Professional Development Plan For Career Ownership

I have great news to share with you! There is great opportunity ahead for you to take ownership of your career. All you need to start with is a desire to do so and a realization that job security doesn’t lie within a company or a boss, it lies within you. I’ve always believed that you own your career and I believe it more today than ever before.

Job security lies within you, not a company.

Let’s take a look at the difference between a career and a job. When you think “career” as opposed to “job” you are more likely to get serious! After all, “career” suggests a long-term involvement and promising rewards. The first step is to do an analysis. I’ll share with you the steps it takes (an action plan) to figuring out what you want out of your career and the questions you need to ask yourself (and act on) to get yourself there. WARNING: This will take a little time (and action) on your part, but you will reap rewards for doing so.

Are you ready to take big actions for career ownership?
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Admins Are Leaders Too

This question is for you if you’re in an administrative role.

Do you consider yourself a leader?

Administrative professionals and executive assistants often see themselves in their support roles as being “non-leaders”.

Nothing, however, could be further from the truth!

You may not be the CEO or VP of the company, but you are a leader.

Take on leadership roles

Joan Burge, Founder and CEO, Office Dynamics International recently shared her take on the administrative professionals role as leaders in Executive Secretary Magazine. Ultimately charging each of us to “own it” (our leadership capabilities) she gives several key questions to ask yourself to hone in on what areas of leadership are right for you. Burge also covers the benefits of choosing a path of leadership and the tangible “how to” steps to leading and lessons learned along the way. If you don’t already, you will be begin to consider yourself a leader. No matter what your role is.

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A professional is someone who cares about the results, not just the activity.
The only catch is that it takes a certain kind of person.
Michael Hammer, Author,
Reengineering the Corporation

Share below what it is that helps you consider yourself a leader?

Is it your confidence? Your power suit? Your red lipstick?

BIG Action Begins With An Action Plan

This week’s Monday Motivator is written by Jasmine Freeman, Vice President and Chief Executive Assistant to Joan Burge.

Hello, Monday Motivators!

Joan declared 2014 to be the year of BIG! Each month she’s taken a different topic and shared its importance to living your BIG life in her Monday Motivators. This month, the focus is on ACTION.

When you think about your BIG dreams and goals in each of the 5 pillars you likely have at least one goal in each of those areas of your life. I know I have several! Yet, speaking to you today about action and having an action plan has been a daunting task for me. I personally feel lost in a few of my own pillars right now. How can I possibly give advice to others? [Read more...]

How Do you Get Your Company Involved In A Donation Drive?

It’s time for our monthly guest post from our friends at Business Management Daily. It might seem too early to be talking about how to run an effective office charity drive. It’s actually perfect timing to begin your planning now to host a really great charity drive at your organization this holiday season! Please leave your tips in the comments section below.

Run an effective corporate food donation drive

How do you run an effective office charity drive?

by MARY ELLEN SLAYTER on JULY 17, 2014 8:24AM
Question: “The last few times that our company Fun Club has tried to help a charity through a canned food drive or toy collection, the response rate from our co-workers has been embarrassingly low. What’s the best way to get the office interested in making these count?” – Kate, Receptionist [Read more...]

Office Dynamics Now Accepting Applications For Scholarships For The 21st Annual Conference For Administrative Excellence


Administrative Conference Scholarship Application Announcement

I am excited to share with you that we are now accepting applications for scholarships for the 21st Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence happening this Sept 30-Oct 3 at the Red Rock Resort & Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

One full tuition ($1495 value!) and two partial tuition scholarships ($1000 value!) will be awarded — but time is short! I urge you to take advantage of this administrative conference scholarship application if budget was a primary reason why you aren’t able to attend an administrative conference this year.

To be considered, complete the application telling us why this event will benefit your career and increase the value you can provide to your organization, and include one brief professional recommendation.

The deadline to submit your scholarship application for the 21st Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence is August 20th, so do not wait!

Winners will be selected on a merit basis and will be notified August 25th. Scholarship winners are still responsible for their own travel, hotel and incidental costs.

Education related tag cloud illustrationHere at Office Dynamics International, we are fully committed to advancing the careers of administrative professionals. This is the first time we have ever offered a merit scholarship process, and our hope is to make this training accessible to passionate administrative assistants and executive assistants like yourself who can benefit the most from this exclusive gathering. We’ve taken steps to make applying easy — you can view the application here by clicking the Apply Now Button below.


I look forward to reviewing your application soon. Please don’t let the deadline slip by, as we want to do everything possible to see you at the conference this September in Las Vegas!

Jasmine Freeman
Vice President and Chief Executive Assistant
Office Dynamics International

P.S. We just announced the complete lineup of featured speakers and presenters for our 21st Annual Conference! Which sessions and speakers are you most interested in? Please share in the comments below.

Little Choices Make Big Impact

“Most people are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

Little Choices Make Big Impact

It's a little choice.

It’s a little choice.

Each Monday since January I’ve focused on the Year of BIG. We’ve talked about BIG Thoughts, Goals, Energy, Focus, Learning, Staying Power, and Change. The next four weeks our focus is on BIG Action. Every single day we’re faced with hundreds of choices, choices that are seemingly small and insignificant but have BIG impact on the outcome of our life. As the quote above from Abraham Lincoln reads, we’ll be as happy as we make up our minds to be, the responsibility is ours! Your long-term happiness isn’t determined by what others do. It is determined by what you do – are you making the effort? Earlier this year you likely set BIG Goals for yourself. Maybe you called them resolutions, dreams, intentions – whatever you called them, I’m sure you have them. You will meet those BIG goals you’ve set for yourself by hard work (sometimes a lot of hard work) and smart choices … and many of those choices will be little decisions over time that add up to BIG results. [Read more...]

Strategies for Thriving Through Change

Have you ever stopped to think about the importance of change? Look around you. What’s changed over the years? Look in front of you! At the very device you are using to read this very message! A lot of change had to take place to get us where we are today and a lot of change will continue to take place each and every day in every life across the globe. [Read more...]

Learning Event for Administrative Professionals

Office Dynamics International has announced the keynote presenters for its administrative professionals conference, the 21st Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence, to be held September 30 – October 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The exciting lineup of speakers includes Joan Burge, Lucy Brazier, Julie Perrine, and Vital Germaine.

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BIG Change: It Takes BIG Faith

Have the Faith to Change Your LifeHave faith for big change

Do you have the faith to change your life? When you approach a situation that you wish you could change but it appears to be impossible, that’s when we need our faith more than ever! Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Faith in action is when something seems so unrealistic, so out of reach, we have the faith to step out and go for it without knowing 100% of the detail on how we’ll get there and we’re not guaranteed a specific outcome. It’s easy to step out and initiate change when we’re comfortable in what we’re about to do and we know there’s a good chance it’s going to turn out. That’s easy! [Read more...]

BIG Change Takes Courage

Lets do this

Well, it’s official—the year is half over! What kinds of changes have you experienced so far this year? Have you experienced personal changes? Career changes? Did changes occur that you did not expect? Were they pleasant changes or not-so-pleasant? Can you forecast changes coming up the next few months? What about big changes? [Read more...]