocabulary Holding You Back?

On The Job

It doesn't matter if you work remotely, in an open office or on a assembly line.The way you speak can have a big impact on your career. Because a limited vocabulary may prompt you to stay quiet in meetings. Or, you may not understand what others are saying and so miss information from your boss or other senior leaders. In addition, at a time when all workers must continually improve their skills, a poor vocabulary could cause you to fall behind if you're required to read new material.

2017 126

Increase Sales Leads With These Best Marketing Strategies

Dumb Little Man

You’ve got big dreams for your business. Unfortunately, your budget is in the opposite direction. And if you think you’re alone in this dilemma- you’re not. The majority of small companies are chartering the same waters. However, this doesn’t mean that there’s no way out. It just means you need to be smart if you want to outwit your bigger competitors.

2017 165

Your invitation to a very special event this September

Practically Perfect PA

Do you organise meetings, away days, conferences, private dinners, summer parties, teambuilding or other events? As a PA or EA, finding the perfect venue can often be tough – especially when you’re simply asked for ‘something different’! But there’s one thing you can do to ensure you always make the right choice. The events show from SquareMeal.

2017 136

Book Review: Thriving in the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

"How to capitalize and compete in the new world of work" is the tagline for the book Thriving in the Gig Economy. This nicely summarizes this useful guide to the shift to independent work.    The book starts with an excellent overview of the gig economy. This includes a discussion of the various terms used to describe the gig economy, such as the sharing economy, the on-demand economy, etc., and how they differ.

2017 136

How to Be Productive When You’re Sick and Tired

Productivityist

We can’t be running at 100 percent for 100 percent of the time. We need time to rest, recuperate, and recharge. There will be days when we feel under the weather (or worse). There will be days when we are wiped out from what the world has presented to us. We still have to show up, and, as Steven Pressfield says, “Do the work.”

2017 75

Is it ok to leave the office for lunch?

Office Dynamics

Each month we feature a question from our friends at Business Management Daily’s Admin Pro Forum. Please enjoy engaging in a conversation over this month’s question.

2017 109

Why You Can't Remember Stuff at Work -- and How to Get Better at It

On The Job

I'll be the first to admit that my memory isn't what it was when I was 20-years-old, and I bet many of you would say the same even if you're only 25-years-old. That can become a problem in the workplace, where you may have to recall a client's name you met two years ago or remember exactly why a project ran into manufacturing turbulence last quarter. With so much information coming at us, it can be difficult to hang onto everything in our brains.

2017 122

Career Versus Family: Do We Have to Choose?

Dumb Little Man

While women have always been scrutinized for choosing career over their families, today, the same can be said for men as well. This means that the social scales have tipped towards the middle. But, how can someone raise a family while nurturing a career? Here’s what you should consider when balancing work and family. Family status. The first question that anyone should ask themselves when considering a career over their family is what their current family status is like.

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