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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 8:21 pm on September 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Don’t Stifle Creativity 

    Creativity should be one of the many things at the heart of your organization. Running a business or starting one needs creativity. You can turn your creativity into a product, service or operation. You can use creativity to improve on your products, services, work or operations.Consulting Services OF Clerical Business Solutions

    Creativity should be what you or your team rely on to be better than you ever were before. The creative process is an ongoing exercise. If you or your team are not creative enough, get training in this area. These skills can be learned, developed and practiced with the right training. But of all things don’t stifle creativity within your organization. That’s the worst thing for cohesiveness, collaboration & success in any company.

    You can agree to disagree and you can discuss things. But don’t shoot an idea down until you or your team have had plenty of time to think things through and look at a particular idea from all angles. Then make a judgment call as in whether to go forward with it or not.

    In being more creative improve your focus. Develop a laser focus on one idea or a select few at a time. A bad thing for creativity is being overwhelmed with too many ideas at once. Weigh your options, the pros & cons, organize, prioritize  and do a S.W.O.T analysis.

    In S.W.O.T, figure out your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. If you utilize this with with more creative thinking techniques it can help to keep you from feeling overwhelmed. Feeling overwhelmed with info can make anyone frustrated. So you have to calm down and take a different approach.

    If your focus is weak then the results will be weak or useless. The ability to direct your focus is an art. Creative work is the result of clarity and the expansion of focused intent.

    Sometimes looking at an idea from different angles can involve lateral thinking. Lateral thinking can spark creativity & improve other thinking skills. Lateral thinkers can change perceptions then come up with new concepts and ideas. Strategic Planning Services OF Clerical Business Solutions

    Lateral thinking involves the examination of a problem and its possible solutions from all angles. Many times you may get stuck and just feel like you’re not that creative. Sometimes that stems from being stuck in a habitual mode of thinking. Thinking in the same old way of doing things.Your same old thinking styles become automatic as the years go by. Sometimes you have to change old habits to develop new ideas.

    As a CEO, co-worker or manager be open to new ideas and give credit where credit is due. That may seem like a hard task for many, but not acknowledging where the creative ideas or solutions come from can create problems.

    Many times having an adequate solution to a problem may not be the best. With adequate ideas, figure out how to make them better. You need the best creative ideas. Many times the adequate stifles the best. When people have an “OK” solution or idea, they just stop right there and don’t go any further because of doubt. Sometimes you have to move past doubt to be more creative and move forward.

  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 8:26 pm on August 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    MBO: Management By Objectives And You 

    MBO has changed a lot over the yrs and it’s a good approach to management. It may look simple at first, but it requires experience and skill to make it work effectively. When you prepare goals on observable, measurable terms,Clerical Business Solutions~Virtual Assistant & Business Strategy Consulting then the goals become objectives. Then the objectives become the stated measurable targets of how to achieve business aims.

    They help to give the business a clearly defined target. For example, you could say that XYZ corporation wants to achieve 3 million in asian markets by 2015.

    MBO is focused on accomplishment of company objectives, it stresses achieving results with planning as the dominant function; like plan your work & work your plan. It does take patients, organization, work, follow-through & tracking to be successful.

    When implementing mbo, start with yourself.  Have yourself in check before correcting others. Know what to do, how to do it & get it done. Self control is a tool for effectiveness.  Better self management of your time, establish prioritizes by putting first things first, such as the work & decisions that you can handle. Leverage the resources of others by delegating & outsourcing non-core functions to a Virtual Assistant.

    Management by objectives can be utilized in a business to help focus on goal planning, moving an organization forward & improving your business culture. It may not be so outdated as some like to think. Dealing with the complexities of business management is inevitable.

    Strive to do better than your current contribution, be able to adapt to change. build on opportunities to enhance your abilities and performance further.

    There are pros and cons to mbo as well as challenges and benefits.  Among some organizations it’s become a fad; they try it, drop it then move on to the next “big” thing. A performance improvement program can contribute to the overall business performance, which can help with mbo.

    To utilize mbo effectively, managers need to identify and set objectives both for themselves, their units, and their organizations. When writing business objectives; do it the S.M.A.R.T way:

    Specific – state exactly what is to be achieved.

    Measurable – what gets measured, gets done. An objective should be measurable; like being able to track what you’ve done so far to see if you’re moving in the right direction.

    Achievable – the objective should be realistic given the circumstances in which it is set and the resources available to the business.

    Relevant – objectives should be relevant to the people responsible for achieving them

    Time Bound – have realistic time-frames/ deadlines in mind and written.

    When you set a clear objective, you and/ or others are able to focus attention and energy on a concrete aim, anything from a small task to a career ambition. No matter how small or large the objective is, ensure that the decisions you make and the activities you undertake all support the achievement of your chosen goal.

    MBO programs should include commitment and participation in the process at all levels, from top management to the lowest position in the organization.~Clerical Business Solutions

  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 3:08 pm on September 13, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    Virtual Assistants vs. Virtual Staffing Companies 

    Do Virtual Assistant Staffing Agencies help or hurt the Virtual Assistant Industry?  Well… yes and no. There are some good and bad Virtual Assistant Staffing Agencies that aren’t a good look for the Virtual Assistant Industry. Because of a few bad companies some clients get burned by them and may form a bad opinion about the entire Virtual Assistant Industry. When that happens some good and potiential clients may not give a second thought to trying a professional independent Virtual Assistant company.

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    Some staffing companies promote their workers as being able to do everything in the world. In reality no one person or company can do everything in the world, providing every service. Thats like an accountant trying to be a nurse, doctor, and run a business. When they promote their VA’s as being able to accomplish every tasks then you have to wonder, how true is this. The employees of some of these staffing agencies have been known to not do the work, produce substandard work or half way complete assignments.

    Through a staffing company, the clients are handed to the employee. Some staffing companies promote how cheap their services are, which are from $8 -$15 an hour some are as low as $ 5.00 an hour. Cheap doesn’t always mean a bargain. But with a professional independent Virtual Assistant many of them work hard for their clients. They have invested time and energy in their clients business or projects. The success of a clients business is their success. When their clients succeed they succeed.

    Like I stated in my other post ” On The Rise To The Top & Counting!” the Vitual Assistant industry is growing by leaps & bounds and people are learning about it everyday. Once you learn about a professional Virtual Assistant then you learn the value of contracting and doing business with one. The good name of professional Virtual Assistants is being damaged by some of the bad virtual staffing agencies. Some of them have inexperienced workers sometimes inexperience can lead to substandard work.

    In the end you get what you pay for. Some of these staffing agencies have cheap prices that they try to pass off as a bargain. Their cheap prices are appealing & tempting to prospective clients. As you can see there is a big difference between professional Virtual Assistants and virtual staffing companies.

    When you learn about a professional Virtual Assistant then you learn what they are, their value & benefit to your company or projects, what should you should & shouldn’t expect from them.

    Professional Virtual Assistants don’t promote themselves as being able to do everything in the world. If you find one that does then that may be misleading or it could be true. You can decide what’s best for you.

    That’s why there are so many Virtual Assistants because alot of them have a niche, specific services and/or similar services. No one person or company can be all things to all people. Professional Virtual Assistants have a variety of skills and services.

    Dirt cheap assistance ends up costing the customer more in the long run. Some staffing companies try to get the clients to spend more money. But with a professional Virtual Assistant they don’t coax you into spending more money. You decide what services to purchase, how often and when.

    Virtual Assistants are independent business owners or a Multi-VA practice that provide administrative assistance and other business services to business owners, individuals and professionals.  Workers at virtual staffing agencies are remote workers, freelancers & employees, there’s a big difference. A note to Virtual Assistants: make sure that you know your skills and know them well when you promote your business.


    • Darrell Williams - Right-Hand-Man Virtual Assistant Services 2:34 pm on September 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I just wanted to make a distinction between Multi-VA practices and virtual staffing agencies. A Multi-VA practice is a team of virtual assistants. They either work together on projects or the team member that has the most experience and skills in the area of the project completes the project.

      Usually the rates are the same as other VAs. Utilizing a Multi-VA team means that there is always an expert available to you for whatever tasks you need completed.

      • Clerical Business Solutions 3:13 pm on September 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Darrell,

        That’s good that you point that out because many business owners or professionals need to know that when deciding on which method to use such as a multi-va practice or a freelance agency.

        Clerical Business Solutions
        Business Strategy Consulting & Virtual Assistant
        Renee~Business Consultant & Virtual Assistant

    • Richard 9:31 am on October 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

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      • Clerical Business Solutions 10:20 am on October 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Richard,

        Thanks for visiting, glad that you found it informative

        Clerical Business Solutions
        Business Strategy Consulting & Virtual Assistance
        Renee~Business Strategist & VA

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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 2:48 pm on September 13, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    Resumes & Curriculum Vitae(C V ) 

    If you are writing a resume it isn’t exactly a speedy process. First you got to do the brainstorming. Second you have to write then rewrite your educational and work histories until your resume perfectly boasts about your background. Plus there’s all that proofreading.

    First let’s start off with:

    Curriculum Vitae, ( C V )

    Curriculum Vitae is also know as a “C V”, which is latin for “course of ones life.”  A Curriculum Vitae is a longer version of a resume, it’s more detailed than a regular resume. It has several pages sometimes 7–10 pages long because of all the detailed information that must be included. It is a very detailed list of your educational and academic backgrounds which include jobs, teaching experiences, education, research experiences, publications, presentations, awards, honors, affiliations and other details.

    In the United States a “C V “ is mainly used when applying for international (education, employment, overseas U.S. government opportunities, internships etc..). It’s also used in American academic/ education/ research/ scientific positions, fellowships, government positions or grants. As with a resume, you made need different versions of a ” C V “ when applying for different positions. If you are applying for jobs/ positions or education outside of the United States expect to send a “C V” instead of a resume.


    Your resume may have taken you hours or days to ponder over and then write. A Resume is a summary of your background & skills.  A hiring manager will typically spend less than one minute reviewing it after all the hard work that you put into it.  

    If your resume has any obvious errors, employers will not hesitate to delete it.  There are several basic types of resumes used to apply for job openings. Depending on your personal circumstances choose a chronological, functional, combination, electronic or targeted resume.

    Some may even say that paper resumes are a thing of the past. With so much correspondence conducted through the internet and text messages, mailing an actual paper resume may seem passe’.

    You can’t doubt that advancing technology has made daily activities like paying bills, shopping and research fast, easy and convenient. With the plethora of online job search sites that let you upload or email resumes, applying to jobs is no exception to this rule.  When it comes to submitting applications the most convenient method isn’t always the best. There is still a need for paper resumes.

    Paper resumes may be underutilized and that doesn’t mean that they are irrelevant in todays high-tech world. Anyway that you can stand out as a job seeker you should. If some people are sending email then you send paper. A paper resume is more portable than electronic resumes and in some cases it may be easier to read. 

    Submitting a paper resume reduces formating errors that can happen with electronic resumes. You can send paper and electronic resumes when applying for jobs.  Some companies prefer the old fashion way of finding employees.  If you come across a job listing that doesn’t have an email listed then paper is the way to go.  Some companies don’t list an email address because they want it sent the old fashion way through the mail.

    • Matt 3:22 pm on April 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting post…I’ve always seen “C.V.” before, but never knew what it stood for! 🙂 I also came across this helpful video series about resumes & cover letters: http://www.monkeysee.com/play/3738-how-has-resume-writing-changed-in-the-past-10-years

      Anyway, thanks for the helpful information!


      • Clerical Business Solutions 4:58 pm on April 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Matt,

        Thanks, I hope that you found it to be helpful and informative. You are not alone, many people still don’t know about C V’s and how useful this document can be.

        Many people don’t how to properly write a resume or CV. It takes some skill and practice to correctly put your information on paper. It is highly important to get it correct for employers or others to see. The way that you present your resume or CV says a lot.

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