February, 2013

The Top 100 Secrets Of High-Achievers

Dumb Little Man

How do you feel about success? What exactly separates the successful from the downtrodden, the prolific author from the closet hack, the well-loved executive from the slime ball boss? The high achieving from the mediocre? Quite a lot, actually. One hundred things, to be exact. High-achievers… Take responsibility for their actions. In a world filled with avatars, anonymity, and spineless behavior, the individual who “owns” their actions truly stands out from the crowd.

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Social Media Do’s and Don’ts for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Do you think assistants should use social media for professional purposes? Now I think a lot of you might have guessed where I stand on this question? If you answered positively then yes you would be correct I think using social media for your professional development and networking is an absolute must! That must however does come with a big but! There are many many positives but there are some negatives and you do have to be careful to not damage your reputation in anyway.

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5 Best Email Management Practices

Office Organization Success

With all the different rules and regulations governing list management, it’s getting harder and harder to not only get your emails delivered to the recipient’s inbox – think all those spam filters – but to actually get your recipient to open and read your email. Just think about your own inbox for a second … how many emails do you get bombarded with each day? How easy is it for you to get to what you really want to read through all the clutter that lands in your inbox each day?

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Increase Productivity By Protecting Your Time

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. My current client is a tax preparation firm. Since it is tax season in the U.S., I have been working. A lot. Unfortunately, working has been encroaching on my personal time. And I find that when I do not set the boundaries with my time at work, I get nothing done at night. Or even worse, I get grumpy and resentful about the choices I have made.

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Green Colleges in the US Lead the Way in Sustainability

Eco-Office Gals

Environmental issues have finally and permanently come out of the shadows, with everyone from politicians to scientists to pastors admitting that climate change is a real issue that must be addressed. The super storm that caused massive damage up and down the Eastern seaboard might have been the last straw for those that have been loudly promoting sustainability, and excuses are just no longer acceptable. Luckily, not everyone has waited this long to get involved in saving our planet.

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The Rise of Coaching as a Business

Small Business Labs

Regular readers know we've long been fascinated with the growing number of personal services jobs and businesses.  These are firms and people that provide life support services to increasingly harried, time-constrained and often affluent consumers. Personal services cover a wide range of services - everything from dog walkers to massage therapists to financial planners.   But one of the fastest growing sectors is coaching. There are paid coaches for all sorts of fields.

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50 Ways to Strive for Excellence in Life

Dumb Little Man

The society in which you grow up determines by and large how you perceive excellence and the goal of getting the very best out of your life. Some cultures might attribute excellence to a few brilliant, hard-working, exceptional cases. Other cultures, such as the one in which I grew up, value modesty and urge people to try to be “average”. Excellence , however, is for all of us. Excellence is about getting the most out of our talents.

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3 Critical Areas to Include For a Successful Market Research System

Office Organization Success

Having worked in a high-end management consultancy practice for many years (in my previous career), I’ve discovered a thing or two about market research, and how critical it is to your business success. Whenever we took on a new management consultancy project for a client, one of the very first things we did was to go and speak to their clients and customers about their biggest issues/problems/frustrations etc.

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Night Owl Strategies for Successful Mornings

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. There are many articles out there about how to successfully start your day. Most of them assume that you are chipper and wide awake as soon as your feet hit the floor. In other words, they assume you are a morning person. I am not a morning person. And I don’t believe that you can necessarily become one (see Why Being A Morning Person Is Not Essential ).

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Is a Solar Water Heater the Right Choice for Your Home?

Eco-Office Gals

Electricity bills are constantly increasing on what seems as a monthly basis and because of this, many home owners are searching for an alternative to save money with any energy usage. One way to do this is with the water heater in the home. The hot water heater in the home takes up around 15 to 20 percent of the electric bill. This is not an enormous amount but it does add up over time. If you can cut down on your water energy usage, you can save money.

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What Does Your Workspace Say About You?

Eat Your Career

Some of you aren’t going to like this article. I can hear you now: “Chrissy, who cares that my desk looks like a tornado hit it? I can find everything I need and that’s all that matters.”. I’ve got a sobering newsflash, my friend. Brace yourself. My response to that argument? Wrong. Not true. That’s not all that matters. Organization is as much about others as it is about you. Specifically, it’s about how others see you.

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5 Simple Mistakes That Destroy Your Relationships (And How to Avoid Them)

Dumb Little Man

Relationships can be fragile things – especially in the beginning. When they end, it can leave a lot of unanswered questions. Why did this happen? What did I do wrong? Why do I keep attracting jerks? Sometimes we can’t put a finger on the answers, so we just use vague statements like “we just grew apart.” But in order to learn from our mistakes, we first have to identify them.

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Great resources for assistants on Twitter

Practically Perfect PA

Earlier this week I wrote a piece on Social Media Do’s and Don’ts for assistants so I thought I would carry on with that theme and try to convince you all to join Twitter! Twitter really is a great place for learning as well as being social. Here is a list of people, companies and professional associations that I think will add real value to your career development. bulliedbyboss: Anonymous author of ‘Bullied by the Boss’, blogging & raising awareness of bullying in the workplace.

Moxie Tip 323: Your Voice is Critical to Your Success

Virtual Moxie

You’ve been you for however many years you’ve been on this planet. And who you are—the core of that—was formed pretty early. What you like, what you don’t, your style, what emboldens you, what infuriates you all can change with life experiences, but who you are really doesn’t. And that core has a voice that is critical to your being. No big surprise there. Whatever that voice is… that’s the voice you need to infuse your work with.

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Is Traditional Retail Dead?

Small Business Labs

A recent Pando Media article quotes noted VC Marc Andreessen saying traditional brick and mortar retail will be dead within the next the decade.    And by dead, he means really dead - as in we will do all our shopping online. Key quotes from the article: “Retail guys are going to go out of business and ecommerce will become the place everyone buys.

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The World’s Greenest Office Building to Open in Downtown Seattle

Eco-Office Gals

When it comes to business practices, the pendulum often swings one way before it swings the other, and since the beginning of the industrial revolution, commerce has tended to lean towards the pursuit of profit at the expense of the environment. Luckily, it seems as though we are entering a new era, one in which businesses are not only concerned about sustainability, but they’ve discovered that they can often save money even as they cut their carbon footprint.

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How Big Is Your List? 3 Numbers You Need To Know

Office Organization Success

One of the mistakes I see many, many business owners making is being so focused on the size of their list (i.e. the total number of subscribers) that they’re not paying attention to actually what’s going on in their list. And then they wonder why they’re not making the kind of money they want to be making.

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5 Sneaky Tricks Your Left Brain is Playing on You

Dumb Little Man

The truth is that your left brain is probably playing tricks on you and robbing you of creative ideas. Most feel comfortable going from point A to point B, systematically building on the previous step. They love control and organization. Logic rules in their world and they are uncomfortable with randomness. They think stepping outside tried and true paradigms is counterproductive and a waste of time.

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Using social media when organising an event

Practically Perfect PA

Yesterday I attended the BNC Global Event Show and on a number of occasions I was asked if I work in the event industry. I do not work in the events industry but a strange voice irrupted from my month with the answer ‘yes…well sort of… I’m an EA’. With that answer I had a few knowing people nod back because they understood that assistants organise a lot of events and you know some of us take that side of our professions seriously.

What Are You Modeling?

Virtual Moxie

"Modeling" is simply teaching through action. In the context of your practice, everything you do in business models for someone else what it is to be in business for yourself. For instance, working with ideal clients models a variety of things: Having high standards. Engaging in joyful work. What beauty there can be in partnership. Choosing love over fear or abundance over lack. On the other hand, working with anyone who will have you likely models the opposites.

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Understanding the New Social Resume

Eat Your Career

Perhaps you’ve heard the term “social resume” floating around. Well, I addressed this very topic in my recent interview on Fox 31 Denver’s Good Day Colorado. Watch the video below and learn how to use online tools to raise your visibility, expand your network, and establish yourself as a expert in your field. Note: These new resources DO NOT replace the traditional paper resume. They are a compliment to be used in coordination with it.). Share this on del.icio.us.

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The Use of Sustainable Materials in Promotional Products

Eco-Office Gals

Running a business not only requires a lot of hard work and dedication, but also a responsibility to take care of an organization’s employees and the planet. Although prosperity and growth are usually the main focal points of any company, it’s also vital to ensure business practices adhere to basic moral principles, such as caring for the environment and doing as much as possible to avoid adding excess amounts of waste into the fragile ecosystem.

How to Create a New Client System in 5 Steps

Office Organization Success

Did you know that for EVERYTHING you want to do in your business you need to create a system for it? The real secret to a successful business is having the right systems in place that support and grow that business. And this comes down to getting new clients too. If you’re finding that you don’t yet have a full practice of clients, or your flow of clients is very inconsistent (think feast or famine), then I suggest you look at the systems you currently have in place for getting more clients.

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5 Ways to Overcome Mental Blocks

Dumb Little Man

We’ve all been there, staring at a blank screen, throwing endless drafts in the trash, perhaps pulling out the odd hair, as we scroll through our Facebook photos, re-order our music libraries and sometimes even wipe our computer clean; anything to pass the time and avoid admitting the painfully obvious – we’ve hit a block. Writer’s block , or any other block for that matter, is a molehill often transformed into what seems like an insurmountable mountain by one thing and one thing only: us.

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Assistants! Get the most out of attending an event

Practically Perfect PA

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that gets a little bit apprehensive about attending events, especially large exhibitions that are set up like a gauntlet that you have to navigate through while avoiding overzealous sales people pulling you from one badly designed stand to another. Conferences, training and networking events can be equally as daunting especially when you are attending on your own and have to join in group activities and network with strangers.As

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Streamline Phone Numbers To Boost Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. It used to be that there was one phone per physical location. And I am old enough to remember when that phone was provided by the phone company, mounted to the kitchen wall, and there was a long cord attached to it. These days, everyone seems to have multiple numbers. This can get out of hand, though, especially if you find yourself juggling multiple devices or missing calls.

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A Formula for Drama-free Client Communications

Virtual Moxie

After Moxie Tip 318 , Etta wrote a comment. I didn't publish it because it was the perfect lead in for today's post. She wrote: Anastacia, you said it's ok to be vulnerable, say what I need, and go take care of myself. I worry that if I do that, I'll be seen as bringing drama, which will be a turn off to my clients. How do I make myself vulnerable without bringing drama? God bless you, Etta.

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The Green Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Workforce

Eco-Office Gals

If you’ve been thinking about starting up a virtual office or transitioning the business that you already have into one, now more than ever, it’s actually a really wise thing to do. As a matter of fact, in the fall of 2012, Business Week did an entire feature on why many companies have decided to be virtual. One major reason is because it reflects the signs of the times; the ever-progressive stages in technology that command all of us to communicate in cyberspace.

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What's a Cicerone? (hint - it involves beer and coaching)

Small Business Labs

A cicerone is the beer industry's equivalent of a wine sommelier. Cicerones provide expert advice on the selection, food pairing and serving of beer.   There's even a professional certification program for these beer experts. According to the research firm Euromonitor's Key Beer Trends for 2013 , cicerones are becoming increasingly influential.

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How to Get Motivated When You’ve Already Run Out of Motivation

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever noticed that sometimes it can be incredibly difficult to stay positive and motivated ? Perhaps you’re not getting the results you expected for your goals. Or maybe you’re getting results, just not the celebratory kind or magnitude you expected. Perhaps you’ve been trying to achieve a certain goal for a while now and everything is simply taking longer than you thought it would.

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Using your social media skills at work

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few weeks I’ve been writing about social media and how best assistants can use it for their professional lives. This week I want to look at how we can use our skills in this area to add value for our companies and mangers.

Simplify Time Calculations With Calcloc

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. As a consultant, how I bill my time is important. And in order to bill properly, I have know calculate properly. Calculating time can be a pain in the neck. 60 minutes, plus all the increments therein…nothing goes nicely to base 10. In the past I have just resorted to working in quarter hour increments. But even that can get tricky, adding increments up on the calculator. That’s where Calcloc steps in to fill the breach.

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What Goes Around Comes Back Around

Virtual Moxie

William wrote to pick my brain. Anastacia, I really have enjoyed reading Virtual Moxie for the past four years. I’ve learned so much about how to build my graphic design business in your posts here. Thank you. What I want to ask you about is something I’ve never seen you write about—negotiating rates with vendors. What do I need to know or think about in advance of trying to get better rates on things like print services, or from my accountant?

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University Cuts $1 Million Off Electricity Bill With Wind Power

Eco-Office Gals

It is reasonable to assume that the majority of states support their local universities. This tends to hold true not only on a financial level, with state schools receiving a chunk of change for their operating expenses from the state in which they reside, but it also pertains to various other types of support from the communities that harbor them. However, it is less often that you hear about institutions of higher education supporting their states.

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Is Freelancing More Secure Than Traditional Employment?

Small Business Labs

One of the more interesting data points from the MBO Partners State of Independence surveys is how independent workers (freelancers, temps, self-employed, etc.) look at job security.   In our 2012 survey, 39% of the respondents said independent work is more secure than traditional employment.  This is up from 33% who said independent work is more secure in 2011.

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How to Never Take Life for Granted

Dumb Little Man

It's common to sit and contemplate how life is constantly fleeting away. The fact that every situation, mood, and even the feeling of permanence itself is always suspect to withering away. Nothing lasts forever. There is a proverb in which Solomon wants to humble his minister. In this story, Solomon orders his minister to find a “magic” ring that has the ability to turn a happy man sad and a sad man happy; Solomon of course knew there is no ring that wielded such a godly power.

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Help! I’m Under Utilized!

Eat Your Career

Here’s a question I get all the time: “I feel unchallenged at work. I keep looking for new things to do and new responsibilities to take on, but I’m having trouble. How do I get my superiors to better utilize me and my skills?”. It’s a great question because it shows that you want to contribute to your organization in a meaningful way and you have more to offer. But how do you make it happen?

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