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The Best Advice Is The Kind You Keep To Yourself

Dumb Little Man

Do you give good advice? Do friends and family come to you in times of crisis? How would you define good advice? Do we have to know and trust the people who change our lives? Can strangers inspire us towards drastic decisions and if they do, why? Does life tend to change randomly? Now, while you try to wrap your head around those very deep and meaningful questions, I would like to give you a quick short cut. None of the above really matters. People will not stop smoking because you tell them to.

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7 Leadership Tips From Leaders

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 7 Leadership Tips From Leaders appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. What is a leader? A leader is a person who guides others toward a common goal, showing the way by example, creating an environment in which other team members feel actively involved in the entire process. A leader is not the boss of the team, but the person that is committed to carrying out the mission of the venture. Leaders exist to get things done.

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Deloitte on the Landscape of the Future

Small Business Labs

Deloitte's Center for the Edge researches and analyzes issues and topics related to corporate growth. It is run by two Silicon Valley luminaries - John Hagel and John Seely Brown.   They recently released The Hero's Jouney Through the Landscape of the Future , which focuses on a topic we've long covered - barbell industrial structures.

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Virtual Moxie

One of my coaching clients was describing some work she was doing with a client. As she shared the story, she mentioned something she was doing that I knew was on her Absolute No list. I stopped her and asked her about it; specifically, why she was doing it. She said, "Because she needed it done, and I didn''t know how to say no in the moment, so I just said yes, and I''m making the best of it.". How do you say no? "No." It''s a small word, but oh-so powerful.

2014 156

5 Signs It’s Time to Drop that Negative Person From Your Life

Dumb Little Man

It’s a hard pill to swallow when we discover that we can’t get along with everyone. We all like to think that we are highly likeable and that anyone would be lucky to have us in his or her life, whether it’s as a friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, acquaintance, etc. But sometimes people’s actions towards us tell us something to the contrary. Instead of valuing and appreciating our characteristics, talents, and skills, they criticize, take advantage of or just outright don’t care about them.

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Here’s My Top 5 Biz Automation Tools

Office Organization Success

I’m excited for this weekend. We’re taking a family day out to Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor to watch Manchester United vs. Real Madrid. It’s been several years since we’ve been to a professional soccer game, let alone watch two of the top professional European teams play! This week I wrapped up the Templates-A-Palooza giveaway event … and what a HUGE success it’s been. We had over 1,500 register for this event.

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Spotlight on assistant resources: Square Meal Venues and Events Live

Practically Perfect PA

For most assistants working in the UK the Square Meal website and guide is a well-loved and trusted resource. For many years I have consulted the guide for restaurant and venue ideas, it has always been my first port of call when managers have asked me to book restaurants for them. With over 5,000 up to date restaurant and bar reviews on the Square Meal website there really isn’t a better place to start for any assistant looking to find a new place to impress their boss.

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10 Small Steps to Achieve Your Goals faster and Have Way More Fun Than The Neighbors

Dumb Little Man

Spend time around positive people This. I mean for real. I want you to test this out – Here’s how: Begin to notice how you feel when you are around different types of people, negative people will make you feel heavy and tired, oh and then you will begin to say negatives things they are saying too. Positive people who support your goals and ideas, who are cheerful and carefree will give you energy, make you feel good and more determined to live a better life.

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Office Organization Success

If you haven’t heard about List-a-Palooza yet, you’ve got to check this out … It’s a List-Building Challenge to see how rapidly you can grow your e-mail list. With a profitable e-mail list you can: Attract more clients and sales. Turn current clients into repeat clients. Fill your seminars and programs. Promote other peoples’ programs that you believe in and earn $1,000′s in affiliate commissions.

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10 tips for organising car hire

Practically Perfect PA

If your boss is travelling to many different locations during their business trip it can be a lot more time and cost effective hiring a car for them. Many of your business travel agents will be able to organise this aspect of the business trip and will also be able to provide discounts if they book through their own preferred suppliers or through the airline’s preferred car hire company. If you are booking car hire directly for your manager there are a few things you should know first.

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1 in 5 Microbiz Owners Take a Lot of Vacation

Small Business Labs

Gallup has started a quarterly tracking survey on microbusinesses, which they seem to define as having less than 5 employees (their methodology section is a bit hazy on this).   The most recent survey was  on how much vacation time microbiz owners take. The results were quite interesting. Gallup focused on the fact that 1 in 5 microbiz owners took no vacation last year. 

2014 136

All In! Life Lessons From A Gambler

Dumb Little Man

If you were given a 99 percent chance to win at a hand of poker, you’d jump on it right? What if I threw in the fact that you’d be dealt pocket aces, even better right? A few days ago World Series of Poker mainstay Connor Drinan had this very situation. What I am referring to is the WSOP’s Big One for One Drop, a straight up challenge tournament pitting players head to head in a showdown that boasts a $1 million buy-in.

2014 219

Sponsor Post, August 2014

Simple Productivity Blog

In August, my sponsors feature those that can help you learn and grow. Double Your Business Leonie Dawson’s Double Your Business course distills the way that she took her business to 6 figures in a do-able and helpful manner. Franklin Planners With so many projects coming to a head before school starts, you need […]. The post Sponsor Post, August 2014 appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

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Is "You're Overqualified" an Excuse?

On The Job

There is good news and bad news about the job market. First, the good news: Employers are hiring more people, and for better-paying positions. Now for the bad news: Some employers are still too short-sighted when it comes to hiring decisions. The Washington Post recently profiled a J. Jennifer Johnson, a 36-year veteran worker with tons of skills but no job offers. The reason? Employers have a “psychological bias” when it comes to employment gaps on a resume.

2014 154

The Rise of Farm Incubators

Small Business Labs

Two of our favorite topics are shared workspaces and small farms. So we're very excited about the the emergence of farm incubators that combine both concepts. According to Fox Business dozens of farm incubators are springing up across the country. Key quote from their article: The goal is to help farmers get started by using the incubator model that has been successful in launching new businesses.

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Procrastination – Business Quote of the Week

The Small Business Blog

“Most executives have learned that what one postpones, one actually abandons… timing is a most important element in the success of any effort. To do five years later what would have been smart to do five years earlier, is almost a sure recipe for frustration and failure.” ” – Peter F. Drucker, US management consultant. A… Read the full article here: Procrastination – Business Quote of the Week on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

2014 153

Manage Your Time. Schedule Your Workflow. Save Your Sanity.

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. I heard an old expression the other day, “the harder I work, the behinder I get!” Do you ever feel like they’re talking about you? I remember times when I certainly felt this way. That got me to thinking about the importance of managing your time and workflow, especially as a small business owner or entrepreneur who typically works alone. Our goal, after all, is to work smarter, not harder, right?

2014 100

Kipple is Clutter

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2007-02-26 17:50:04. Republished by Blog Post Promoter “Kipple is useless objects, like junk mail or match folders after you use the last match or gum wrappers or yesterday’s homeopape. When nobody’s around, kipple reproduces itself. For instance, if you go to bed leaving any kipple around your apartment, when you wake up the next morning there’s twice as much of it. It always gets more and more.” “I I see.”

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Little Choices Make Big Impact

Office Dynamics

“Most people are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln. Little Choices Make Big Impact. It’s a little choice. Each Monday since January I’ve focused on the Year of BIG. We’ve talked about BIG Thoughts, Goals, Energy, Focus, Learning, Staying Power, and Change. The next four weeks our focus is on BIG Action. Every single day we’re faced with hundreds of choices, choices that are seemingly small and insignificant but have BIG impact on the outcome of our life.

2014 132

4 Annoying Habits of CEOs

On The Job

I think I may scream if I see one more CEO on television touting his or her company and: Using upspeak. "I I think our sales will exceed expectations? Our customers seem to be loyal?" This sounds like the CEO isn''t sure, or channeling a 13-year-old at the mall with friends. Being boring. I''ve seen company leaders talk about their products with the the enthusiasm of reading the dictionary. Not telling stories.

2014 130

Which and That to Introduce Clauses

Daily Writing Tips

In Modern English Usage (1926), Fowler argues the case for limiting that to what he calls “defining clauses” and reserving which to introduce “non-defining clauses.”. Note: Fowler’s terms defining and non-defining correspond to restrictive and nonrestrictive. Yet, here we are, more than 80 years later, and questions about when to use which and when to use that to introduce a clause are among those most commonly asked at this and other grammar sites.

2014 87

How to Make Monday Work for You


There are very few things more daunting than Mondays. You''ve just come off of a weekend where you were able to relax and get some much-needed downtime.and now that Monday has arrived all of that is over. Mondays may not be the best day of the week, but they don''t have to be unbearable. It''s all in how you approach them. Sure, some of what Mondays send your way is out of your control. Yet you can control how you react to what cards you''re dealt.

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New! Scholarship Application for 2014 Conference [TIME SENSITIVE]

Office Dynamics

Administrative Conference Scholarship Application Announcement. I am excited to share with you that we are now accepting applications for scholarships for the 21st Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence happening this Sept 30-Oct 3 at the Red Rock Resort & Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. One full tuition ($1495 value!) and two partial tuition scholarships ($1000 value!) will be awarded — but time is short!

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“How did you do that?” versus “Why should I do that?”

Brilliantly Better

Every time I get successful in some area of my life, I get this question from people around me: “How did you that?” For instance, … The post “How did you do that?” ” versus “Why should I do that?” ” appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

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Possessive of Proper Names Ending in S

Daily Writing Tips

Should one write “Jesus’ name” or “Jesus’s name”? Which is correct, “Travis’ friend” or “Travis’s friend”? The questions on the use of the apostrophe to form the possessive keep coming. This post is about how to form the possessive of a proper name that ends in -s. Most stylebooks agree that the rule for forming the possessive of a singular noun ending in -s is formed by adding ’s : the boss’s birthday. the bus’s wheels. the witness’s testimony.

2014 87

Book Review: The Five Elements of Effective Thinking


The following review is written by Mike Dariano. Mike offers up book reviews here at Productivityist , and he writes about other things he''s learned at People Smarter Than Me. You can connect with him on Twitter at @MikeDariano. I downloaded the Audible version of The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking by Dr. Edward Burger and Dr. Michael Starbird for a weekend road trip and was, at first, disappointed to see that there was only about three hours of content.

2014 84

Run An Effective Office Charity Drive

Office Dynamics

It’s time for our monthly guest post from our friends at Business Management Daily. It might seem too early to be talking about how to run an effective office charity drive. It’s actually perfect timing to begin your planning now to host a really great charity drive at your organization this holiday season! Please leave your tips in the comments section below. How do you run an effective office charity drive? by MARY ELLEN SLAYTER on JULY 17, 2014 8:24AM. in ADMIN PRO FORUM.

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5 Online Tools a Small Business Needs

Small Business CEO

Running a small business requires entrepreneurs to wear many hats: accounting, project management, collaboration, marketing and so on. Just as there is no lack of tasks for you to do, there is no shortage of online apps and tools to help make these responsibilities easier or more efficient either. If you’re looking to take some of the tedious duties digital, then here are five tools that you can start using immediately: Social Media Management: Hootsuite.

2014 84

Idea and Ideal

Daily Writing Tips

It may be a regionalism, but many speakers say or write ideal when they mean idea. For example: I have an ideal for next year’s Christmas: Move the date. Comic Silverman has an ideal for ending world hunger: Sell the Vatican. Do you have any ideals for how I can ease my fear of flying? The noun idea can be used with philosophical connotations, but as the word is used in ordinary conversation, it usually means “the picture or notion of something formed in the mind.”

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Are You Hurting Your Business By Ignoring the Move to Mobile?

Tips From T. Marie

You’d have to live under a rock not to be aware of the sheer numbers of smart phones and tablets out there. So why is it that so few businesses are revamping their websites and marketing strategies to match? I’m literally floored by the number of folks I speak to about websites and services that are totally unconcerned about optimizing their website and offerings for mobile devices. They shrug off the importance of things like social media accounts and engaging and responsive websites.

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It’s the Small Things

Denise Aday

Somewhere in the natural and rightful world of progress we came to believe that our destinies meant something bigger than the small things that we do every day. I do not agree. I think a correction must be made – and if not by us and for ourselves, then where and when? Harriet Fasenfest, A Householder’s Guide to the Universe. Personal authors books personal quotes work

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Growing Your Text Marketing List: 6 Essential Tips

Small Business CEO

If you want to grow a text marketing list into one that’s truly successful, don’t assume that you know all the right ingredients. All too often marketers make the mistake of assuming, and their efforts end up wasted. If you want to ensure success now and in the future, consider these 6 text message marketing musts. Offer an Incentive. But not just any kind of incentive. Ensure that you are offering something truly valuable to those who opt in to receive your messages.

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With All Due Respect

Daily Writing Tips

A reader wonders why the word due precedes the word respect in the expression with all due respect: Every time I hear it, I mull over the possibility of thisquotation being better phrased as “with all respect due.” ” I think it not only sounds better but…improves its usage. With all due respect and its variations with all respect and with great respect, are condensed ways of saying, with all the regard that is owing [to you]..

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Select vs. Selected

Daily Writing Tips

The English verb select and the adjectives, select and selected , derive from a Latin verb meaning, “to choose, select, set apart.”. Both adjectives mean, “chosen from a larger number of other things.” However, a useful distinction exists between selected and select. selected. This adjective indicates that something has been chosen or picked out from a larger number; the reason for the selection is usually made clear by the context.

2014 84

Enthusiasm and Enthuse

Daily Writing Tips

The English word enthusiasm derives from Greek entheos , “possessed by a god.” A person filled with enthusiasm was filled with a divine frenzy. An early meaning in English was “ poetic or prophetic frenzy.” An “enthusiastic preacher,” for example, was what a modern speaker might call a “charismatic speaker.”. From describing religious fervor, the use of enthusiasm extended to passionate feelings expressed in other areas, like politics.

2014 82

Psyche and Her Progeny

Daily Writing Tips

The origin of our word psyche is the Greek noun psukhe , denoting both breath and the life represented by breath: the animating principle in man and other living beings. The word has been a rich source of words in English and other languages. In the classical myth of Cupid and Psyche, the woman Psyche represents the human soul. The earliest extant written version of this story appears in the second-century novel The Golden Ass by Apuleius.

2014 81

Software Law Students Should Start Learning to Use

Small Business CEO

Being a student has its perks: you get structure with freedom; people don’t judge you if you still live with your parents; and companies and organizations still offer you a whole lot of freebies. To make the most of your time in university and get ahead of your cohort, take advantage of those freebies – especially by learning to use software and programs that practicing lawyers employ every day.

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