Admin to Admin

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An article by Kimberly’s Assistant A couple of weeks ago I attended a speaking engagement where my boss, Kimberly Medlock, was presenting to a large group of executive level administrative professionals. The title and message was “The SMARTER Steps for Administrative Assistants.” Knowing that I was Kimberly’s assistant, the attendees asked me to share my personal observations and […]

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Delegation is essential for growth

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If you are a manager, leader, business owner or parent, delegation is an essential – not optional – skill to practice.    You can’t grow, your business can’t grow, nor can the people on your team (or family) grow or mature if they aren’t given the instructions and authority to continually develop new skills and […]

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Overcoming Over-Commitment

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Many of us are just plain over-committed. Although there are a lot of deep and interesting reasons that people choose to take on too much, they generally tend to fall into one of three categories: Poor time management habits The fear of saying “no” to others The tendency towards control or perfectionism Beating the over-commitment […]

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Staying Focused and Saying Thanks

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Two more questions answered from the 4/26/12 live webcast call – “Getting It Done While Getting Along…Overcoming Your Co-Workers Poor Habits” for the AMA(American Management Association) turned out to be a very popular topic and call. Hundreds tuned in to listen and we received dozens of questions from the listeners. In an effort to address […]

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Getting It Done While Getting Along…Overcoming Your Co-Workers Poor Habits

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The 4/26/12 live webcast call – “Getting It Done While Getting Along…Overcoming Your Co-Workers Poor Habits” for the AMA(American Management Association) turned out to be a very popular topic and call. Hundreds tuned in to listen and we received dozens of questions from the listeners. In an effort to address as many of the questions […]

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Your Email Signature Could Be Costing You Business

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Your email signature may not have been something you have thought about much; however, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter. It does matter. It can actually matter a lot. I cringe every time I get an email from someone in business who has a bad email signature, and unfortunately, I see a lot of them. […]

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Want a Better Work-Life Balance?

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(Feel free to post your comments.) If you are among the half of Americans that make a New Year’s Resolution List, it is.  With complicated work, home and social expectations, information overload, kids on the go, and unhealthy lifestyles, etc., it is no wonder so many are feeling “out of balance.” When I coach others […]

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“There’s not enough time.”

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“There’s just not enough time.”  I hear that a lot and the fact is, there isn’t enough time to do everything you wish, think, could or feel you should do.  We live in a world of endless possibilities, opportunities, expectations, desires and temptations.  Throw in a little people-pleasing or perfectionist tendancies and yeap, sure enough you’ll never get it all done.  Moreover, when you live […]

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Family Random Acts of Kindness Day

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Random Acts of Kindness Ideas Our family has done this several times as a great way to spend a day together and to help bless and share with others (always being careful not to offend anyone when giving monetarily).  As parents, we would match the dollar amount that the kids wanted to share/give away of […]

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Ideas for a Simpler, Happier Holiday Season

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Another Holiday Season is upon us and sometimes it’s so easy to get distracted. We tend to lose our focus, we spend more money than we want to and the result is a less than ideal holiday. But this year can be different! Here are some Smarter ideas for a simpler, happier holiday season. Please […]

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Overcoming Over-Spending During the Holidays

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Decide on a total Christmas budget – including gifts, extra food items, décor, wrapping, postage, entertainment, etc. Make a list of people you want and/or plan to give a gift. (Make sure they are on your list for the right reason. 🙂  Also, keep in mind that a “gift” doesn’t have to be a purchased […]

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Overcoming Over-Commitment During the Holidays

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A few suggestions for a stress-free holiday season  What can you eliminate and/or simplify this year so that it truly is a time of celebration, thankfulness and joy? Think/reflect on past experiences and routines. What do you love the most? What do you dread the most? Ask others what they remember and/or love about your […]

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Ideas for “No”thing gifts. Gift ideas that make a difference – not clutter.

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Offer to babysit; watch someone’s kids for a day, evening or weekend. Cook and deliver a meal(s). Send a special consumable gift i.e.: Lobster-Gram, Corky’s BBQ, fruit, etc. Monthly delivery – wine of the month, pie of the month, etc. Online subscription – i.e.: audiobooks.com, XM Radio, etc. Plan and treat for a movie, lunch […]

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