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  Day in the Life of an Office Manager
We have day in the life interviews. This time we have the actual day in the life of an office manager and the tasks that are handled though out the day. Though we all know, no two days are the same, you can compare how your day matches up to one office manager's day.


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  Why Is "Why" So Powerful?
Why is "why" so powerful?

Because it allows us to understand the world and inevitably identify root causes of issues and problems. Without the answer to "why" we cannot hope to discover the "how's, when's, where and what's."

George Stalk, from the Boston Consulting Group, in an article in the Globe and Mail (link is below) points out that too often people stop the questions because the norm is to accept and move on. To fix what is obvious and not spend time on delving too deeply into an issue to find a root cause


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  Do You Work With a Queen Bee in Your Office?
I love this term - Queen Bee! It's used to describe an 'alpha woman' who does not want any female competition swarming around her! Essentially, The Queen Bee describes a woman - in a position of authority - who uses that power to preserve their territory.

Can you relate to any of these situations?
  • A senior female distances herself from you
  • Is unwilling to take your calls,
  • Will not build any kind of working relationship with you
  • Refuses to help you rise through the ranks?
Then yes, you are experiencing the classic 'Queen Bee' Syndrom..


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  Tips for Sitting at the Computer to Reduce  Pain
Long hours at the computer require our bodies to be in a position they just were not meant to be in, especially for several hours a day. Unfortunately this is a reality for many people in their daily occupation, and can lead to chronic neck, back and shoulder discomfort. Though this position may be unavoidable, there are some ways to minimize the discomfort and burden sitting at a computer all day places on our bodies. Some of these tips include:


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  5 Ways Your Voice May Be Sabotaging You
Some years ago, Barbara Walters interviewed Kathleen Turner, commenting on Turner's "low, wonderful voice." The actress responded that she could not understand how a woman could spend thousands of dollars on her clothing, hair, and makeup and not spend some of that money on her voice, as she imitated a whiny, nasal sound in the process.


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  Asking My Boss For More Money: The Power Of 3
I'm very proud of coming up with this pay raise program. It is a simple system, yet powerful! The effect of using the Power of 3 System is that it adds fire power to your pay raise meeting with your boss, while setting the basis for the discussion with a home run.

This concept is very powerful and is meant to overwhelm your boss in a positive sense. It is intended to demonstrate how valuable you are to the department and firm.

Here is how it works. You'll neatly print 3 lists on separate sheets of paper.


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  That Morning Alarm Clock
That alarm buzzing on your head. Telling you to wake up and smell the coffee! It's time to go to work!

Here's what happens when your mind hears that alarm:
- Your brain starts to generate stress and a mixture of frustration, telling you it's either too early to go to work, or too late, and calling in sick.
- You keep thinking of what to tell your boss, what excuse can you give him, and is it going to fly or not.
- Your mind is saying to you "Oh my god. I'm going to that lousy job. Meet with psycho boss. Travelling to work for more than an hour, in that traffic, in that summer heat... ". Frustration builds up, adding up some stress and exhaustion...


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  Grief in the Workplace
The workplace is like your second family to many people. Let's face it, some people spend more time at work than with their immediate families!

The effects of grief from the loss of a loved one has a bigger effect on the workplace than might be imagined. The Baby boomer generation will be experiencing significant losses for the next several decades. They will spend countless hours on eldercare and then deal with the death of their parents. These losses and grief will his this generation like a tidal wave.


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