Do you share your career ambition with your boss?

Career Ambition

Career Ambition: How do you tell your boss that you don’t want a promotion?

Question: “Our company has performance plans based on the expectation that we’ll always be moving up the ladder—or at least trying to. I can tell my boss thinks it’s odd that I’m having trouble with this. The fact is, I’ve been an admin for four great years and I just don’t want to be promoted! How do I convince him that I’m genuinely happy where I am without sounding like I’m scared to take on higher responsibility?” - Fran, Marketing Admin

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Recap The Final Day of the Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence


This article is part 3 of our conference recap . . . click here for Office Dynamics Conference Recap part 1 and part 2.

After another delicious breakfast on the resort veranda overlooking the pool and the striking red rock mountains to the West, the morning plenary session of our final day of the conference opened up with a video montage highlighting some of the extraordinary moments from the Havana Nights Gala, generating laughs and smiles all around.


Next, Joan Burge took the stage with a strong message reminding us all why we’re really here, and how every professional can truly “Expand Your Influence.” As Joan explained, neither her career, nor this signature annual gathering, is about “training” — it’s about making work lives substantially BETTER for administrative professionals in every stage of their careers, and carving out the administrative path as a career of choice for high-performing and high-potential individuals. The training, speaking, coaching and writing Joan devotes herself to, as well as this conference itself, is how she achieves those goals. Ultimately, our progress hinges on the quality relationships and authentic connections we make together, and whether we can implement what we learn. [Read more...]

Slow down. Pay attention.

Hearing the Message. Guest Post by Kemetia Foley, Blogger, AdminRenegade:

You know that feeling you get… It’s not quite Déjà vu but really similar. You keep running into people talking about the same issue, or every news article you read seems to be dissecting the same issue. Then out of the blue, the topic crops up at work or at your kid’s school.  Eerily, you happened to have just picked up a book two weeks prior, again, dissecting the same issue.


It’s a message, folks! Are you hearing it? Do you hear the ‘Ring, Ring’ of the Get-a-Clue phone? I think the universe is trying to get a message to you.  Are you hearing it? [Read more...]

Honored “Best Book” In Best of The Best Office Products and Services

Become_An_Inner_Circle_AssistantDeskDemon Announces the Winners of “Our Favorites – The Award,” A Prestigious Award Honoring the Best of the Best in Office Products, Services and Vendors

In recognition of quality products and services used by corporate America every day, DeskDemon launched “Our Favorites – The Award” the first award program honoring the best of the best in office products and services voted on by those who know best, the administrative professional.

Redwood City, California (PRWEB) September 18, 2014

Every year corporate America spends billions of dollars on office products and services that are necessary to run and maintain offices. To most employees the office supplies and services are seamlessly stocked in the supply cabinet, or there is little to no thought to how that package they drop in an outgoing box always makes it to its destination on time. It is the administrative professional that sources and purchases the products and services that keep the office running smooth. Administrative professionals are the backbone of the office and know what the best products and services are. There is no one better to recognize and honor the companies that provide quality products and services. [Read more...]

Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence: See What You Missed


This article is part 2 of our conference recap . . . if you missed part 1, you can read it here

Thursday proved to be the peak day of the 21st Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence, beginning with yet another series of breakthrough plenary sessions and then culminating in the fabulous Gala Dinner.

After a continental networking breakfast on the resort veranda, Peggy Vasquez kicked off the general sessions of the day with her workshop on “Creating Authentic Business Relationships.” Peggy is an author and motivational speaker, on top of being Chief Executive Assistant at PNNL. She helped us understand how creating and developing a lasting business connection takes time and skill, and delivered unique tools for surmounting awkward moments, starting conversations effortlessly, and the art of follow up.


Next, attendees were given a privileged insight on the Executive Perspective, exploring how leaders can best partner with their administrative assistants and what they most value and look for. For this special session — unique to this conference — Joan hosted two dynamic executives — Steve Forst, CEO of Performance Matters, and via telepresence, Cisco executive Alistair Butler. [Read more...]

Choosing an Optimistic Attitude

What’s your attitude look like today?

I’m taking a break from writing the weekly Monday Motivators to nurture my Wellness Pillar. Thank you for understanding and it is my hope you’ll enjoy today’s throwback message.


It only takes one obstacle in an otherwise perfect day to make you feel less-than-your-best. Especially in these hectic times, when every employee is pressed to achieve more in less time with fewer resources, a single hiccup can make you feel like everything is in upheaval.

Let’s face it: Instability or chaos of one form or another is everywhere. We cannot control that. But we can control our attitudes. [Read more...]

Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence Recap Part 1

After so much anticipation, the Office Dynamics Conference, titled the 21st Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence, opened on Tuesday evening September 30th with the Social Fusion Mixer. We met for cocktails outside on the resort veranda overlooking the turquoise pools and red stripe cabanas, with a Western view of the Red Rock National Preserve.

Administrative Professionals Conference

Attendees mixed and mingled eagerly, re-connecting with old friends and quickly making new ones. The weather was sweet and the atmosphere ideal for conversation, with background music soft enough to easily talk and share. Meanwhile, the Office Dynamics team including Joan Burge and the conference’s featured expert presenters like Julie Perrine, Chrissy Scivique and Lucy Brazier flowed through the space, helping connect people with industry peers and mentors, sharing stories and smiles. The group was a mix of returning attendees and first timers, all excited about the days to come, with participants having traveled from all corners of the US, Canada, and even Israel! Professionals hailed from a diversity of industries [Read more...]

Making BIG Changes: Don’t Blow It, Deal With It

Hello, Motivators!

I’m taking a break from writing the weekly Monday Motivators to nurture my Wellness Pillar. Thank you for understanding and it is my hope you’ll enjoy today’s throwback message.


Communication is key, have you heard that one? The truth is, it really is. You can make or break your career by your ability or inability to communicate. Today, I am going to share with you some simple tips that you might very well be aware of. They are simple. The question I have for you is, how often are you practicing these communication skills? Remember, you can easily blow your career by losing your cool at work. It’s important to know ahead of time what might cause such incidents and think about ways to deal with them with civility and compassion.

You feel left out. Lack of acceptance among peers provokes anger and hurt feelings, potentially limiting your effectiveness on the job. What can you do to feel more a part of a team effort? [Read more...]

Invest in Your Self-Improvement by Continuous Learning


Happy Monday, Motivators!

If you read last week’s message you know I’m taking a break from writing the weekly Monday Motivators to nurture my Wellness Pillar. As we looked through past Motivators to share with you, this one struck a chord! Our conference is just a few weeks away, in fact, registration closes tomorrow! Here’s a message about giving yourself permission to continue your learning journey for your BIG life.

Our conference is just a few weeks away and I’m over-the-moon with excitement to greet attendees from across the United States (and the world). Obviously, these are individuals who have committed to a learning event. They have committed to being away from home and their office for 4-5 full days. I guarantee they will be better people for doing so. They will learn valuable information from our speakers and their peers.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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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

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