Sat.May 21, 2016 - Fri.May 27, 2016

Coworking Has Crossed the Chasm

Small Business Labs

The Coworking Industry is an interesting white paper by coworking industry veteran Drew Jones, who is a partner in the boutique coworking consultancy OpenWork. The paper uses the diffusion of innovation model developed in the book Crossing the Chasm  to show that coworking has reached the early majority phase. This roughly equivalent to saying coworking is beginning to enter the mainstream. 

2016 153

The big PA questions – what do you think?

Practically Perfect PA

Last month I asked you all to complete a survey which asked what are the big topics for discussion at the moment. What stuff should we be debating, what is going on, what should be changed and what is working well within the Assistant industry. Thanks to the hundreds of you that completed that survey. Here are the results… Are there any additional questions we should be thinking about?

2016 140
Insiders

Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

7 Tips On How To Overcome Procrastination Everyday

Dumb Little Man

Are you finding out that you need to learn how to overcome procrastination ? Procrastination is as bad as it sounds. Do you always put off what you have to do until the last minute, panic right before the deadline, or put yourself in an emotional rollercoaster almost every week? The causes for this kind of behaviour are many and they can be very private. They can range from fear of failure to simple laziness. The good news is that you can overcome this behavior if you decide to.

2016 124

5 Scientifically Proven Tips to Boost Your Productivity

Productivity Bits

So much to do and so little time! This seems to be one of the most common complaints in our hectic society. Whether we are at home, at study or at work, there are inevitably many demands on our time. Here are a few ways to supercharge your productivity and get everything done with minimal stress. Eat Right A healthy diet is important for so many aspects of life. It is the nutrients contained in the food we eat that gives our bodies the fuel it needs.

2016 116

Blockchain Starting to Move into the Real World

Small Business Labs

Goldman Sachs recently released a report suggesting that blockchain is moving past the hype and that the decentralized ledger technology that Bitcoin is based on will be used across a variety of applications in the near future. We covered blockchain last year and here is our description: blockchain is a shared, distributed ledger — really a new type of database structure — that runs without a single centralized operator.

2016 122

The Wellesley, Knightsbridge, London

Practically Perfect PA

Even when you spend a lot of time reviewing nice hotels you rarely find a bedroom that you can describe as “the best you’ve stayed in” but this was one of those rare times. Welcome to The Wellesley. Their website says: “Discover contemporary luxury and traditional glamour in the heart of London at The Wellesley – a Knightsbridge hotel offering discreet and uncompromising service for the discerning traveller” N o traveller would be disappointed with this hotel.

2016 122

The Importance of Personal Hygiene for Healthy Living

Dumb Little Man

Every person should be made aware of the importance of personal hygiene to everyday living. From conception until death, humans come in contact with multitudes of other living organisms that share a common living environment. Some organisms can be potentially dangerous to other living beings due to their ability to cause infection. Infectious or communicable diseases are caused by pathogens and diseases can be transmitted from one person to another through physical contact.

2016 119

More Trending

Consulteering - A New Approach to Retirement

Small Business Labs

Work a Little, Play a Little: A New Retirement Strategy from the New York Times covers the  growing trend towards people working part-time in retirement. As we reported last week, record numbers of Americans are working past 65. They are doing so for a variety of reasons, including financial need, wanting to stay engaged and simply enjoying work. 

How to Develop Your Inner Circle, a Webinar Replay with Peggy Vasquez

Office Dynamics

Almost every successful person freely admits that success is not a one-person job. Without a trusted support network—an “inner circle” of people to share their wisdom, experience, and belief in you—the road to success is elusive, if not impossible. Regardless of your job title, intelligence level or personal skill set, there is one certainty that always holds true: You simply cannot achieve your vision of greatness (whatever it may be) without the help of other people.

2016 157

5 Outdated Resume Writing Tips to Ignore Right Now

Dumb Little Man

Are you still using outdated resume writing tips ? The world has changed a lot since the Internet came out with resume writing tips. Recruiters are now spending less time reading resumes – and unnecessary information may lead to your resume being put into the bottom of the pile. A free online resume builder may help but you should also watch out for the following tips for writing a resume as they are no longer recommended in today’s job-hunting market. Stuff Your Resume with Keywords.

Resume 112

How to Lead Digital Transformation Successfully

On The Job

These days, it’s not a question of if – but when – your organization will digitally transform itself. The real unknown may be how it will take place. If the transformation is done poorly, then a company’s very survival might be at risk. But if it’s done right, then the organization may evolve into an enterprise that is more agile, more competitive and more innovative. Much of this, of course, depends on senior leadership.

2016 126

We Hired Him!

Job Advice Blog

If you have been following JTL Services, Inc.’s s online presence through our jobadviceblog.com site, then you may have noticed a few changes. The biggest change is the addition of our Millennial Corner, a section of our blog that highlights and discusses many aspects of the millennial generation entering the job world and interacting with those […]. The post We Hired Him! appeared first on JTL Services Inc.

2016 100

10 Practical Strategies for Dealing with Change

Office Dynamics

Already this year, I have talked to many people in the workplace who are experiencing all kinds of changes; everything from company mergers and acquisitions (the biggest one) to job changes, project restructuring, getting a new supervisor to personal change. I have been speaking and writing about change for 25+ years. It is one of my favorite topics to speak on because everyone has to deal with change personally and professionally.

2016 148

5 Smart Topics for Small Talk Conversation

Dumb Little Man

Ever been in dire need of topics for small talk conversation ? You come across someone you know but aren’t interested enough to engage in any serious conversation right now. You might not be in the mood, or you may not rate the person that high to waste calories on. The circumstances are such that you can’t escape gracefully. Just the next 5-10-20 mins is all you care about at this point. Once you’re past this heat, you plan to “keep on rockin’ in the free world”.

2016 108

Why Your Charts Suck -- and How to Make Them Much Better

On The Job

In today’s world, we often make decisions based on data, whether it’s how much to exercise or what product to buy. But what you may not realize is how many decisions are made based on the charts used to visualize that data — and unfortunately some of those charts aren’t very good.

2016 109

How to Tame Your Inner Critic to Boost Your Productivity

Productivityist

Today’s guest post is by Tom Casano. Tom is the founder of Life Coach Spotter where you can find a coach to be happier, reach your goals, and find your true self. Ever wonder why you can be extremely productive in some areas while you find yourself stuck in others? The underlying reason is one of the biggest roadblocks you’ll ever have: Your inner critic. You are your biggest critic. While that can be helpful at times, in most cases your method of critique doesn’t work.

2016 60

2016 Administrative Conference Scholarship Winners Announced

Office Dynamics

In 2014 we rolled out a scholarship program for the Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence. We’ve never offered a scholarship for our administrative conference in its history – now hosting our 23rd year. We were thrilled with the quality of applications received and that the scholarship winners continued their relationship with Office Dynamics International after their experience with our event. We planned to continue to offer the program.

2016 132

Tips For Selecting A Part Time Online Study Program

Dumb Little Man

Thinking of taking on an online study program ? A parttime online study program is a great way to get a higher educational degree while balancing your professional and personal life effectively. It will allow you to finance your degree while holding your current job. At the same time, you can also make the expenses associated with your degree program more manageable. Of course, part-time online study programs are longer than the regular ones.

2016 104

8 Things I Learned By Studying Buddhism

Brilliantly Better

During the last few years I’ve been studying buddhism with increasing curiosity. And for the last two years I’ve also applied many buddhist concepts in my day to day life. Looking back, I realize that the most profound changes in… The post 8 Things I Learned By Studying Buddhism appeared first on Dragos Roua. Spirituality & Beliefs

2016 59

The Voice You Can Trust

Productivityist

The voice that you must trust the most is the one that combines the voice from the past and the voice from the present. The voice from the past is the one that at least gave some thought to some of the intentions that you had. This voice wanted to ensure that you – in the present day – would give these intentions some form of your attention. Now this doesn’t mean that you necessarily do these things you intended.

2016 56

Whack Extraneous Phrases from Your Writing

Office Dynamics

This is part of a series by editor Barbara McNichol to provide tips that help you write like a pro. In their classic book The Elements of Style, Strunk and White called word clutter “the leeches that infest the pond of prose, sucking the blood out of words.” Who wants that in their writing?

2016 118

5 Examples of Confused Sentences

Daily Writing Tips

When writers neglect to take sufficient care in forming sentences, confusion and error can easily result. The following five sentences illustrate various ways in which the wrong word order or choice of phrasing can obfuscate meaning; discussion and a revision follows each example. Various supervisors have developed their own risk assessment methodologies independently, which are not always directly comparable.

2016 54

5 Ways to Show Your Employees that Your Small Business Cares

Small Business CEO

As a small business, you know it’s very important that you do what you can to keep your employees happy. After all, turnover costs your company money, and in a small business, money may not be something you have much of. As an employee of a small business, it’s very important to know that your employer cares about you. If an employer shows you that you’re appreciated, it encourages you to stay there for a long period of time. photo credit: Steven Depolo / Flickr.

2016 63

The Productivityist Podcast: Priorities with Erik Fisher and Steve Dotto

Productivityist

On this episode of The Productivityist Podcast, I’m featuring the Productivity Powerhouse Panel Blab that Steve Dotto ( DottoTech ) and Erik Fisher ( Beyond The To Do List ) did with me on the topic of priorities. This episode is a little longer than usual – these panel discussions last an hour – and the audio quality will be different because it is ripped from the Blab we did.

2016 48

3 Cases of Superfluous Hyphenation

Daily Writing Tips

The oft-misunderstood hyphen is often left out of a phrase because of confusion about (or ignorance of) its purpose; occasionally, perplexity about the hyphen’s function is the cause of extraneous use, as shown in the examples below. The mother-of-two said she had never seen anything like it before. The simple descriptive phrase that provides more detail about the person requires no hyphenation: “The mother of two said she had never seen anything like it before.”

2016 54

50 Idioms with Single, Double, and Triple

Daily Writing Tips

The following is a list of idioms about multiplicative numbers ( single , double , and triple ) and their meanings. at a single blow/stroke : with one movement. at/on the double : quickly. body double : someone who stands in for another, especially in a performance. double : two servings of an alcoholic beverage, a two-base hit in baseball, or an identical person or thing. double as : serve in two capacities. double back : return to a starting point.

2016 54

Scare Quotes and Sneer Words

Daily Writing Tips

When a writer wishes to call attention to a dubious or specious claim or to a person of questionable honesty, two forms of shorthand are available: scare quotes and sneer words. Scare quotes are quotation marks framing a word or phrase to call attention to it and point out that the writer does not accept the word or phrase as valid or that the writer is casting aspersions. For example, one might write, “Several ‘experts’ were unable to provide a convincing explanation.”

2016 54

Sinewy and Sinuous

Daily Writing Tips

In the context of anatomy, a sinew is “a strong fibrous cord serving to connect a muscle with a bone or other part.”. Figuratively, usually in the plural, sinew connotes strength, as in this much-repeated quotation from Cicero: “The sinews of war are infinite money.” ” The adjective for sinew is sinewy. When I hear or read the word sinewy applied to a person, I think of muscles, strength, and healthy leanness. In the context of cooking, sinewy is applied to cuts of meat.

2016 53

Is Your Style Trim and Fit?

Daily Writing Tips

The term “lean writing style” is not new to literary criticism. Dashiell Hammett is the American writer most cited as the master of it. However, the recent spate of how-to articles urging writers of all genres to hone a “lean writing style” may have more to do with the world of computing than with literature.

2016 51

25 Pairs of Compound Nouns and Verb Phrases Ending in “Out”

Daily Writing Tips

Numerous idioms ending with the word out exist, but only a select group serve (in open form) both as verb phrases and (in hyphenated or closed form) as compound nouns; “tune out,” for example, describes the act of ignoring sensory stimuli, but one does not refer to a tune-out as an instance of such behavior, though one can, for example, either bail out or experience a bailout.

2016 51

Your Own Construction Company is Possible through Franchising

Small Business CEO

If you’ve ever caught yourself admiring some type of construction work–whether it be vinyl siding, paint, carpet, whatever–you may also find yourself thinking of doing that type of work as a career, especially if your current employment is stagnant, unfulfilling, or insecure. The fact that you are inspired by the work of others shows that you have a heart for the trade.

2016 57

How to Select the Correct Commercial Law Firm for your Business

Small Business CEO

Hiring the correct commercial firm to take care of your legal interests is crucial to any successful business. There are a variety of commercial lawyers in your region , each offering different sizes, specialities and experience. This guide will help you choose the best commercial law firm for your business interests and needs. Look for firms with experience within your commercial sector.

2016 57

Why You Can’t Afford to Make the Wrong Hire

Small Business CEO

Hiring the wrong person for the job is a costly mistake in more ways than one. According to a study conducted by the recruiting industry, the true cost of onboarding an employee at the middle management level is $240,000. That is when everything goes well and the new hire is a good fit for the job. When he or she has the external qualifications but fails to be a good fit, that cost increases to $840,000.

2016 57

The Role Public Liability Plays in Protecting Your Business

Small Business CEO

From a business perspective, most business owners and company heads are familiar with professional insurance for their contracting or professional work, otherwise known as errors and omissions coverage. However, the risk of public liability is also present for the average company, and can bankrupt a good business with one or two bad lawsuits. Public liability: What you need to know.

2016 57

The Link Between Branding and Social Media

Small Business CEO

We’ve talked before about the use of promotional products in your branding efforts. Today we’re going to explore ways to improve your social media presence to better reflect your brand and engage your audience. Because in 2016, if your company or idea isn’t represented on social media, you will have a much harder time finding success. photo credit: Geekia / Flickr. This isn’t just a tagline or one of those “buzz phrases.” It is the truth.

Stop Profit Shrinkage: Small and Sneaky Ways Your Business is Losing Big Money

Small Business CEO

There are more ways to lose money in business than to make money. In fact, if you’ve been in business for any length of time, you know this adage can ring very true. Here are a few mistakes that have killed even successful businesses. Too Many Meetings. The 1980s called — they want their meetings back. If you spend more time in meetings than you do making sales, then your business is in trouble.

2016 56

3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Content Marketing Results

Small Business CEO

It’s common for clients and in-house content marketers to shift their focus and retool their strategy after the initial launch. Managing SEO, inbound links, and social traffic is a learning experience, and many realize that their goals have changed. photo credit: Geoffrey Wiseman / Flickr. Unfortunately, changing your plans can get expensive when it’s not done right. Here are a few ways to improve your content marketing to meet your goals, without driving your budget into the ground.

2016 56