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Why should assistants choose to continue enhancing their skills?

In today’s competitive, high-energy marketplace, good enough is not enough. As a savvy executive or administrative assistant, you’ll want to maintain your competitive advantage while building increasing your chances of future success. Here are few reasons why.

Why Be a Star-Performing Executive or Administrative Assistant?

Unceasing Change 

It is predicted that in the next 10 years you will experience more changes than in the past 20 at an accelerated rate. These changes will cover everything from the equipment you use to the work you perform. Continually striving to be a Star Achiever will ensure the constant development and learning of skills so you aren’t left behind.

Molding Your Career
No one is handed a dream career “on a platter.” Each individual needs to step up to create his or her desired career. They need to make informed decisions and be accountable for their own actions and the outcome. You can thrive in these paradigm shifts by developing your skills, attitudes, team relationships beyond where they are today. Most importantly, you will need to create a realistic, workable, pro-active and positive strategy.

Competitive Marketplace
Now more than ever your company needs you to contribute to the organization by producing quality work, being a team player, improving work processes and sharing your knowledge. You need to do more than show up; you need to contribute! Many organizations are doing more work with fewer people. The people who are on the job must help their organization remain competitive by keeping their skills current and being the best they can be.

Pace at Which We Work
The supersonic fast-paced workplace pace of work demands that we be alert, sharp, inquisitive, and thought leaders who anticipate issues and have solutions ready at hand. Every employee is expected to be creative and innovative. Because of who administrative professionals support in the organization, they need to be clearer, more focused, more resilient, better prepared for anything that comes their way and be masters of time and energy.

Senior Executives Have Higher Expectations of Administrative Staff
While there has been a big shift over recent years with assistants supporting more than one leader, senior executives are raising the bar higher. If you already work for a top-level executive, you need to sharpen the saw. If you have aspirations of advancing in the profession, you must prepare now for opportunities that might arise later.

Build Confidence
Star-performing assistants are confident about their skills and abilities. Should something happen, they will find another opportunity to use their talents. Being at your very best arms you with a bag of top-notch skills you can take anywhere.

Personal Satisfaction & Enhanced Self-Image
Who you are today is not all you are capable of becoming. Maybe you have placed yourself in a box over the past several years. Maybe a manager or co-worker has belittled your efforts, making you believe you can do no more than what you are doing today.

I’d love to hear from you. What did I miss? Why should assistants choose to continue enhancing their skills?

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