Office Dynamics released a new Guide in October called Executive and Assistants Working in Partnership: The Definitive Guide. This amazing Guide is the culmination of 25 years of coaching work with executives and assistants. We immediately sold several hundred copies and have continued to sell the Guide at a very good pace.
Of course, we are eager to hear how the strategies in the Guide are helping executives and assistants be more productive and build better partnerships. We have been reaching out to purchasers either by phone call or email. We have received some good responses but also to our dismay, some people have not even looked through their Guide that they ordered months ago. Or we’ll hear an assistant say, “I’ve been going through the Guide but have not shared it with my executive yet.” Why not?
If executives and assistants want to be stronger teams and increase their productivity by 25% or more, they have to be committed; they have to make time for each other and have robust conversations and they have to be willing to change old habits and try new ideas. It will not happen on its own. This excerpt from our Executives and Assistants Working in Partnership Guide might explain it a little better. [Read more…]
As I prepare for my upcoming free webinar for administrative and executive assistants on Actualizing Your Professional Goals, I came across an image from an exercise I did with my team a few years ago.
The exercise was to create our own personal manifesto. It’s like a vision, motto or credo for your life. I called mine “You Can’t Press Instant Replay.” Everyone on the Office Dynamics team wrote and designed their own.
Here’s mine: [Read more…]
Assistants, Don’t Let Collaborative Work Space Stop Your Education
Last week I was conducting a full-day workshop with 25 assistants. I had been telling them about our monthly free webinars as a way to continue their education after our live workshop.
One administrative assistant told me that with the new collaborative, open-space work environment, she had difficulty participating in webinars because she gets interrupted. Does this sound familiar?
Before I even could give a response, the other assistants in the room began to chime in with their solutions to this problem of the collaborative work space harming the continued learning and development of the administrative professional. [Read more…]
Last week, I was researching the pros and cons of today’s collaborative (open-space) work environment. I am preparing for a speech that I will give at our 23rd Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence: The Revolutionary Assistant later this year. Not only is this topic of interest because I am going to speak on how to be effective in this new work space, but because I am hearing administrative assistants and business people talk about the challenges they are facing in this new environment. They are wondering how they are supposed to stay focused or watch a webinar when their environment is so open. [Read more…]
Do you LOVE your admin career?
Use this assessment for assistants as a tool to measure your skill level.
Several years ago I was preparing for my first annual review with my new executive, Joan Burge, Founder and CEO of Office Dynamics International. I wanted to be ready for anything when we sat down together to discuss my progress and my skill set as her Chief Executive Assistant.
As I was looking for some ideas on how to prepare, I came across a document that labeled and provided measurement of the core administrative competencies. The assessment listed several main functions under each competency to measure an individual’s performance. I remembered this document from some one-on-one coaching that Joan did with her high-level executive assistant clients. She would have the assistant and the executive fill out separate assessments and they would meet afterward to discuss the ratings.
I decided I should do a self-assessment before my big review. [Read more…]
These 5 influential women are inspiring business leaders.
According to a report published by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the gender gap in business is still very real and not likely to go away by itself. One of the recommended drivers in truncating this gap is to acknowledge the success that women have had in the global business environment. Noting their achievements helps both women and men develop new traditions that may create an equitable business world. [Read more…]
3 Tips for Organizing Your Executive & Team Members
You can’t make others work the way you work.
This is the first thing you have to accept if you want to help someone, such as your executive or team member, get and stay organized.
Chances are the person you’re trying to help doesn’t have the same style preferences as you do. But if you’re willing to learn a person’s preferences, and not foist your own on him or her, you can help this person develop systems to stay organized by following these tips. [Read more…]
Attitude IS a Choice. Do you let the bad news destroy your good attitude?
Stock market has gone wild-for the worse.
Blizzards, giant snowstorms and ice smack the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast
Recent celebrity deaths including Glenn Frey (Eagles) and Celine Dion’s beloved husband-both died from cancer.
The political arena is intensifying. The boxing gloves are on.
Former Olympic downhill champion, Bill Jonson, dies.
Who wants to read or hear the news? Not me. It is very disheartening, sad, and upsetting. It’s easy to let all this bad news destroy your good attitude.
But these are the realities we live with folks. Not to mention all the problems you hear from your coworkers. And we won’t stop reading or seeing it unless we completely shutter ourselves away.
So are we to do? How do we protect ourselves so we don’t get into a funk from all the “bad stuff” that is happening? How do we keep our focus on our life and not get sucked into everything else? What can we do to not let bad news, whether from the media or neighbors or friends or family, drag us down leaving us with anxiousness and fear? [Read more…]