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6 Ways for Administrative Professionals to Become Better Connectors

Nancy D. O’Reilly’s new book, ‘Lead­­­ing Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leader­­­ship, Business and Life,’ talks about how the future of business is all about connecting. We connected with O’Reilly recently to learn how the advice in her book applies to administrative professionals, and she told us connecting is an important part of their work.

Because admin professionals in­­ter­­act with so many people, they have opportunities to make connections every day, she explains. One of the best ways to do that: Ask people how they got to where they are and the lessons they have learned. “Peo­­ple do like to tell their story. The lessons they learned and share with you can create positive relationships.”

O’Reilly also recommends finding a mentor. Approach someone you’d like to learn from and tell her you’d like to find out more about how she got where she is. People are generally positive about providing help when asked, and making that connection can help you learn new skills and create new opportunities, O’Reilly says.

Visit http://ow.ly/Q8xf9 for more tips for connecting from O’Reilly.
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11 Tricky Words Easily Misspelled

When your emails, presentations, re­­ports and the like are filled with misspelled words, you undermine your credibility and intelligence. With some extra proofing you can avoid that problem. Here are 11 commonly misspelled words to watch out for:

1. Tomorrow. Often misspelled as “tommorrow” or “tommorow.”

2. Truly. People often wrongly insert the “e,” as in “truely.”

3. Accommodate. Often misspelled as “acommodate” or “accomodate.”

Visit for http://ow.ly/QbMyR for eight more tricky words that are frequently misspelled.
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Summer Annoyances … Flies, Mosquitoes, the DOL and EEOC

It’s summer, that wonderful time of year when everything slows down, including the pace of business. As the days get longer, work hours get shorter and employee productivity tends to decline. 

Apparently, our bureaucratic friends in Washington didn’t get the memo. Even just since the fireworks cooled down, federal agencies have cranked out a series of important actions with major implications for HR and the workplace. If you’ve been stuck in summer mode, here is a trifecta of big headlines from the past two weeks: http://ow.ly/Q0aPv.
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What We Value Most When We Consider Job Satisfaction

Aretha Franklin said it best: “All I’m asking is for a little respect.”

When employees think about what makes for satisfying work, respectful treatment of all employees at all levels was rated “very important” by 72% of those polled for a recent Society for Human Resource Management study.

Respect ranked highest of all, well ahead of pay, benefits, job security and other material aspects of work that might be expected to rate highly.

In fact, it’s the intangible workers value most. Trust—the flip side of the respect coin—ranked second in the SHRM poll: http://ow.ly/PTKdK.
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The Deeply Uncomfortable Questions Fearless Leaders Ask Themselves

We hope you’re having a great Be a Better Leader Week! The fourth building block of leadership is Integrity ...

You want everything that comes with making it big in the workplace? That includes asking questions that make a lot of people nervous. However, it’s what helps true leaders stay grounded and on the right path that they always imagined for themselves.

Today’s giveaway is a list of uncomfortable — but extremely important — questions great leaders ask themselves to continue to effectively motivate their employees and build their businesses.

Download this list at http://bit.ly/BABLWIntegrityGP and ask yourself each of these questions whether you want to or not. And no one else but you can tell you what the right answers are!
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The Complete Leader Makeover: Get Them to See Greatness, Not Just a Title

We hope you’re enjoying Be a Better Leader Week! As many of you know, we’re giving away free resources each day this week to help you build your influence and become the best leader you can be. The second building block of leadership is Image ...

Today’s giveaway is a resource to help you shape your image into an effective, well-liked leader, instead of simply being viewed as an arrogant authority figure by the people you lead.

This handy tool will help you examine yourself from head to toe, stem to stern, and give you a nine-point leadership tune-up to shape your image into something a little more impactful than the job title etched on your door.

Download ‘The complete leader makeover: Get them to see greatness, not just a title’ at http://bit.ly/BABLWImageGP.

Also, be sure to take advantage of the 25% discount we’re offering on one of our most popular guides, ‘The Manager's Handbook: 104 Solutions to Your Everyday Workplace Problems.’ This is the best resource for help with your everyday management issues. A resource with no lofty theories ... no buzzwords ... just practical advice that helps you get the job done while staying out of legal trouble. Get your copy at http://bit.ly/ManagersHandbookSM.
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5 Office Etiquettes for a Casual Office

Even if your workplace has a re­­laxed environment, office etiquette is still important, Jason Kulpa, CEO of Underground Elephant, writes for Mashable. Here are the office rules he thinks are the most important.

1. Understand your company. Be­­fore you interview for a job, research the company well to come prepared with relevant questions.

2. Be real. Express authenticity to everyone you meet. People appreciate humor and individuality in the workplace.

Visit http://ow.ly/Qf3zv to see the other three office etiquettes for a casual office.
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Your Survival Guide to Conflict in the Workplace

Disputes between employees are inevitable. But if left unresolved, they can disrupt productivity, sap morale and even cause some good employees to quit … 

Fortunately, we've put together a "workplace survival" guide to help you manage employee conflict and improve office communication, your workplace environment and team productivity. 

With ‘Workplace Conflict Resolution’ at http://bit.ly/WorkplaceConflictGP, you'll learn how to resolve workplace conflict on everything from refereeing staff rivalries to dealing with a boss who's throwing more than just a temper tantrum to managing co-worker resentment when you get a promotion. 

Just a few of the many helpful topics this FREE guide covers: 

• 3 tips to mediate workplace disputes 
• Team conflict resolution: Knowing when to referee 
• How to avoid being swayed by office politics 
• 6 steps for managing 'difficult' employees 
• Q&A for dealing with difficult co-workers — and bosses. 

Don't allow workplace conflict to slow down the success of your organization. Let ‘Workplace Conflict Resolution’ at http://bit.ly/WorkplaceConflictGP give you the tips and insight you need to mediate disputes and help your employees get along at work.
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Workplace Inferno: A Manager’s 9 Circles of Hell

Managing employees is not as easy as it looks. Although some suave and seasoned supervisors make it look not only easy, but fun and fulfilling.

But the truth is, there are few who do it well enough (1 in 10 according to Gallup) to where they are significantly boosting their organization’s overall performance.

So where does that leave most bosses? Some drop out, others are tossed out, most are adequate and muddle through, but all go through a certain amount of hell, whether it’s internal or external.

Here is a look at the heat that lies beneath the surface of that cool management job you just landed.

Without further ado, take Virgil’s hand and descend into the nine circles of management hell: http://ow.ly/PXvQX.
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The Top 12 Songs That Inspire and Motivate

No doubt you have favorite songs that help you start your day, give you that extra shove to try something new, tell someone off, or just console you after a letdown.

And oddly, it’s not the whole song that does it. It’s that magical line or two that speaks to you personally at just the right moment. At times an oasis, other times a ledge, the words are comforting, exhilarating, poetically sage.

Here are the top 12 songs for inspiration and motivation, and the jewels that lie within them: http://ow.ly/PQzJx.
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10 Leadership Quotes You’ve Never Heard Before

We hope you had a wonderful Be a Better Leader Week! The fifth and final building block of leadership is Inspiration …

Inspiring quotes are everywhere—on t-shirts, coffee mugs, Twitter. The problem is, you’ve seen them all a million times and your emotions just aren’t stirred.

Fortunately, today’s resource is a quote poster with inspiring leadership quotes we know have never rung in your ears. And you can be the first person to use them to inspire others!

Get it now here: http://bit.ly/BABLWInspirationGP.
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Brainstorming for True Creative Gladiators

We hope you’re having a great Be a Better Leader Week! The third building block of leadership is Innovation ...

Leaders innovate—not necessarily by inventing a car that runs on almond milk or coining an acronym that ends up on CNN, but by getting people to see things in a new way. Brilliant ideas don’t always come easily though, and the process of empowering employees to think of great, new ideas is sometimes long and difficult.

Fortunately, today’s giveaway is a tip grid to help you lead your team in effective brainstorming and help your staff come up with amazing ideas that produce REAL results in your workplace. This resource will show you what you need to do to get your team focused on brainstorming — without all of the silly games and distractions that are frequently involved in brainstorming meetings.

Download this handy resource at http://bit.ly/BABLWInnovationGP, print it out and bring it to the next brainstorming meeting you schedule.
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