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Lynsey Major Promoted to Senior Associate, Rights & International Sales

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Our brand new Senior Associate, Rights & International Sales, Lynsey Major!

We’re pleased as punch to let our readers know that Lynsey Major has been promoted to Senior Associate, Rights and International Sales.  Lynsey started at AMACOM in 2010, and was hired as an Associate the following year. In her new position, Lynsey will expand her role with select publishers and begin to negotiate translation agreements.

Congratulations Lynsey!

Related Posts:
Introducing AMACOM…Lynsey
Lynsey on How to Get  a Job in Publishing: Some Unofficial Advice
Lynsey on Preparing for the Frankfurt Book Fair

Tamara Myles on Three Simple Strategies for Balance

Photo of Tamara Myles, author of The Secret to Peak ProductivityThe following is a guest post from Tamara Myles, author of The Secret to Peak Productivity: A Simple Guide to Reaching Your Personal Best, about achieving work/life balance.

I recently spoke to a group of entrepreneurs about balancing work and family. It was a lively group of success-minded, driven individuals. And they all had one thing in common. They all feel like they are failing, or falling short on keeping work and life balanced equally on a scale.

I am often startled at how some experts preach a “having it all” approach to balance. In my experience, this just sets us up for feeling like we are failing, even when we have achieved high levels of success. For me, balance is about being present, making choices about what you are doing everyday, and not simply reacting to what the day throws at you.

Here are three strategies to help you achieve balance:

1. Decide to Have Balance
As simple as this sounds, the first step is to become aware of the choices you are making, and whether or not these choices are leading you to the balanced life you envision. Time management is really choice management. We all have 24 hours each day and how we choose to spend that time really has an impact on our quality of life. Work and family don’t just “balance” automatically. Achieving balance is an ongoing process and you have control. Take some time to set goals for the different areas of your life and make sure that the things you do every day are moving you towards these goals.

2. Organize Better
A 2006 survey by Esselte Corporation found that 43 percent of the Americans surveyed described themselves as disorganized, and 21 percent have missed crucial work deadlines. Nearly half say disorganization causes them to work late at least two to three times a week. Additionally, a study conducted by IKEA with over 600 consumers found that parents with an organized home office are at least twice as likely to spend time playing with their children than parents whose home offices are in disarray.

Managing clutter puts you in control and promotes focus and motivation. Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen, authors of YOU: On a Diet, claim that visual clutter slows down the brain. Clearing clutter from your desk, office and home and leaving more wide-open spaces will help clear your mind so it will be more productive.

3. Work Smarter, Not Harder
Working long hours causes stress and sometimes we find relief through procrastination and self-interruptions. If you are at the office for 10 hours, do you really work only six or seven hours? If you are searching for more family time, it might be found here.

Jacket image, The Secret to Peak Productivity by Tamara MylesEven when we are efficient in using our time, we may not be effective—we “do things right” but we don’t do the right things. Make sure you plan and schedule activities that move you toward your goals and always work on those first.

By following these three simple strategies you can ensure that you achieve the level of balance that is right for you.

Tamara Myles is a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®) and productivity consultant for individuals and corporate clients. You can connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

Random Quotes from New Books This February

Jacket image, The Innovative Sale by Mark DonnoloThe Innovative Sale: Unleash Your Creativity for Better Customer Solutions and Extraordinary Results by Mark Donnolo

“Procedural rules. These rules govern the supporting processes of the business. For the insurance company, they would include how the claims administration process works, and how they interface with their customers who make claims for property losses. Procedural rules could also include how the company operates its RFP process with vendors. While these rules are essential, they can also be broken carefully, if breaking them improves the company’s capabilities.” (page 52)

Jacket image, Leadership 2030 by Georg Vielmetter and Yvonne SellLeadership 2030: The Six Megatrends You Need to Understand to Lead Your Company into the Future by Georg Vielmetter and Yvonne Sell

“Leaders will be increasingly responsible for securing the corporate IT architecture. Unremitting digitization has triggered a rapid proliferation of the technologies and tools deployed in the workplace, giving rise to a “bring-your-own-device” (BYOD) culture that would have been unthinkable ten years ago. Unable to keep up wit the ever expanding range of smartphones and tablets on the market, companies are simply allowing employees to use their own gadgets for work purposes.” (page 93)

Jacket image, Leadership, by Brian TracyBrian Tracy Success Library, Leadership by Brian Tracy

“Leaders are experts at what I call extrapolatory thinking. They can accurately predict  what is going to happen in the future based on what is happening today.  They look at the current trends of what customers are buying today to decide what kinds of products and services those customers will be buying tomorrow.” (page 24)

Jacket Image, The Secret to Peak Productivity by Tamara MylesThe Secret to Peak Productivity: A Simple Guide to Reaching Your Personal Best by Tamara Myles

“Another way to talk about time management is as choice management. We Can’t manage time. Time happens. We all have the same amount of time. We can, however, manage our choices in relation to the time we have, what we choose to do with that time. In modern society, the increasing number of choices is having a big impact on our time. If you think about it, we have thousands of choices of things to do, own, dream about and we want them all. We all have more things on our to-do list than we have time to do them all.” (page 76)

Jacket image, Performance-Based Project Management by Glen B. AllemanPerformance-Based Project Management: Increasing the Probability of Project Success by Glen B. Alleman

“Planning is not the same as scheduling. Most projects start with scheduling and fail to plan. The plan tells us where we are going. It tells us when our capabilities are needed and in what order they are needed. Figure 4.5 shows the relationship between the plan and the schedule. The plan is a strategy for accomplishing some outcome. It describes where we are going, the various paths we can take to reach our destination, and the performance assessment points along the way to ensure that we are on the right path.” (page 108)

Jacket image, Powerful Phrases for Successful Interviews by Tony BesharaPowerful Phrases for Successful Interviews: Over 400 Ready-to-Use Words and Phrases That Will Get You the Job You Want by Tony Beshara

“In the presentation you made, you talked about each job that you either currently have or have had, your duties and responsibilities, and your successes. But you did it in a very broad, descriptive way. Now you are going to use the information that the interviewing or hiring authority is giving you and bring up examples in your current job or your previous jobs that specifically demonstrate your ability to do the job under consideration.” (page 56)

Want to sample other AMACOM books? Check out our Random Quotes from New Books series.

Andrea Kay at The Mayerson JCC (Cinncinnati)

Photo of Andrea Kay, author of This is How to Get Your Next  JobJVS Career Services and the Mayerson JCC will present Andrea Kay, career advisor, nationally syndicated columnist, and author of This Is How to Get Your Next Job: An Inside Look at What Employers Really Want.

Sunday, January 26
9:30 – 11 AM
8485 Ridge Road

Cincinnati, Ohio 45236 

Whether you’re changing careers, want to get along better at work, move up in your field or work less and enjoy life more…now you can get practical advice on the issues you face in your career and on the job. Andrea Kay is a professional career advisor, nationally syndicated columnist and author of six books, including Life’s a Bitch and then you Change Careers, and her latest, This is How to Get your Next Job.

Jacket image, This is How to Get Your Next Job by Andrea KayAndrea Kay is a career consultant and syndicated columnist who has helped tens of thousands of people find new jobs and take charge of their careers. She is the author of six books including Life’s a Bitch and then You Change Careers, and her syndicated column, “At Work” appears weekly in over 80 newspapers and countless websites, including the online edition of USA Today. She’s been interviewed in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Money, Kiplinger Personal Finance, Redbook, and on radio and TV across the U.S.

Podcast: Kimberly Palmer on Cultivating Your Side Business

Photo of Kimberly Palmer, author of The Economy of YouThe Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life author Kimberly Palmer recently chatted with the American Management Association Edgewise Podcast about navigating full-time employment while running a side-business.

The internet has made it easier than ever to have a side business: a craft shop on Etsy, freelance design work, social media consultant, etc. But with all the horror stories about jobs lost because of a social media presence, some people are scared to start a side gig, afraid of angering their main employer. Kimberly Palmer, author of the AMACOM book The Economy of You, says that you don’t have to be afraid. In fact, a lot of employers enthusiastically welcome side businesses as an opportunity for their employers to learn, grow, and bring more skills back to the workplace.

Jacket image, The Economy of You by Kimberly PalmerListen to Kimberly Palmer’s AMA Edgewise Podcast.

Kimberly Palmer is senior editor and personal finance columnist for U.S. News & World Report. She writes the popular Alpha Consumer blog and is the author of a series of financial guides, Palmer’s Planners, sold through her Etsy shop.

Listen to more interviews with AMACOM authors on the AMA Edgewise Podcast.