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Expect To Have Problems In Your Career

Expect to have a wonderful idealist career all the time? If the answer is yes, then you are expecting too much.

This is not to say that you are destined to have an unhappy career. It does mean that your career has its ups and downs and it's all part of your journey to true career satisfaction.

Your career spans many years, and in some cases, 30, 40, 50 years or longer. Just because of the sheer number of years is indication that you will have problems at some point.

Problems are not always a bad thing. Often, they represent an opportunity for growth. It's important to note that problems rarely vanish on their own. Most problems disappear when you act. Then, as you learn how to effectively deal with them, the problems begin to fade away.

So How Do You Make Your Problems Fade Away? Follow These 4 Steps Below:

1) Face Your Problems
One of the hardest things we have to do in life is look at ourselves. Sometimes we like what we see in the mirror. Other times we wish there was someone else looking back at us. Facing yourself and the problems that are in front of you is very important. Until you face what is happening to you, or what you have brought on yourself, you cannot fix it.  It is easier to face a problem, than it is to avoid it. It might seem easier to ignore it, but it only gets worse when you do.

2) Expect To Find A Solution
I understand that problems are not fun and can take a toll on you. I also know that people give up when problems last too long or become overwhelming. Expectation plays a big role in making your problems go away. You get what you expect. If you expect that your problems will consume your life, then they will. If you expect that your problems will have a beginning, middle, and an end, then they will. If you expect to find a solution, then you will find one. What you expect happens and becomes your reality.

3) Break Your Problem Into Pieces
This way you will be less overwhelmed and fixing your problem will seem more doable. Although you want your problem to go away instantly, the truth is problem-solving is a process. Your goal is to tackle each piece of your problems, one at a time, consistently, until you no longer have that problem anymore.

4) Prepare For More Problems
Problems tell you something is wrong and not working. This is valuable information to have. Without a problem, would you work on making your career the best it could be? Or, would you continue doing the same thing forever? How can your career be great unless you keep working towards making it great? Problems keep you on your toes. They keep you sharp and they keep you moving towards the goals that are important to you.

So, what do you say? You only have one life to live, so it might as well be a life you love!

Deborah Brown-Volkman, PCC, is the President of Surpass Your Dreams, Inc. a successful career, life, and mentor coaching company that works with Senior Executives,  Vice Presidents, and Managers who are looking for new career opportunities or seek to become more productive  in their current role. She is the author of "Coach Yourself To A New Career", "Don't Blow It! The Right Words For The Right Job" and "How To Feel Great At Work Everyday."  Deborah can be reached at http://www.surpassyourdreams.com http://www.reinvent-your-career.com or at (631) 874-2877.
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Will Groupon Rent Virtual Office Space in Beijing?

Have you heard the news? Groupon just started a service in China with some major local investors.  Dubbed Gaopeng.com, Groupon is taking its daily deal coupon savvy to Beijing. Groupon already has a local platform in India, Israel and South Africa.

I wonder if Groupon is using a virtual office in Beijing? I was reading last week about how Groupon was doing job interviews in Beijing for the Gaopeng.com launch. Will those employees work from a virtual office in Beijing or will Groupon and its investors lease traditional office space? A virtual office makes more sense.

Davinci Virtual Office Solutions space offers three virtual offices in Beijing. There is one at the Hyundai Motor Tower, one at the Yintai Centre, and one at the China Resources Building. All three virtual offices in Beijing are impressive, but let’s take a look at the Hyundai Motor Tower at 38 Xiaoyun Road in the Chaoyang District.

You can rent a Beijing virtual office space at the Hyundai Motor Tower for as little as $70 a month. That’s a small price to pay for a big presence in Beijing. For that price, you get a prime business address, access to a business support center, mail and package receipt, lobby greeter, client drop off and pick up point, and more. You can also rent a conference room or day office on demand for an additional feel.

Looking for virtual office space outside Beijing? Davinci Virtual Office Solutions also offers virtual office space in Shenzhen, virtual office space in Tianjin, virtual office space in Guangzhou, virtual office space in Macau, and virtual office space in Shanghai.

Check out this quick video on Beijing:

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Alternative Workplace Strategy + Virtual Office = Smart Business

I ran across an interesting white paper on alternative workplace strategies. CoreNet Global’s Gagandeep Singh and Nadia Orawski penned it.

The premise is that over the last 20 years, business leaders have understood alternative workplace strategies as a combination of practices that blend the use of office space design, office use, technology and HR policies to get creative about how and where work is done.

CoreNet Global then offered four characteristics of what most alternative workplace strategies offer. Let’s review those briefly:

1. Efficiency and agility in the use of office space that is traditionally dedicated, expensive and mostly unoccupied, where we have seen as much as 50 percent improvement in asset performance and cost savings;

2. Mobile technology tools that allow for information access and collaboration on-demand anytime / anywhere enabling organizations and individuals to utilize the cost, life style and talent advantages of mobility and geography;

3. Flexibility and choice for workers to be productive from a variety of work settings that include corporate sites, customer locations, in transit, at home, etc. with supporting culture and policies that encourage ?results based performance? rather than time or presence based performance;

4. And a belief that the role of the “office” is to foster collaboration that will lead to innovation and speed, typically with a stronger focus on the team over the individual within the office environment.

Where does the virtual office space fit into this equation?

Well, it addresses the first point of office use efficiency. With a virtual office space, employees only go into the office as needed for meetings, which means they don’t need a dedicated space in the building, which means the company can rent less office space (though perhaps with larger meeting rooms).

On the mobile technology front, virtual office technologies have paved the way for anytime, anywhere meetings. Turning to the point about flexibility, the virtual office makes it possible to collaborate with employees from a home office, a coffee shop, or just about anywhere else with an Internet connection.

Can you see how virtual offices play a key role in the alternative workplace strategy? Davinci Virtual Office Solutions offers kudos to commercial real estate organizations like CoreNet Global that continue to do research into this growing trend.
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The Rise of Virtual Office Space in Atlanta

Great article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution today. The headline says it all: “Telecommuting now metro area’s main alternative to driving solo.”

In Ariel Hart’s article, she points to state Department of Transportation data that show 7 percent of all metro Atlanta commuters teleworked for the majority of their commutes in 2010. Although 82 percent of workers still drive to work alone, there is a clear rise in telecommuting.

Davinci Virtual office solutions makes it easy to telecommute in the Peachtree State with 11 virtual offices in Atlanta. Yes, I said 11 virtual offices in Atlanta—and all areas of Atlanta. Davinci Virtual office solutions has virtual office space on Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta, as well as virtual offices in Midtown Atlanta.

Let’s take a look at the Midtown Atlanta virtual office as an example. Located at 1401 Peachtree Street NE, this virtual office is near Ansley Park—and you can rent at this location for just $50 a month. That’s a bargain in any city, but considering the strategic location and the quality of this virtual office space, you can’t go wrong here.

That $50 a month gets you a prime business address, mail and package support, access to a business support center, a lobby greeter, a client drop off and pick up point, mail forwarding and shipping services, and a conference room and day time office on demand for an hourly fee.

If this location doesn’t work for you, consider these other prime street addresses that you could call your business home:

  • One Glenlake Parkway

  • 235 Peachtree Street NE

  • 191 Peachtree Street

  • 3355 Lenox Road

  • 3348 Peachtree Road NE

  • 303 Perimeter Center North

  • 3330 Cumberland Blvd.

  • 210 Interstate North Parkway

  • 1870 The Exchange

  • 3399 Peachtree Road


See what I mean? There are plenty of different virtual offices in Atlanta to choose from when you hook up with Davinci Virtual. Check out this video of Atlanta’s office scene:

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One of the Best Places to Work? A Virtual Office on Virginia Beach

Wouldn’t you like to be recognized as one of the best places to work in America? Try offering alternative workplace strategies like the virtual office space, flextime and telecommuting.

Amerigroup Corporation did. Amerigroup Corporation has been named one of Virginia's Best Places to Work for 2011 through a survey conducted by the Best Companies Group.

"At Amerigroup, we are able to attract and retain the best and brightest associates because of our mission of making the health care system work for those who need a little help, as well as our competitive compensation and benefit offerings," says Linda Whitley-Taylor, Amerigroup executive vice president of Human Resources.

The Best Companies Group ranked companies in 10 categories, including employee stock options, 401(k) retirement plan, health plan offerings, telecommuting opportunities and tuition reimbursement.

Amerigroup is located in Virginia Beach, Va. Does Davinci Virtual Office Solutions have virtual office space available in that city? You bet Davinci does.

You can rent virtual office space in Virginia Beach from Davinci at the Virginia Beach Business Center. Located at 4445 Corporation Lane, the Virginia Beach Business Center offers a prime business address, mail and package receipt, access to a business support center, a lobby greeter, a client drop off and pick up point, mail forwarding and shipping services and more for as little as $95 a month. You can also rent a day office or conference room in Virginia Beach on demand by the hour.

So if you are looking to become one of the best places to work in Virginia—whether you ever get recognized for it or not—check out this Virginia Beach virtual office. Our virtual offices in Virginia Beach are located in the Central Business District.
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