Jasmine gave an awesome, wonderful, challenging and thoughtful presentation. It was amazing that this was her first large-scale presentation! She challenged us to activate our unique value and invigorate our lives and careers.
Jasmine captivated the audience by her use of graphic slides throughout the presentation. She showed a cartoon of “Mediocre Man” and said, “Our default setting is mediocrity!” This thought really hooked me. It’s a concept that every administrative professional should know about and care about. She shared that we are capable of so much more than that. Jasmine challenged the audience to make a conscious choice to activate their added value.
“Norm is just normal; the same. We are a diverse variety workforce,” she stated. Jasmine then explained how she went from being an Iowan girl to living and working in Fabulous Las Vegas. She had a dream to do great things, and she shared about how she came to work at Office Dynamics for Joan and later encouraged Joan to begin blogging, back in 2007.
Jasmine told us, “take what comes at you, your talents are waiting!”She described how five years ago when she started at OD, she was the lone person in the office, as Joan was out recuperating. It was a steep path for quite awhile. “I did what I knew how to do to begin” by jumping into administrative assistant work on her own, doing whatever she could find to do until Joan returned to the office.
“How do you find enjoyment and fulfillment?” She shared how her working career began back in Iowa, working as a temp worker scanning a seemingly endless supply of documents. All the other temps quit, some after only one day! She began her quest by always working with excellence and completing each task, no matter how boring: “If I don’t, who will?” This winning attitude has brought her success.
She became an observer, learning to understand the person she supported, learning their values and thought patterns. She followed Joan’s cues on a day to day basis. By understanding her surroundings, Jasmine was able to unlock her potential. She urged us to pay attention to and observe our executive.
When you make a mistake, or something is “off” then learn from it and don’t do it again.
Jasmine talked about having an even-keel or “zen” attitude. Someone in the office had to be calm and deal with the office needs and avoid chaos. She excelled at doing just that.
Next, she spoke about finding satisfaction: activate your talents yourself. If you don’t, either you won’t stay at that job, or you’ll be unhappy, or you might even be asked to leave! “We have to activate 100% of our talents every day. We are always on stage.”
Jasmine then asked Joan to take the stage, to share about “You, Incorporated” or, each person’s unique professional branding. “What will people remember about you? Even when you do not communicate you are still communicating. Make your brand intentional.” [Wow! that simple yet profound truth seems to trip up so many administrative professionals who don’t leverage this important feature about themselves, yet they will be the first to complain that they aren’t getting the serious, meaty projects!]
Jasmine had each participant take a few moments to write down 3 things that were their own unique value. Then they shared around the table with their peers. The admins at my table shared such wonderful talents and gifts — they were remarkable in their profession.
Continuing her presentation, Jasmine stated, “Possessing a talent is not using a talent.” She said we need to activate our talents and show them off, otherwise, it’s as though we did not have any at all. She said that if she painted beautiful pictures but then hid them in a closet, no one would admire the art or know she was an artist. That quote will remain with me forever. What I do not use I might as well not even have!
Then we got back into our peer groups to discuss reasonable ways we could demonstrate our talents. It was a great round-table discussion, with lots of ideas flowing.
Jasmine urged us not to cheat our organizations out of the quality, talented and engaged employees we could be. That’s an amazing way to think about our talents and gifts in the workplace!
In summary, she said that doing that didn’t just get her noticed, it got her ahead. “Are you happy in a small box called, ‘comfortable’?” she asked. “Are you ready for the possibilities that come with talent discovery?”
Jasmine told us that growth and learning are a continual cycle. Just when you are comfortable with the what and how —- BAM! It’s time to grow again!
She urged us to push and challenge each other to grow, by getting out of our comfort zones. Squash our obstacles and fears, so that we can overcome what stands in our way. We benefit from practice and preparation for the obstacles.
Staying power is starting, sticking with it and finishing it. “It’s an exhilarating journey – go back to your office and decide your path!”
Many participants were challenged and inspired by her presentation. It was a fabulous “first” to add to her astounding bouquet of administrative accomplishments, and it will be long remembered for its wisdom.