The Difficult Decision I Made For My Health


Sometimes living a BIG life requires making hard choices and as I sit down to write you this week I am faced with one of those choices. You see, recently I have been challenged within my Wellness Pillar. During the course of the last 2 months I have had to deal with an illness and surgery that took me away from my work and it is only recently that I have been able to get back to my work and my passion, which is helping and inspiring others to be the best they can be. As the weeks have passed during my recovery I have had quite a bit of time to reflect on my Pillars and learn where I am supposed to be investing the energy that I do have.

Remember how we’ve discussed that all the Pillars are interwoven and when one Pillar needs more attention the others are all effected? Well, obviously since my Wellness Pillar is in need of quite a bit of attention right now, my Career Pillar is going to have to take the back seat for a moment. This is a very difficult choice for me and it really is a choice. I could try to keep barreling through all the work I have to get done … and believe me there is a LOT right now. I have speaking engagements, training, travel, our big Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence just around the corner, a team that needs me and all the other aspects of running my own companies. But, if I do not prioritize and cut back on some of my work duties, my health will greatly suffer and I won’t have anything left to do the things I love. If my health suffers even more than it already has, that would cause my Career Pillar to crumble. In order to save all of our Pillars, sometimes we have to step back and give ONE Pillar the attention it needs so it can stay strong and it will soon be strong enough to help the other Pillars to thrive. I have always said that your Pillars need equal attention over time.

One of my career duties is writing Monday Motivators™ each week. On occasion Jasmine Freeman my Chief Executive Assistant and Vice President took on that task recently while I was out of the office and did a great job. Together, we have decided that we are going to take the month of September off from writing Monday Motivators™ in order for me to keep my work energy focused on some of the bigger items ahead and for Jasmine to have the time freed up to help me in these other areas and prepare for our big conference.

We have decided to still deliver to you weekly a Monday Motivator.  Beginning next week, we will be sharing with you for the some of our favorite past Motivators each week. This will be a great refresher on past topics, if you are new subscriber it will be new information and it this also an opportunity for you to reflect on what might be happening for you right now. Is there an area of your life that may be in need of more attention?

This is a good time of year to take a step back and think about what you want to give attention to most. It is easy to fall into the 4th quarter of 2014 with a full-steam-ahead attitude but where will that leave you?

I want to ask you what is a choice you need to make that will help you give strength to a Pillar that is in need? Do you have to drop some things off of your Career Pillar in order to take better care of your health right now, like I do? Do you need to spend a few more nights a week with your children than you do going to the gym? What about your spiritual pillar? If you are in some sort of situation that may seem like it is absorbing all your time and attention, yet it is necessary, then don’t hesitate to make a choice for the time being that will allow you to give it your full attention. When the crisis or situation passes you can then begin to give your focused attention back to the other pillars.

We all do have BIG lives to live and I intend to keep on living mine. I know as my energy builds back up and I am surrounded by the energy of all of you I will return stronger, wiser and ready to help jump start your week!

Catch up on the “BIG Year” in Monday Motivators – every week has been archived for you here.

Attend the Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence!


Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence

Don’t miss this Event of Distinction for Administrative Professionals. Seats are going fast! 

Red Rock Resort

Las Vegas, Nevada

September 30 – October 3

Reserve Your Seat Today!

Happy Labor Day Weekend

Office Dynamics International has made it easy for you to enjoy your Labor Day weekend and get the sales benefits that come along with the holiday.


All of our Online Learning programs are available at 50% off through 9/1/14. Buy now, learn later! Use code: LABORDAY at checkout.

This is the perfect time to consider your continued learning plan for the remainder of the year! These programs are complete with handouts and sessions broken down into manageable doses of information. Power through during a long weekend or take your time and absorb a session each week over the course of several weeks. Whatever your learning style, online learning is right for you!

We wish you a very happy and relaxing Labor Day Weekend!!


Living a BIG Life Vs a Busy Life

It’s back to school time! Our team had a great morning sending their little ones off to school. It’s the first day of the new school year here in Las Vegas and I’m sure many of you are experiencing similar schedule changes as summer is winding down and the office is gearing up for year end. We also welcomed a new Star Achievement Series Level II class to our office this week to complete their training. It’s going to be a full week for everyone!

This week I have some questions for you! I want you to answer them (to yourself) as you go through today’s Motivator. [Read more...]

Scholarship Winners Announced!

Conference Scholarship Winners


Scholarship Winners Announced!


The following scholarships have been awarded for the Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Red Rock Resort on September 30 – October 3, 2014. For more information about this event please visit[Read more...]

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.

Download the full article for free right now!
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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...]

Needed: Tips for running an effective office charity 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...]