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By Curt Frye | Thursday, November 20, 2014

Set Up Worksheets Faster with Excel Flash Fill — and More

Excel Flash Fill and other tools make data entry easier

Setting up worksheets often means entering long strings of data, such as row numbers or dates, to create a framework for your data. This work can be repetitive and boring. What’s worse, it takes time away from analysis.

Let me show you how to make it go faster—with Excel Flash Fill, fill handle, and more.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, November 19, 2014

If Your Team Hates Change ... Then You're Doing It Wrong

leading through change doesn't have to be painful

Everyone says that people don’t like change. While it’s true that some people are more open to change than others, it’s neither accurate nor useful to assert that people in general resist change.

Here’s the truth: People hate bad change.

By Alicia Katz Pollock | Monday, November 17, 2014

Tips for Managing Your Credit Cards in QuickBooks

Managing your credit cards in QuickBooks

 

When I train people to use QuickBooks, I come across many “creative” ways of managing credit cards. If you don’t use QuickBooks’ tools properly, it limits your reporting in many ways.

Here are some of the best practices I recommend.

By Jess Stratton | Friday, November 14, 2014

Virtually Together: 5 Ways to Connect with Your Family Digitally

A video chat is a great way to connect with far-away friends

‘Tis the season for connecting with loved ones. And if you can’t connect physically with your family and friends over the next few weeks, there are plenty of options for you to do the next best thing: Connect virtually.

Whether you’re across town or halfway around the globe, here are some ways to make your world a little smaller and bring loved ones closer to you.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Are You a Creator — or an Innovator?

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In this week’s Management Tips, I tackle a very common mistake: thinking that creativity and innovation are the same thing. They are not. They are related and complementary.

Understanding how they differ — and whether you’re a creator or an innovator — will give you more peace, clarity, and understanding about your role at work.

By Doug Winnie | Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review: The Microsoft Band Fitness Tracker and Smart Watch

The Microsoft Band has a lot of cool features.

Microsoft recently released the Microsoft Band, a fitness tracker and smart watch device. What makes it unique in a crowded and growing market for digital lifestyle wearables?

The Band has some impressive features, but comes with some bulk and awkwardness in fit. Let’s take a look.

By Bob McGannon | Monday, November 10, 2014

Surprise! You're a Project Manager ... Now What?

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Project management is often called the “accidental profession.” It goes like this: You’ve demonstrated good organizational and communication skills, and management has recognized this. So they suddenly bestow a new title upon you: Project Manager!

Don’t panic. Here are seven tips to help you through your surprise assignment as a project manager.

By Nick Brazzi | Friday, November 07, 2014

Office for iPhone: What You Need to Know

office for iphone is here

This week, Microsoft released an update to the Office for iPad apps and brand new Office for iPhone apps. The main attraction with these new apps is a pair of features that Microsoft has clearly targeted with laser focus.

For the first time, most features of the Office apps—both on iPad and iPhone—are completely free. And Dropbox support has been added, giving users more options for cloud-based storage.

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