Like it or not, business cards are still widely used among entrepreneurs and their prospective clients. But if you’ve recently handed out several business cards and never heard back, it may be a sign that you’ve gone wrong somewhere along the way. So, whether you’re looking to improve your current offering or you’re starting from scratch and want to make sure things are right first-time around, read through these 10 business card mistakes – it could mean the difference between success and failure [Read more...]
It is hard to decide what we want in life, then communicate that in a concise manner, write a plan, implement and work around the barriers. If goal achievement were easier, more people would be reaching their goals. Goal achievement can come in the form of what we want to feel, accomplish or give to others; it’s not just about getting material things. [Read more...]
Long gone are the days when assistants were thrilled to be taken to lunch or be given flowers in honor of Administrative Professionals Day. Today’s sophisticated, savvy executive or administrative assistant wants recognition that feeds their desire to learn and grow in their Career of Choice. They want to be acknowledged for their tremendous daily contributions by being able to attend a training program or administrative conference. Or they would like to take online courses that advance them in the administrative profession.
Administrative and executive assistant books are a worthwhile investment. A book is a treasured gift; it is long-lasting; has a compound effect; and helps that assistant gain the tools that help her or him in their job as well as grow new skills to meet the ever-changing demands of today’s workplace.
At Office Dynamics, we offer a range of educational gifts for assistants as well as our Star Wear™ jewelry and scarf line which instills and supports stellar performance in an assistant. Please look around on our site, we have a variety of products and educational programs that would make great Administrative Professionals Day gifts!
Jasmine and I are on our way to Columbus Ohio to teach the Mastering Exceptional Self-Leadership 2 day mega-training event for administrative professionals. We are excited to meet new assistants and share a wealth of knowledge with them.
We launched this training program in San Jose a few weeks ago and it was a huge success. We had 41 executive and administrative assistants attend from some top companies in Silicon Valley. We even had two assistants who flew all the way from Seattle to see us and attend this administrative training.
The topics covered were: building strategic partnerships, leading boldly and shining brightly, self-management vs. stress management, unleashing your creativity, creating your personal brand and communicating your talents through a Career Portfolio. Attendees gained hundreds of great idea to take back to their workplace and now understand the important of mastering self-leadership.
While we covered a lot of territory, all the attendees had fun with the unique learning activities we provided. Jasmine Freeman led the group through a few segments and shared her ideas on a digital portfolio as well as how she manages her busy personal life with her work life.
We will be heading to Chicago in June and Atlanta in November. I hope to meet you there!
BIG Focus: Focus versus Multi-tasking
I am so excited to write this Monday Motivator because today is my dad’s 89th birthday and because my dad is the epitome of passion that creates energy and longevity. I did not plan for today’s topic to fall on his birthday. I hadn’t even noticed the connection until just now—when getting ready to write you.
Let me tell you about my dad because I have learned so much from observing his life and so can you [Read more...]
Why spend 1/7 of your life dreading a day of the week?
Executive and administrative professionals expend a tremendous amount of energy. I know because I worked in the field for 20 years. And I also know because I have observed and coached executive assistants at their workspaces for 23 years. It takes a tremendous amount of energy to support an executive, multiple managers or a department. And yet, that is what administrative professionals do so well! [Read more...]
My morning routine at work starts with a cup (or two) of Joe and perusing my email inbox. And it seems I’m in good company. According to an Accountemps survey, 58 percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) said reading email is the first thing they do at the office. Working on a project was a distant second (13 percent), and 11 percent start their morning routine by creating a to-do list. (See infographic below.) [Read more...]
Whether you are going out tonight and celebrating or just sitting home, we all need to draw on mental energy to do our jobs. However, we have all gotten in the habit of running on autopilot in many aspects of our jobs. Just think . . . how many things do you do throughout the day at work that you don’t even stop and really think about what to do or say? How many times do you just whiz through responding to emails to get them out of your Inbox? What about the times you set up meetings for your executive without really thinking through every detail because you have done it one hundred times? And don’t forget your morning routine when you walk into the office. Most people have a routine in starting their work day.
While that may work for you just fine, to be a peak performer, you actually have to put more thought into the mundane things you do every day. You should be looking at ways to increase your productivity, streamline processes, and go the extra mile. [Read more...]