Dana Buchanan is a 20 plus year professional assistant and coordinator with a passion for writing. Last year Dana attended our Conference for Administrative Excellence but in order for that to happen, she needed to justify the budget and explain the benefits to her executive. In her latest blog entry, “Professional Development Value,” she explains what she did to win her executive’s decision and how Office Dynamics helped her become a better assistant and writer! Read “Professional Development Value” and follow her blog by clicking the link!
When is the last time you thanked your assistant? Expressing your gratitude could increase your productivity.
I was in California speaking to a group of administrative assistants at a large corporation when one of the assistants told me how much a compliment from her executive means to her. She said, “When my executive tells me I’m doing a great job, I want to do even more for him.” “I want to go the extra mile; produce quality work; take things off my executive’s plate.”
It may seem like a small thing to you, but it carries a great deal of weight to your assistant. Try to remember to let your administrative or executive assistant know when she or he has done something that is to your liking or meets your expectations. It will go a long way. [Read more…]
Your assistant is your greatest asset, or will be after you read this.
In today’s fast-paced corporate world, many managers rely on the newest technology to help their company grow. Between e-mail, virtual assistants, smartphones, high-speed Internet connections and a host of other technological marvels, they mistakenly believe they are more independent than ever—making their own travel plans, managing their own Inbox, sending their own letters and scheduling their own meetings. In reality, however, these so-called independent managers have lost sight of the one asset that can truly impact the company’s bottom line: an empowered administrative assistant.
Unfortunately many assistants (also known as administrative professionals) are not taken seriously. In order to make the most of your administrative professional and advance your company’s mission, you need to treat your assistant like a partner and develop their skills on a daily basis. Only then will they have the know-how and confidence to make decisions and take charge of challenges that arise during the day. [Read more…]
It’s important that companies take into account workforce demographics, so they can effectively manage and utilize their talents for future growth. By 2020, 46 percent of your employees will be millennials. This new generation of workers are similar to older generations, as they desire adequate compensation, growth opportunities, and challenging work.
However, there are other factors that Millennials take into consideration when committing to a new job, including:
- Wanting to make a difference in the community
- Attaining a proper work-life balance
- Ensuring team building opportunities
- Having a creative work environment
Finding the perfect gift for your administrative assistant can be a daunting task since flowers and lunch no longer cut it. Today’s executive or administrative assistant wants a gift that is long-lasting. You might be thinking…. what about a cool coffee mug? Or what about a travel business tote or beautiful Levenger notepad and pen? Maybe you were considering a gift certificate to your assistant’s favorite restaurant or spa.
While those might be lovely gifts, they don’t really have the same impact as the gift of education. And the gift of education does not come easy or often for your assistant. In fact, thousands of administrative assistants will never attend an in-depth training program, conference, or take an online course because his or her company won’t pay for it. How sad is that when you consider organizations will easily fund training for their executives and managers? Yet, the administrative assistants who support them every day, rarely let them down and give with their heart, get little training.
If you want to be a stand-out executive with your assistant, I highly recommend giving one of the following gifts for Administrative Professionals Day or Week:
- Attendance at the 24th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence (October 2017)
- Attendance at the in depth World Class Assistant™ Certification and Professional Designation program (September 2017)
- Conference On Demand with 10 hours of learning from dynamic subject matter experts focused on the administrative profession
- Online courses
- Books, Audio Programs and more
ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS WEEK IS APRIL 24 – 28, 2017.
If you’re an administrative professional, please leave a comment below and let the world know what you would like for Administrative Professionals Day!
Administrative professionals are in a unique position to build incredibly powerful partnerships with the person or people they support. The bond that exists between executive and assistant can be truly special and it can create a distinct competitive advantage in the business world.
However, this kind of partnership doesn’t just happen. Assistants who don’t know the right strategies may find they struggle with poor communication and unclear expectations, which ultimately lead to dysfunctional relationships and lackluster performance.
Thankfully, Joan Burge has coached more than 200 executive and assistant teams, and she has the magic formula to create the kind of partnership you never even dreamed possible! With her guidance, you’ll learn how to approach this invaluable relationship strategically, and you’ll gain priceless insight to help you reach your professional goals. Together, you and your leader will leverage your combined strengths while minimizing shortcomings, and you’ll both experience greater job satisfaction and results.
Even those who already have strong partnerships know there is always room for improvement. Don’t miss this free webinar—the essential guide to building your star partnership.
As an attendee, you will learn…
- The difference between teamwork and a strategic partnership.
- How to think like an executive. (Hint: Figure out what keeps him/her awake at night!)
- Strategies to support multiple managers with finesse and ease.
- Tools to help clarify your manager’s expectations.
- Tips for resolving communication issues and getting valuable one-on-one time.
- How to provide positive upward feedback to your manager and continue growing together.
Build the kind of relationship you (and your executive) really want!