August 21, 2017

What Drives You Crazy in the Office?

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I would say my number one beef would be too many meetings! I hate meetings especially when they run too long. Then I would say people in meetings who leave their audible alerts on on smart phones, all that pinging and buzzing very distracting. Actually, this drives me crazy in social situations as … [Read more...]

Why Do You Need Plants in the Office?

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Studies have shown that live plants in the work space aid employee productivity, aid in concentration, and increase staff well being and morale by up to 47%. (Source TNO Quality of Life Study) Real Plants in a classroom can boost the learning potential for students, according to the … [Read more...]

Working in a Coffee Shop or Co-working

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I was in a Gilbert, AZ coffee shops the other day waiting for my latte and noticed a lot of people on their lap tops, mobile devices etc. working away. Despite the distractions crying babies, energetic toddlers and yappy customer these people were trying to work. The coffee and free WiFi were not … [Read more...]

How to Defuse Tension in the Office

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Situation 1: Jeff and Maria are co-workers at a company that lets employees set their own hours. Jeff usually saunters into the office about 10 a.m., while Maria is there promptly at 9 a.m. She often has to take care of Jeff's customers due to his lateness. He rationalizes that all is OK because he … [Read more...]

Social Media Burnout

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I don’t know about you, but I have a case of SOME-BO (Social Media Burnout). Between Google Alerts, Twitter, Facebook, LInked In, Branch-out, Buzz, Google+, Klout, Digg, Stumbleupon, AddThis, Redditt… all the forums, email… I login 7 days a week and usually post something somewhere. I know … [Read more...]

Fear of Selling

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Don't let fear stifle your sales potential. Here's how to keep eight common phobias from holding you back Fear is one of the most powerful human emotions. Its grip is strong and persuasive. To be a successful sales pro in any industry, learn to identify and tame your fears, instead of letting … [Read more...]

Turn Stress into Success in the Office

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We all have stress and sometimes the pressure gets to the point that you think you might explode. This is not an unusual emotion for professionals not just in the office but anywhere in life.  The conflicts and stress of watching out for employees and assisting management can be overwhelming.Add … [Read more...]

Office Leadership Lessons from Celebrity Apprentice

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I don’t know if any of you watch any of the Apprentice series with Donald Trump. The last season was the Celebrity Apprentice (you can watch for free on Hulu.com). There are so many lessons to be learned. In fact, I would even recommend watching at an office staff meeting and have an open discussion … [Read more...]

How To Manage Rude Clients In the Office Environment

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Fortunately, with the fantastic client mix we have here at Islands Executive Suites I rarely encounter a rude client  However, I have always believed in ‘you can catch more flies with honey’ philosophy , and it has worked in my favor more times than I can count. One thing that always ticks me off is … [Read more...]

Change is Not Always Difficult

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This is relevant whether you are in a small mom and pop office or large business.  In corporate life, at least, change is not only the ‘only constant’ but it is also frequently a thorn in one’s side! You know that it is necessary, but how are you going to get people to go along with it and welcome … [Read more...]