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...]

Document Tracking: What’s the best tool?

Question: “We have so many people in my office creating and revising so many documents and swapping them around, I don’t know of the best way to ensure someone’s not grabbing the wrong one from the network—or from the person they’re teaming with. Does anyone have any tips so I don’t keep hearing, ‘Oh, I think this is the right version’?” - Kristen, Office Manager [Read more...]

Twitter Resources We Love for Administrative Assistants

Twitter was founded March 21, 2006. Many of the early adopters have years of tweets and relationships built on this communication platform. We’ve noticed that the number of administrative professionals have been surfacing on Twitter has been increasing. With more assistants and professionals advocating for and teaching others how to use this valuable communication tool, assistants are seeing the value and deciding to jump on board. In fact, there is an event called #AdminChat that’s just for assistants – a free event that happens [Read more...]

Why should assistants choose to continue enhancing their skills?

In today’s competitive, high-energy marketplace, good enough is not enough. As a savvy executive or administrative assistant you’ll want to maintain your competitive advantage while building increasing your chances of future success. Here are few reasons why.

Why Be a Star-Performing Executive or Administrative Assistant?

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Why You Should Have a Great Attitude At Work

We talk to ourselves all day. We either feed ourselves with positive, uplifting affirmations or affirm how things aren’t going our way, work is overwhelming, or life is just too difficult. The great news is that we can change our thinking which improves our attitude which leads to positive movement and great energy.

I’ll share a little secret with you. I’ve owned Office Dynamics since 1990. We specialize in professional training, development and information for administrative professionals and their executives. It has not always been an easy road. In fact, there were several times where sheer staying power pushed us through challenging times. I would tell myself over and over “I will win!” [Read more...]

Office Dynamics International Celebrates 24 Years!

Founded by CEO Joan Burge, Office Dynamics International reached its 24th year of providing the most trusted certification and training systems for peak performance of administrative professionals. Their nearly quarter century of experience has allowed them to identify critical new trends in human capital management.

Office Dynamics International, the global leader in training and certification for administrative and executive assistants, today announced their 24th anniversary of advancing the professionalism and performance of top administrative professionals, and outlined two notable rising trends in human resources best practices.

With their deep experience offering training, certification, coaching and educational resources for high performing companies such as Cisco Systems, The Boeing Company, Humana Inc., Procter & Gamble, and Chevron Corporation, Office Dynamics International has seen tremendous change in learning and organizational development practices in the global workforce, with two key talent management trends emerging to the forefront.

The first trend is the understanding that executive productivity relies on skillful administrative support. While executive productivity is often cited as a chief concern of human capital and HR leaders, the professional development of their support staff hasn’t always registered on the agenda. Increasingly, best-in-class organizational productivity programs are now positioning the certification and training of executive assistants as a critical component.

The second trend identified is the expansion of succession planning best practices to include top administrative professionals. While many talent management leaders focus on their management team when considering succession planning, high-performing organizations are increasingly recognizing risk in the sometimes-overlooked administrative workforce.

“With 80% of executive assistants nearing retirement age, succession planning for these vital executive support professionals is critical,” said Joan Burge, Founder and CEO of Office Dynamics International. “Our training and certification programs are the most trusted resources for this key category of human capital management.”

“At this significant milestone in the evolution and growth of Office Dynamics International, I am both grateful and excited that FORTUNE 500 organizations are increasingly recognizing how administrative and executive assistants are vital to organizational effectiveness and performance,” Burge continued. “For nearly a quarter century, we’ve been training and certifying peak-performing administrative professionals, while serving as advocates to position the administrative path as a distinguished career of choice.”

In celebration of their 24th year, Office Dynamics International is offering a limited-time 24% discount on educational resources for administrative and executive assistants, including books, CDs, DVDs, and online courses.

To learn about upcoming certification and training for administrative professionals, visit the website.

About Office Dynamics International

Since 1990, Office Dynamics International has been the global leader in the development of sophisticated executive and administrative assistant training, certification, coaching and resources. They offer a broad range of solutions that create behavior change and produce sustainable results. Office Dynamics’ expertise in the administrative training industry is unparalleled, and is complemented by a unique line of premier educational products that boost success for employers and enterprising administrative professionals, secretaries, and support staff. Office Dynamics’ quest to provide extraordinary career-changing educational programs has earned the respect of elite clients including Cisco Systems, The Boeing Company, Humana Inc., Procter & Gamble, Nationwide Insurance, Kindred Healthcare, and Chevron Corporation.

Technology Training Tuesday: Creating Newsletters & SharePoint Team Sites

7 Strategies for Creating E-Newsletters That Get Results

Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM ET

Effective newsletters take a little thought and effort, but the results are worth it! This educational webinar will provide you with valuable information on creating successful e-newsletters for your organization that inform and engage participants. [Read more...]

What the Palm Tree Can Teach Us About Resilience

STAYING POWER: The Power of Resilience

Staying power requires that we be resilient. We have to be resilient to changes at work and home life; changes in the economy and world events. How many times in life did you feel like you finally got things in order only to get side-swiped?

Every day we are faced with unexpected events, constant changes, information overload, upheaval, time compression, a multitude of personalities, technology excess and much more. The people who can be pliable, flexible, adaptable and resilient are the ones who will thrive.

The Power of Resilience

What does the power of resilience look like?

Something I love about living in Las Vegas is all the beautiful palm trees. We can get very strong winds in Las Vegas—up to 50 or 60 mph. I’ve watched the palm trees many times when the winds kick up and notice how these huge, strong beautiful trees bend with the wind, but never break. Every time I think of being resilient, I see myself like a palm tree. While I may bend way beyond my comfort zone, I see myself with the power of resilience - standing strong. Like any other skill we develop for the workplace, we can develop being resilient.

6 Steps to Being Resilient

  1. Deep down, know that you are stronger than anything that comes your way. Whatever you are thrown at work, you can do it.
  2. Push yourself to do things at work or home that make you uncomfortable. Select things that make you stretch mentally or physically; take baby steps to gain confidence and see results.
  3. When you can’t control the changes that are taking place around you, change your thinking. Look for the opportunity in change, instead of danger.
  4. Create an invisible bubble around you. I have an invisible bubble I take with me everywhere I go. This bubble keeps away people’s negative thoughts, comments and attitudes. When someone tries to place their fears, doubts, and pessimism on me, it bounces away from me. I choose to not absorb.
  5. Eat properly, get exercise and get a good night’s sleep. Seriously folks, if we do not take care of our bodies, we will falter at being resilient. It will be much harder to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off. When we are physically at our best, we will effectively deal with the challenges at work.
  6. Embrace the changes that are taking place or not taking place that you wish would occur. Be open to any lessons you might need to learn. (Review the 11 Tips to Relax Your Mind for more on this one.)

As you focus on this week, where do you most need to apply resilience? Please share in the comments below.

Joan