Living The BIG Life Principles

I am celebrating finishing a year of Monday Motivators which focused on a 12-month theme of “2014-The Year of BIG.” I’m wondering how many of you were reached with my BIG Life principles. I am curious if I clearly communicated what I mean by a “BIG Life.”

Each month this year, I focused on a different aspect of BIG Life. Themes included BIG: Thoughts (Jan); Goals (Feb); Energy (March); Focus (April); Learning (May); Staying Power (June); Change (July); Action (August); Choices (September); October—(I took a little break); Resilience (November); Celebration (December). If you missed any of these issues, you can find them on the Office Dynamics Blog and view my videos on my Joan Burge BIG Life YouTube Channel.

I want to give you a special gift as the year ends. Here are some core principles on living a BIG Life from my book, Give Yourself Permission to Live a BIG Life.

BIG Life Principles

  • The depth and breadth of your life is more important than the number of years you live.
  • You are designed for greatness. Are you allowing yourself to become all you were destined to be?
  • Be grateful every day—not just when life is going your way. Every single day we can find several things for which to be grateful. These should be written in a special journal at the end of the day before you turn out the light. It will help you sleep better! This practice is especially important when you have had a rough day.
  • A BIG Life is supported by 5 Pillars.

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This Week Only: Free Book

Office Dynamics International has been serving the Administrative Profession for 24 years (since 1990). Our team collectively began to wind down the year and talk about all that’s happened over the years, in the profession, in our own lives, and in the lives of the many we’ve come to know – as we did this, we experienced a wave of emotion.  If you’ve known us for any length of time, you know, a lot has happened in these last 24 years. As we prepare to say goodbye to 2014 and head into 2015, Office Dynamics International plans to celebrate our 25th year in very big ways! We can’t tell you too much about that right now – except this – as a precursor to this momentous occasion we’re doing something very special this week only.

We’re offering our book, Who Took My Pen … Again? (Kindle Version) free to anyone, and everyone — this week only — at



Why Who Took My Pen?

You might be wondering why we chose this book and not one of Joan’s first books, such as Become An Inner Circle Assistant or Underneath It All. This book comes from a very special place. It was a culmination of the thoughts of many assistants who came together through a collaborative process around the idea “how assistants can add value every day.” The book was finalized through an additional collaboration of the books three authors, all with experience and background in the administrative profession. Learn more about this special experience and what makes Who Took My Pen … Again? so unique.

Why the Kindle Version?

  • This is the fastest and most cost effective way to get a free gift into your hands.
  • We don’t have to exclude anyone! Our friends around the world who have loved this profession just as we have can take part from wherever they are.
  • You don’t have to own a Kindle to participate. The Kindle App is available on many devices including smartphones, tablets and computers. Select your preferred device, add the free Kindle app and connect with your account. When you order your free copy of Who Took My Pen … Again? on it will download to your selected device. One of the easiest ways is through the Kindle App on your desktop. Download the Kindle Desktop Reader.

What’s the catch?

There is no catch. This is a gift to you. A totally free thank you gift. You don’t have to provide us with anything in exchange to claim your free copy. We encourage you to share this gift with your peers – sharing would be appreciated but it isn’t a requirement to redeem this offer. It’s only available this week (December 15 – 19).

Thank you!



In this spirit of giving we have a few bonus gift offers for you!

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BONUS GIFT 1: Register for our 2015 Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence “The Resilient Assistant” at the Early Early Bird rate (savings of $200) and receive the 2014 On Demand version of our conference “Collaborate. Create. Connect. Expand Your Influence.” This program offers 13 sessions, master workbook and bonus materials. In addition you will receive a complimentary copy of Joan Burge books, Become An Inner Circle Assistant and Underneath It All upon registration at the event.
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BIG Celebration! Celebrate Who You Are!


This week I encourage you to . . .

  • Celebrate WHO you are.
  • Celebrate WHERE you are in your life.
  • Celebrate WHAT you have.

I have been in the personal growth and development industry for 25 years (as of 2015), I know that we put emphasis on developing new skills; assessing our skill gaps and taking courses that make us smarter and better at our jobs; setting goals in various aspects of our life. I have believed in all those things since 1970 when I graduated from High School. [Read more…]

What Busy Hospitals Can Teach You About Office Management

What Busy Hospitals Can Teach You About Office Management – You don’t need to work in a hospital to benefit from the knowledge shared in this post!



What Busy Hospitals Can Teach You About Office Management

Working in a busy hospital is demanding and requires complicated systems with clear instructions in order to manage unpredictable and a constantly changing workflow. The central command center is the emergency department, and from there the patients are sent throughout the institution for necessary treatment and care. In comparison with a busy office, the emergency room staff fills many roles, such as that of a well-trained receptionist. As a sort of triage, when a client walks into the office, it is the job of the receptionist to filter, assess and send that person off in the appropriate direction. [Read more…]

Celebrate Your Accomplishments

Take Time For A BIG Celebration!

December 1, 2014

Hello, Monday Motivators!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday. I imagine many of you are not back at work this Monday or if you are back at work, you will slowly move through your emails. I hope you have two minutes to read this Monday Motivator.

It is the last month of 2014 and I want to talk about BIG celebrations in December! We will only have 3 Monday Motivators this month and I want to end on a high note. You have spent 11 months living life. That in itself is a BIG accomplishment. For some of you, you have had a fantastic 2014; for others, it has been a long, hard year. Either way, we all have something to celebrate.


Celebrate Your Accomplishments

What I would really like you to do this week is to think about all the positive steps you have taken this year. Do not overlook anything. Consider every obstacle you overcame an accomplishment. Be proud of any new information you absorbed and applied to your life. Did you work on your Wellness Pillar this year by eating more nutritiously at work? Did you work out at the company gym? What about a relationship you mended this year at work? Did you handle a difficult person? What did you add to your bag of skills? The list goes on and on. [Read more…]

BLACK FRIDAY CAME EARLY! Get a front row seat in life . . . starting today!

Order Now and Transform Your Career From Wherever You Are!


Do you ever feel like you’re living life with “obstructed view” seating? Would you like to take your career to the next level? I’d like to offer YOU a front row seat . . . and with our Conference on Demand, you can begin right away, from the comfort of your own home or office! [Read more…]

Get Engaged In Your Work and Life for Resilience

Big Resilience Is Being Engaged In Work and Life


Don’t panic. Thanksgiving is just 10 days away! In addition to the holidays approaching we want to be sure you are aware we will not be publishing a Monday Motivators on November 24. Can I also use this moment to thank you so much for being a Monday Motivator follower? I hope that I have inspired you each week this year through my weekly e-note. I hope that I have met your expectations and have provided worthwhile information to help you navigate your work life as well as personal life. While I may never have met you, I am thankful you have been a part of my BIG life.

When Can We Be Resilient?

So, let’s move on with our last concept under BIG Resilience. While I was researching this topic both for MMs and our 2015 Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence, I found this definition: operating on all cylinders (as much as possible, not just a crisis). In that respect, every day we can be resilient.

When we operate on all cylinders we are less apt to make mistakes. We are more focused; think more clearly; access our creativity; are agile; positively react to the changes that occur and are better problem solvers.

How Engagement Equals Resilience

The question is what do we need to be able to operate on all cylinders? Here are some things I know help me.

  1. Embrace a positive attitude.
  2. Eat foods and drink beverages that provide energy and not just a “spike” in energy.
  3. Get 7 – 8 hours of sleep.
  4. Believe in yourself.
  5. Believe in the work you do.
  6. Free your mind as of much personal clutter as you can during your work day.
  7. Find something at work that excites you or gets your creative juices flowing.

You also have to explore what helps you operate at full throttle. These are usually based on our values, personal situations, work styles, natural talents and more.

With sincere thanks,

Joan Burge

P.S. Enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving and we’ll see you in December!


Watch that tone! Deliver the right message.


What are your tips to ensure your email message is delivered properly? Deliver the right message and watch your email tone.

Question: “For the last chapter of our company’s style guide, I was asked to compile tips on how to write emails that stay true to your personality. My boss wanted these in there because he said he was amazed at how rude, hostile, impatient or uneducated so many otherwise smart people seemed in emails without realizing they were coming off so poorly. [Read more…]

The Resilient Thrive On Change

Thriving On Change

Resilient Tree

Hello Monday Motivators!

I hope you are doing well and had a great weekend. In continuing with our November theme of BIG Resilience, another aspect is thriving on change. Obviously we have to be resilient during change whether personal or professional. We are experiencing more change at a faster rate than in years’ past. So it would behoove us to learn how to thrive on change vs. drown in change. I’ll share with you insight on why people resist change and 11 strategies to thrive on change. [Read more…]

Resilience: The Ability to Bounce Back

Resilient Flower in Desert Landscape

Big Resilience

Hello, Monday Motivator fans!

I am back from my extended break of focusing on my Wellness Pillar. [Why was I gone in the first place?]

It feels good to be back in the saddle writing again after a long break while recovering from my brain surgery. Now that I am back, I want to continue with our theme for 2014 whereby monthly topics revolve around My BIG Life concepts.

For November, I have selected BIG resilience. Obviously this is something I have been focusing on and working hard at embracing the past several months. To be honest, some days I feel highly resilient and other days I do not. I have personally learned over many years, that resiliency is NOT about . . .

  • Never falling off your mountain
  • Life being perfect
  • Always being courageous

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