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5 Questions You Need To Ask Before Taking A Risk

Dumb Little Man

“I think there’s a difference between a gamble and a calculated risk.” ” – Edmund H. North Taking a risk can be a scary thing, no matter what type of risk it is. And that fear alone can paralyze you before you even take your first step. You’ll tell yourself crippling stories and make up all the excuses in the world to play it safe. Yet you know playing it safe will get you nothing but safe. That’s understandable.

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Hitting the salary cap

Practically Perfect PA

A few years ago I was working as a PA to a senior board director in an organisation full of project managers, engineers and specialist technicians. There were a large number of administration and support staff but we certainly didn’t make up the bulk of the business. As is often the case renumeration was structure around the staff who made the business money (or the folks who made the business more efficient and thus made the business money).

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How Do You Know When It's Time?

Virtual Moxie

How can you be sure that it's time to let a client go, time to change your business model, time to go for training or certification, or time for… well, anything, really? When do you really know that you're ready? You never do. Even when there's a problem that seems irresolvable and you feel pushed to do something different, you never can be sure you've worked at things hard enough, or looked for enough solutions, or even completely addressed things together (if another person's involved).

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The Economic Woes of Millennials

Small Business Labs

Life's tough out there for millennials (born 1980 to 2000). And several recent articles have extensive data illustrating this.    The New York Time's article We're Making it Too Hard for Millennials points out: "The most educated generation in history is on track to becoming less prosperous, at least financially, than its predecessors."

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3 Simple Ways to Trim Your Monthly Expenses Without Being Miserable

Dumb Little Man

Have you added up all of your monthly expenses lately, or are you too afraid to look? By the time you account for things like rent/mortgage, utilities, cable and internet, groceries, gas, car insurance, health insurance, daycare, lawn care, and car payments, what’s actually left of your paycheck? The answer for many people is very little. But what if we could tell you that it’s possible to reduce your monthly expenses without completely compromising your lifestyle?

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My Sense of Urgency Is Killing Me (Slowly)

Eat Your Career

For those of you who haven’t met me in the real world, let me first explain some of my character assets and liabilities. I’m what every personality test on the planet would describe as “highly dominant” in a workplace setting. (In In a personal setting, I’m quite different, but that’s a story for another day…). At work, I’m extremely task-focused, almost to the detriment of my professional relationships. I do everything fast—from walking to talking to achieving.

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New Productivity Forms: August 2015

Simple Productivity Blog

In 2014 I decided I wanted to release monthly productivity forms with a seasonal theme. Fun tools make it more likely I will use them, and honestly, I get bored with the plain old print and line forms. In 2015 I decided to continue this tradition. So to that end, I will be releasing a […]. The post New Productivity Forms: August 2015 appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

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How to get great customer service, anywhere.

Dumb Little Man

Dealing with corporate customer service departments is often one of the most frustrating experiences of modern life, and many of us have horror stories of futile attempts to resolve a simple issue amid a minefield of unhelpful automated phone trees and uncaring representatives. By following a few easy steps, however, we can make sure our problem is solved easily and effectively, no matter the company we are calling. Think about what you want, and do your homework.

Special pricing for VIP full-day intensives!

Step It Up VA Coaching

Softball is over for the summer. No more practices, games, try-outs, or workouts! I’m not sure what I’m going to do with all this free time, except hopefully spend some of it with YOU! I would love to work with you for a full day on your business! Announcing “before summer’s over” dates for VIP In-Person Intensives ! AND through this week (or until they’re gone!),

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Practicing Principles of Persuasion

Office Dynamics

This week I have a short but powerful Monday Motivator for you. Tomorrow we’ll be offering a free webinar focused on Getting to Yes, which has brought up a lot of thoughts around the idea of assistants needing to build the power of their persuasive skills. Here are 7 ideas for principles of persuasion to implement right away. For more, join us at tomorrow’s free event! Know exactly what you want to accomplish by attending the training or conference.

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The Accelerating Pace of Worker Misclassification Regulations

Small Business Labs

Spend Matters and MBO Partners had a really interesting webinar last week titled Highly Skilled Independent Professionals are Coming - Get Ready.    It covered the trend towards highly skilled people becoming independent workers and the issues corporations face in attracting and retaining this type of contingent talent. The webinar presentation ( click here for the slide s) is full of interesting information. But one slide really jumped out at me.

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7 Inspirational quotes by CEOs and co-founder that will guide you to be successful

Dumb Little Man

Ever wondered what it takes to be a CEO of top companies or to have a successful start up. Answer to this might be quite complicated taking into consideration wide range of factors. One don’t only needs to have adequate qualification, experience or expertise to be CEO or to have a successful startup, this indeed is an important factor but it’s not everything.

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Doing This One Thing Will Make Your Boss Happy

On The Job

It happened again yesterday, so I guess I need to write about this AGAIN. I went to a restaurant, and a friendly server named "Matt" came to take our order. He smiled pleasantly as the six people at the table gave their order. He never once reached for a pen or paper. He just nodded pleasantly as we gave him our orders. Then, of course, it happened. Two of the orders were wrong. Matt just nodded pleasantly and said "Sorry!" as he hot-footed it back to the kitchen to correct the orders.

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On Vacation, August 2015

Simple Productivity Blog

I’m on vacation this week…I’m spending the time with family, planning the upcoming blog changes, and relaxing! Photo by davidwilson1949. Licensed under Creative Commons. The post On Vacation, August 2015 appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog., or you can find me on Twitter ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( Facebook.com/SimpleProductivity ). Blog Business

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The Seven Deadly Organizing Sins: Wrath

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2009-11-05 12:37:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter This is Sin #5 on the list, which also includes lust, gluttony , greed and sloth. Wrath, or anger, is sinful because it’s destructive. It can harm others and it can harm you as well. Here’s a scenario: Overwhelmed Olivia decides to beat clutter once and for all. She buys an organizing book and sets aside a weekend. By Sunday night, she’s only on the third cabinet and she feels frustrated.

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6 Tips to Telling Someone, “I’m Not Interested”

Dumb Little Man

Someone at work have a crush on you? A friend of a friend who keeps asking you out? Or maybe someone you have seen a few times and you just do not see a relationship happening? It can be really hard to tell someone we just are not interested. Few of us enjoy hurting someone’s feelings – and we all know what being shot down feels like. So here are 6 tips on how to effectively tell another person you are not interested and minimize the sting at the same time: • Be Honest.

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Are Outside Innovators the Key to Success?

On The Job

In 2013, Campbell Soup Co. launched its “Hack the Kitchen” contest to challenge innovative developers to create web or mobile apps for mealtime solutions. The winner, FoodMood, tapped into user’s emotions by asking “What’s your mood?” and the app then suggested recipes based on the user’s feelings and food preferences. FoodMood, developed by Pollinate Inc., received a $25,000 cash prize and a $25,000 contract to bring the idea to market.

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My Sense of Urgency Is Killing Me (Slowly)

Eat Your Career

For those of you who haven’t met me in the real world, let me first explain some of my character assets and liabilities. I’m what every personality test on the planet would describe as “highly dominant” in a workplace setting. (In In a personal setting, I’m quite different, but that’s a story for another day…). At work, I’m extremely task-focused, almost to the detriment of my professional relationships. I do everything fast—from walking to talking to achieving.

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Remember the Tricolon

Daily Writing Tips

A tricolon is a rhetorical device that employs a series of three parallel words, phrases, or clauses. The word derives from Greek tri (“three”) + colon (“section of a sentence”). The plural of tricolon is tricola. Julius Caesar’s famous “Veni, vidi, vici” is a tricolon consisting of three verbs. The tricolon is phrased in ascending order, culminating with the most important action: “I came, I saw, [and] I conquered.”.

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I Made $11.65 My First Year in Business! 51 Questions for Getting Through the Struggle

Dumb Little Man

So, in April of 2014, I published my first post on my new blog begintobelieve.com- “a prayerful & practical guide to facing change and challenge.” And yes, over the last 12+ months, I made a whopping $11.65 selling my ebooks and guides…wtf! But I have to say that surprisingly, I was initially elated about my $11.65! For me, receiving even the slightest form of validation is something to be grateful for and I am!

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The Simple Travel Hack I Use To Save My Time And My Sanity

Productivityist

I like going places, but I don’t like what it takes to get there all that much. I’m sure I’m not alone here. But I do spend time some away from home, as shown in the screenshot below from my TripIt profile. I’ve been using TripIt for four years. I average about 12 trips per year and in 2015 I’ve done less than half of that. Even still, my past travels have shaped how I travel now and one of the things I pride myself on is “walking the productive walk” as much as I talk the talk.

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5 Challenges Faced by Small Businesses in 2015

Small Business CEO

Companies face difficult challenges in today’s competitive business world. Some researchers estimate that about 50 percent of companies only last four or five years before going out of business. To avoid failure, entrepreneurs need to know how they can face these five common challenges in 2015. Keeping Up with Regulations. Large companies hire lawyers to make sure they follow the latest regulations for their industries. Small businesses rarely have enough money to keep lawyers on retainer.

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Standard, Standardize, and Standardized

Daily Writing Tips

A reader has asked for a discussion of the words standard , standardize and standardized : I ask because of a statement I made sometime ago, where I said, “we took a standard test” But my friend thought it should have been “we took a standardized test” I think I’m correct since standard in this context is an adjective that qualifies the noun test. On the other hand, standardize is a transitive verb and it should convey a sense of action.

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4 Tricks To Turn Your Buyers Into Loyal Customers

Dumb Little Man

One of the best business advices I have ever got was this – “do not plan your business strategy around getting new customers. Instead, plan it around getting repeat orders”. It’s a very simple change in thought process, but can bring about drastically different results in terms of business outcome. Here is how you do it.

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Ancient Productivity Advice That’s Relevant Today (Part II)

Productivityist

If a local pizza place has been around for twenty years, it can’t be bad pizza. If advice has been around for 2000 years, it can’t be bad advice. Here are four more suggestions from Roman author and philosopher, Seneca. (In In case you missed part one it’s here.). Don’t be expectant. The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today.”. Don’t daydream of the future; take action. Do something that seizes the moment rather than speculating or being indecisive.

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Increase Productivity with Flexible Working

Small Business CEO

Businesses can often be reluctant to engage a flexible working policy through fear that the system will become more of problem than a benefit. The correct structure has to be in place to support the system and maximise the benefits but can it increase job satisfaction? Should it and can it be made available to all employees or just a few?

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Jiggery-pokery and Pure Applesauce

Daily Writing Tips

The choice of words in a recent Supreme Court dissent prompted this email from a reader: Justice Scalia recently used the terms “pure applesauce” and “jiggery-pokery.” ” I was able to find what “jiggery-pokery” means but not “pure applesauce” Can you help? Jiggery-pokery , as the reader presumably discovered, is a colloquial expression meaning “deceitful or dishonest manipulation; hocus pocus, humbug.”

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ASMR Relaxation and Tingle Braingasms

Dumb Little Man

Do you get tingles when you stare into a drawing, or when you hear a type of repetitive sound? Are you burnt out from long days at work or essentially bored out of your mind watching the same fast paced and extremely jolting television commericals? ASMR is a new entertainment style on youtube and other video sharing sites. When people listen to artists brush hair, or watch them fold towels, they are triggered into a type of euphoric relaxation where tingles melt their minds.

2015 162

Review – Momentum

Productivityist

Last month, I had the most amazing family vacation in Florida. For the first time in several years, I was able to kick back, relax with my loved ones and forget about the daily grind that would await me on my return home. Vacations are not all good news, however. When I returned to normal life, I found it incredibly difficult to back into my routine. My 5am starts were gone and if I got out of bed by 6am, I’d consider that a great effort. The desire to exercise had fallen by the wayside.

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Tips For a Productive Working Environment

Small Business CEO

Your workspace environment can have a major impact on your overall productivity and motivation. Let’s face it, a drab and cold feeling office isn’t going to fill you with joy is it? Just a few simple changes can give your office an overhaul and create a warm and welcoming environment. If you’re a small business, then you want to make a solid first impression on potential clients and visitors, your space can tell a thousand words!

Acclimate vs. Acclimatise

Daily Writing Tips

In my line of work, I’m used to comments that blame American speakers for usage that British speakers find annoying. For example: How is it possible for Americans to create acclimate from acclimatise ? The effect on me is far worse than hearing “math” or “off of” I share the commenter’s feelings regarding the redundant and ugly “off of,” as in “He fell off of the wagon” but fail to understand why math should bother him.

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Why You Need to Attach Meaning to Your Money

Men With Pens

Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Why You Need to Attach Meaning to Your Money first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Better Business

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Another meaning for Dope

Daily Writing Tips

This headline on Buzzfeed caused me to do a double-take: The 4 Dopest Quotes From Ruth Bader Ginsburg On Marriage Equality. Initially, I thought the article so headed would list quotations considered by the writer to be especially misguided or stupid (i.e., dopey”). As I read further, I realized that the writer admired Associate Justice Ginsberg’s opinions as expressed in the quotations. The word dopest was intended as a compliment. The word dope has a long and checkered history in English.

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Verb Review #10: Forming Questions

Daily Writing Tips

Questions do not follow usual subject-verb order. In questions that contain only one verb, the verb precedes the subject: Are you my friend? Have you any wool? In questions that contain two verb forms, the subject is sandwiched between them: Can you help me? Is he going with us? The helping verb always goes first. The same word order applies when a question begins with a question word: Where is he? Where has she been all these years?

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How MOOC s are Changing the Way we Do Corporate Education

Small Business CEO

Remember when everyone thought the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) would be the future of higher education as we know it? Yeah, that was only 2012. In recent years, the popularity of the MOOC has dramatically decreased. Yet inversely, the number of high profile research institutions that have presented these courses has steadily risen.

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Intelligent Insights to Ignite Positive Change for Your Business

Small Business CEO

Brought to you by Spark Business ® from Capital One ®. Whether you’re breaking into new industries, creating services within a community, or carving a niche out of an existing market, as a modern entrepreneur, you’re set on exceeding expectations on all fronts. Part of getting to that place is sourcing helpful insights that work to demystify small business, and in turn, lead to positive change.

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Office Rebranding: 7 Personalization Tips to Make Your Space Your Own

Small Business CEO

It seems that nine out of 10 offices look exactly the same: gray cubes, white walls, fluorescent lighting, and dull, dreary-eyed workers. While this uniformity may be the cheapest décor option, it certainly doesn’t inspire your workers to be better — or entice prospective clients to buy your products. What you need to rebrand your frumpy office interiors with a bright new style that encourages everyone to feel better and work harder.

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