Sat.Jul 22, 2017 - Fri.Jul 28, 2017

Feeling like a fraud at work

Practically Perfect PA

A few years ago I was working as a PA within a large team of highly qualified, talented and very very confident project management consultants. I was asked by one of my colleagues to come along to a meeting to discuss how the organisation could communicate more successfully with staff. I wasn’t there to take notes or represent my Executive, I was there to offer my own thoughts and opinions, and I totally freaked out.

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Healthcare Industry Embracing the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

71%  of healthcare executives surveyed said they are already using on-demand labor platforms, and the same percent believe that building a strong contingent workforce will help them win the war on talent. This data comes from Accenture's Digital Health Vision 2017.

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When to Say F**k It and STAY in Relationship

Dumb Little Man

In Mark Manson’s article entitled “F**k Yes or F**k No,” he asks the crucial question about being in relationship. If a person really just isn’t that into you, then why waste your time? This critical advice has hopefully saved a lot of heartache for those who have held on to relationship hope past the expiration date. Recently, however, a different slice of the same pie was delivered to a friend.

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Podcast 065: The junk drawer

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! I know you have one. Everyone has a junk drawer. It’s okay to confess because, drum roll please, it’s perfectly okay to have one! 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.

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Project Manage like a pro

Practically Perfect PA

Project management is a key skill for PAs these days. So many organisations are recognising that PAs are natural project managers – we are organised, we structure our work in a way that lends itself well to project work and actually we’ve been managing projects for most of our working life! But as usual, most of us are not sent on project management training! So here you will find some great blogs, books, tools and general tips on how to Project Manage like a pro.

Indoor Farming Startups Raising Plenty of Money

Small Business Labs

The indoor farming startup Plenty recently raised $200 million in venture funding. The round was led by Softbank's Vision fund and also included investments by tech billionaires Jeff Bezos and Eric Schmidt. The advantages of indoor farming are clear. By taking plants out of their outdoor environments and moving them inside to a controlled environment you can eliminate the problems associated with drought, pests, weeds and extreme weather.

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Seven Tips For Buying Cheap Appliances for New Homeowners

Dumb Little Man

Home ownership is on the upswing for new couples and an important consideration that comes with house ownership is appliances. Without the right ideas, purchasing appliances can easily burn holes in any couple’s wallet. According to financial expert Howard Clark, just upgrading old appliances will cost an average of $1,033. Fortunately, there are some valuable steps a new couple can take so they can get reliable but cheap appliances to meet their needs- without breaking the bank.

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How to nail a video interview

Practically Perfect PA

According to tech giant Cisco, 80% of all internet traffic will be video by 2019. No surprise then that the vast majority of employers now use video as part of their interview process, saying it saves a significant amount of time on face-to-face interviews and gives hiring managers a strong understanding of who will fit in a specific role and company culture. Video has also been found to have an overwhelmingly positive effect on the candidate experience.

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Study: Workplace Autonomy Increases Job Satisfaction and Well-Being

Small Business Labs

A recent study by researchers at the University of Birmingham found "that employees with higher levels of autonomy in their work reported positive effects on their overall well-being and higher levels of job satisfaction." " Key quote from Dr. Daniel Wheatley, who led the study: "Greater levels of control over work tasks and schedule have the potential to generate significant benefits for the employee, which was found to be evident in the levels of reported well-being."

2017 122

9 Traits of a Great Leader

Dumb Little Man

A true leader can be defined by many qualities, but nine traits stand out as being especially important. Some of them may be new to you while you might agree instantly with the rest. To help you grow into the leader you are meant to be, here are 9 traits of a great leader you should learn to internalize and adopt. Demonstrates Trust. Trust is the building block of effective delegation, effective teamwork and a happy and productive organization.

2017 123

Why Your Workers Think You're a Bad Boss

On The Job

I don't think anyone sets out to be a bad boss. Most managers I meet are really decent people. They work hard, try to help the people who work for them and really want to make a difference for their company and their team. But somewhere along the way, bad bosses happen. Maybe they feel they have to be "tough" to get results and so bully their workers. Or, too many team members take advantage of them, and they become defensive and vow never to give anyone a break.

2017 109

How the Best Hotels Win Repeat Bookings

The Small Business Blog

Follow these golden rules to build a reputation as a caring bed and breakfast, boutique hotel or national chain, to win repeat bookings. Convincing guests to stay at your hotel for a second or third time is up to eight times cheaper than winning a brand new customer. Here’s how to do it…. Offer the best nights’ sleep.

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What To Do About Procrastination

Productivityist

This guest post is by Camilla Kragius. Camilla is the founder of No More Hamster Wheel. She loves to teach people how to work smarter instead of harder and how to excel in life. You can connect with her on Facebook. We all procrastinate. It’s unavoidable. But did you know that beating yourself up over your procrastination is the antithesis of productivity? It will only slow you down. When we beat ourselves up for procrastinating, we dive into negative self-talk.

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4 Powerful Ways To Stay Motivated And Reach Your Goals Through Tough Times

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever gotten excited about your New Year’s resolutions only to have them fizzle out mere weeks after? This is a common enough story and we’ve all been there. When the “fresh start effect” fades away, your determination falters and the first bump on the road often signals the end of the journey. So, what can we do to keep our motivation high for the longer run? Here are 4 great ways to stay motivated. Listen to your heart.

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Grammar Quiz #10: Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers

Daily Writing Tips

Each of the following sentences includes a modifying phrase that confuses because it the statement is erroneously constructed or because the phrase is incorrectly located in the sentence. Recast the sentence so that the phrase properly modifies the part of the sentence it refers to. Waiting for the rainstorm to pass through, the day passed slowly. We only drove as far as the state line the first day. To complete the transaction, the check box for the terms of service must be checked.

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8 Digital Marketing Assets Every Successful CEO Utilizes

Small Business CEO

The most important parts of running a successful company is lead generation. The days of cold-calling and door-knocking for leads are over. As a CEO, you value time, productivity, and making an impact. It’s crucial that you are using modern digital tools to give you the time you need and to make marketing an afterthought so you can focus on changing the world. Here are the 4 areas where people spend their time online and 8 tools to take advantage of their online attention.

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Cause and Connection with James Eder

Productivityist

On this episode of the podcast, I am joined by James Eder, the founder of a new social app called Causr. James shares insights about connecting with others and the role social interaction plays in our lives. Some of the takeaways from our conversation include: We’re social beings. If we can give people context and understand who is nearby, connection–and even community–can form. The importance of face-to-face conversations–especially at conferences.

2017 46

5 Steps to Loving Yourself and Living Happily Ever After

Dumb Little Man

We are conditioned to feel crap about ourselves. You never hear people say “Yes, I think I’m great!” or “I love that about myself, I think it’s really cool,” or “I just really make myself laugh.”. It just sounds a bit weird that it’s more socially acceptable to mock yourself, put yourself down and bemoan your shortcomings. It’s almost cool to appear to be broken, dysfunctional and miserable.

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3 Problems with Introducing Sayings and Questions

Daily Writing Tips

Often, an incorrect form of punctuation is deployed to set off the introduction of a saying or a question from the quoted material itself. The following sentences demonstrate various errors related to this issue, and discussions and revisions explain the problem and illustrate one or more solutions. The old saying, “What gets rewarded gets done,” is as true with risk as with any other activity.

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Simple Ways to Cut on Business HR Costs

Small Business CEO

Every single department in a company now has to trim as many expenses as possible in order to increase organization overall value. HR departments are not an exception. Curbing expenses with human resources is normally a difficulty because this is usually not something that was needed in the past. Many CEOs have no idea what to do. The following methods presented by Productiv Inc should help out most CEOs that are having troubles reducing costs for HR departments.

2017 44

Defining Business Value Can be Difficult

The Marq

We've all heard the importance of delivering value to customers. But what about during the sales process? In those early talks, how do you portray the value you CAN deliver and also how the value your deliver differentiates you from others? This is what I've been struggling with over the last week as I continued refining our sales process, messaging and presentations. I've been putting together some new material that better portrays ValTeo Tech as the authority on DocuSign implementations.

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Simple Guide To A Green Roof

Dumb Little Man

Green roofs are roofs covered with vegetation. Before, vegetation growing on a rooftop was mostly due to neglect. Today, however, growing greens on a roof are making a trend. And for good reason. Green roofs have many benefits for the environment and the home itself. Investing in a living roof can minimize storm waters, add to your home’s insulation, and provide protection for your rooftop. It can even help reduce your home’s carbon footprint and boost its appeal.

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3 Cases of Nonequivalent List Items

Daily Writing Tips

When a list of items in a sentence is not a simple matter of a, b, and c, writers can easily err in erroneously constructing the sentence, mangling the syntax in the mistaken belief that nonequivalent items are equivalent. Each of the sentences below presents a distinct problem with parallel structuring of lists, and the discussions and revisions that follow the examples explain and resolve the problems. If you have a kitten, pregnant, or nursing cat, we recommend that you feed it kitten food.

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5-Step Guide to Choosing The Best Furniture For Your Office Space

Small Business CEO

Today’s offices are crazier looking than ever: you can go down a three-storey slide at Corus Entertainment in Toronto, run on an indoor track at DTAC HQ in Bangkok, fly to a meeting in a pod at the Google Office in Tel Aviv, or work in a room entirely made of Lego at Desklodge in Bristol.

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How To Get Funds For Your Mobile App Development Project

Dumb Little Man

One major reason why some people cannot turn their great ideas into reality in the app industry is the lack of funds. Hiring a mobile app developer, testing iterations, and deploying a mobile app is very expensive and so many mobile app developers, especially start-ups, find it difficult to raise the required funds. As a result, many ideas that would have been turned into apps to better our lives never become reality.

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How To Fail-Proof Your Business From The Beginning

Dumb Little Man

Building a business from the ground up is not easy. There’s a whole culture surrounding startups these days and you’ll often hear about the “lean startup” or how you only need to work 2 hours on your business and still make money. The reality is, you’re very likely going to be working a lot more than two hours a week for a very long time, and even then you aren’t guaranteed success. One of the hardest lessons in life is that you can do everything right and still fail.

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20 Idioms About Reptiles

Daily Writing Tips

The phrases and expressions listed in this post pertain to lizards and other reptiles, usually with a pejorative or otherwise negative allusion that reflects the dim view many people have of such animals. After a while, crocodile : A lighthearted response to the rhyming slang “See you later, alligator”. Crocodile tears : Hypocritical or insincere expression of remorse or sadness, from the traditional belief that alligators shed tears to lure prey or when they are eating prey.

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Words That Follow “Sequi”

Daily Writing Tips

The Latin verb sequi , meaning “follow,” is the source of a diverse array of words pertaining to “going after” in one way or another. This post lists and defines the term’s descendants. Sequel , originally meaning “retinue” and later coming to mean “result,” came from a Latin term meaning “that which follows.”

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“Off” and “On” Compounds

Daily Writing Tips

Off and on frequently appear as prefixes, but word structure can vary: Should the prefix be hyphenated to the root word, or should the entire word be a closed compound? This post lists examples of such terms. Prefixed words, like compound words, go through an evolutionary process. Unlike as is the case with compounds, however, there is no open phase.

2017 45

Choosing Between Individual and Team-Based Incentives

Small Business CEO

Incentives are a great way to keep your workforce motivated, but knowing what kind of incentive program to implement can make a big difference in terms of results. For many companies, everything boils down to individual versus team-based incentives. What are each option’s strengths and weaknesses and which one is a better fit for your company? A better understanding of both types of incentive programs should help you choose the right option.

2017 42

Are Smart Locks The Smart Choice for Business Owners?

Small Business CEO

For business owners, their company is their livelihood, so it makes sense to want the best kind of security system in place for your office. The only trouble with that is there are many different types of door locks and security systems available — and some are more technologically advanced than others. Business owners are now faced with the option to use a traditional door lock, or upgrade to a more techy “smart” lock. photo credit: PCmag.com.

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How to Clean The Office With Natural Cleaning Supplies

Small Business CEO

There is an alarming number of chemicals using in cleaning products today. Since World War II, over 70,000 artificial chemicals have been invented and a lot of them are in the cleaning products used in office cleaning supplies. These chemicals have been added even though the general public, and the people most exposed to these chemicals, do not know the harmful effects the chemicals are doing to them and the environment.

2017 42

Retirement Luxuries To Put On Your List

Small Business CEO

The phrase “planning for retirement” generally evokes images of white-haired individuals smiling in insurance commercials, making sure their finances are in order for the long haul. That’s definitely part of the process, and it’s always a good idea to speak to financial advisors, invest for retirement , and save whatever you’re able to. But planning for this phase of your life shouldn’t just be about making sure you can get by – it should also involve a few perks!

Why a Business Career is Right for You

Small Business CEO

There is a lot of pressure on people to find a career that is right for them. Different people have different aims, different ambitions, and different skills, all of which means that there is a need to think about this matter seriously. However, the diversity of options associated with a business career makes it an option worth considering, and the benefits and features of these roles ensure that many people decide that this is the option for them.

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Are Employee Wellness Schemes Worth It for SMBs?

Small Business CEO

Corporate wellness schemes are all the rage right now. Some of the biggest businesses of the digital age have pioneered the idea of placing emphasis on the worker’s health, as this “How we care for Googlers” page attests. Recently, fellow tech giant SAP began giving all employees FitBit devices in order to help them track their progress in the company fitness program. With such clear support from the larger businesses in the world, is it time for small and medium businesses to follow suit?

2017 41

Where Everybody Knows Your Name: Could Tracking Technology Be The Future Of Events?

Small Business CEO

Walking past the stands at a tech conference, you will undoubtedly receive more than your fair share of freebies. Over time these handouts have become more and more high-tech; first, it was pens and notebooks. Now, if you don’t receive a branded cardboard VR viewer at a tech conference, it’s probably because they ran out before you got there. photo credit: Myzone.com. Much like technology itself, these giveaways continue to evolve.

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3 Easy Ways To Stay Positive When Dealing With A Difficult Boss

Dumb Little Man

“It’s impossible.” ” “It will cost too much money and time.” ” “Your ideas always sound stupid.” ” “Your plan is going to fail. Your last project failed and this will, too’. If your boss is always making those statements, you probably have a negative boss. The truth is, there are different types of bosses. There’s the good, the bad, the crazy and the ugly. A negative boss ranks somewhere between crazy and ugly.

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