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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…]

Is Change Acceptance a Skill We Can Develop?

Thriving On Change

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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

[Read more…]

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Why are we so passionate about Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month?

Joan and Dave BurgeOn November 1, I would have celebrated my 37th year wedding anniversary with my husband, Dave, had pancreatic cancer not stolen him away from me. November just happens to be Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and I hope you will take just a few minutes to read my post. [Read more…]

Should I get certified as an administrative professional?


Although demand is high for qualified, knowledgeable administrative professionals, it’s easy to get lost in the crowd. Did you know that in the United States alone, there are over 4 million jobs in the administrative field, including those for executive assistants and administrative assistants like yourself?

Identifying the best administrators can also be a tough task for talent managers. Whether they are looking to fill a new role, or make decisions about annual raises and promotions, employers find it difficult to pinpoint the candidates with the right knowledge, motivations and skills to excel. [Read more…]

7 Tips to Manage Time and Priorities


Hello, Motivators!

I’m sure you can relate to this week’s message. My ‘To Do’ list is getting bigger and bigger; I am managing more people than ever before; and more people need my time and attention than ever before. Additionally, it is important for me to go to service on Sunday mornings and make time to see my children and grandchildren-family is very important to me. Then, probably like you, I run errands most of the day on Saturday. Whew. I’m worn out just thinking about it all. How about you? Do you feel the same way? Sometimes I wonder if I am the only one who feels like I need an 8th day of the week and about 5 more hours a day. Even if that were to occur, it still would not be enough for all the things I want to do in life. Often I have to stop the cycle going in my mind, breathe, relax and regroup before moving forward. Like me, I’m sure you are in the a similar situation trying to manage time and priorities when we seem to have way too little time and way too many priorities. Here’s are some very simple tips, when practiced often can help you gain control over this overwhelm. [Read more…]

Career Goals: Safe In The Harbor Or Setting Sail?

Safe In The Harbor Or Setting Sail? Guest Post by Debbie Gross, CEA to CEO, John Chambers, Cisco Systems

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“You are the Captain of your own ship!”

I am fond of the saying that we are all “captains” of our own ships. I fully believe that we are in complete control of our destiny – no one person or company has that control. We have choices in terms of whether we stay safe in the harbor or chart our course and set our sails in our careers and in our lives.

Certainly as captains we have to maneuver our ships through rough waters, be on the watch for rocky reefs and shoals, fight the head-winds or steer our sails so that the wind is at our backs. [Read more…]

Pause Now To Consider Your Success Goals for 2015

If you think it’s still too soon to start planning your professional and personal success goals for 2015, I want to encourage you to think again! As quickly as this year passed, so will next year. Your future will become the present sooner than you think. If you don’t set success goals and map out a plan, you will be at the same place next year as you are today.

Considering how busy the holiday season gets, it behooves us to take time now – and not minutes or hours before the clock strikes midnight on December 31 – to give serious thought and meaningful consideration to what we hope to accomplish next year.



Planning Your Success Goals

Perhaps you and your leader have already established the success goals you plan to achieve. Outstanding! Even so, year-end is a great time to pause and reflect – and to assess how close or far you are from the desired results of your efforts. What could help you get there? Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Attitude. First and foremost, assess how you feel about the goal or situation. Can this improve – and if so, how will you change your attitude? Remember, no one else can do this for you!

Focus. Especially if you’re juggling multiple projects of varying priorities, can you say with certainty that you are focused on those that matter most to your employer and, by extension, your continuing success? If not, ask yourself where the focus should be.

Commitment. Sometimes we need to renew our sense of commitment to the goals we’ve established for ourselves. Discipline is easy to talk about – but difficult to practice without the right motivation. What will inspire you to continue on your path to goal completion and career advancement? Do that very thing, and keep your commitment true.

Define your goal in detail. It is not good enough to just think of your goal or jot it on a little post it. If your goal is to take your family on a cruise next year what kind of cruise? How many days? A high-end cruise or economical cruise? Do you want to go to the Caribbean or Alaska? Imagine you are on the cruise, what will it look like or feel like?

If your goal is increasing your skill as an executive assistant, what does that look like? Be specific. (Caution: this is not where you would write how you will get there, this is what will it look and feel like when you are there.)

These are just a few ways to keep you “eyes on the prize.” I encourage you to think about other opportunities or techniques to assist you in goal-setting or goal assessment as we approach 2015. Wishing you success in this and all your professional endeavors!


“Success is the ability to visualize what you want to do next with your life—what you want to be, do, and have in life—and to enjoy that process of moving toward that vision, achieving it, and creating new visions.” – Norma Carr Ruffino

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