Tips for Working with a Virtual Personal Assistant

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In today’s fast-paced business environment, with more virtual offices and freelance workers, virtual personal assistants have become increasingly common. Here are some tips for working with a virtual personal assistant. Know how you are competing for time. Many virtual personal assistants work for multiple people in a freelance role. As such, ask interview questions that…
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Selecting Your Administrative Assistant: Interview Tips

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Administrative assistants are sometimes the first faces that customers and important stakeholders see. They may answer your phones, set up meetings and screen incoming information. On the other hand, other administrative assistants may be more back-office focused, interacting with few people, but engaging in the detailed work of file system administration and management. The interview…
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Celebrating Administrative Professionals’ Day

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Administrative Professionals’ Day is a good opportunity to thank the people who provide you with administrative support.  Below are some factors to consider in celebrating the day: Does your administrative assistant want public acknowledgement? In today’s world of professionalized skill, not all administrative staff like to be characterized as “administrative.” To them, it may hark…
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Writing to Be Read

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Here’s an activity to celebrate National Reading Month: practice your own writing!  When we think about speed reading exercises, we often think about our role as a reader. In this article, we review writing tips that will help others speed read what we write! Headings and Bullets. In today’s information packed world, we write for…
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Read with Speed: Celebrating National Reading Month

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National Reading Month is a great time to reflect on your reading habits. Try these speed reading exercises to help you on your way: Skim with Purpose, Review your Understanding. Want to assess your speed reading ability? Start a timer, and then pick a chapter in a book and read it normally. Jot down the…
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Three Management Success Books

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Looking for some good management books for National Reading Month? Here are three that have been around a while but remain timeless in their insights. “The Goal” by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox (North River Press; 30th Anniversary Edition; 2014). Who thought an operations management book could be such a great novel, and that…
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Great Team Building Icebreakers

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Sometimes, a team doesn’t need or isn’t quite ready for an in-depth set of team building activities.  Maybe it’s a team that is just forming after reorganization, or maybe it’s a team of individual contributors and teamwork is less essential to success. In these cases, team building icebreakers can be a great start. Consider some…
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Selecting Team Building Activities: Maximizing the Benefits

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Many managers are interested in realizing the benefits of team building, but aren’t sure where to start in selecting team building activities. Here are some questions to ask when selecting effective activities for your team: Is there a clear learning point? Effective teambuilding activities are designed to highlight and develop specific elements of teamwork, such…
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Organizing Desks in the Age of Mobility

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Today’s work office is changing, and with it, comes a change in how we organize our workspaces. People may split time between a work office and a home office for telework. Others may work in “hoteling” spaces, moving from desk to desk daily. Others work in client spaces that periodically change; and still others are…
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