Guest Blog by Brenda Mason
Attitude of Gratitude. You see these outlined on the Successory signs in some of the conference rooms at work. Do people just pass them by, or do they use it everyday towards their work attitude, as well as life attitude. You can read gratitude books, hear about it in church on Sunday, about giving thanks for whatever is sent your way. But do we really live the life of gratitude. I know that I didn’t, until recently when I was able to confront my attitude about career changes. I enjoyed going into work everyday because I had the opportunity to work for a wonderful Senior Vice President for the past 13 years until he decided to leave the company. My life as I knew it had ended because I had a boss unlike any upper management, he truly cared about people. The fears of change and how my future was going to be affected was all I thought about. Thoughts of “why is this happening to me” were just a few attitude problems that consistently came to mind.
During this time change, I was not thinking about changing my attitude to gratitude for having the opportunity to learn something new. My true excellence as an administrative professional began to change when I reflected on something that Joan had said “Blossom where you are planted.” I began to think differently about this opportunity and even posted that saying at my desk. I began to change the way I saw things and excellence began to guide me towards my journey. We should all take a step forward and reflect on how our attitudes can affect our excellence as an administrative professional. We as professionals should seize all opportunities to learn a new side of the business, and to begin a new strategic partnership when the opportunity arises.
In excellence, we as administrative professionals should all remember that if you change the way you look at things, the things you look at tend to change.
Brenda Mason CPS/CAP, CWCA
Brenda began her career at Nationwide in 1978. She joined the Heart of Ohio Chapter in 1994 holding various positions on the Heart of Ohio and Dublin Chapter boards, as well as, membership, scholarship, social committee, nomination and seminar chair. As Membership Chair, Brenda assisted the Heart of Ohio and the Dublin Chapters win awards for membership. She facilitates the CPS and CAP classes as well as facilities the exam at the Dublin location in May and November.
She is a member of International Association of Administrative Professionals – Dublin Chapter, CPS Academy Member, Nationwide’s WCA Mentoring Program, and until disbandment, a member of the Mid-Ohio CPS Society. Due to Brenda’s achievements, she was placed in Who’s Who of Professional Management in 2002.