Why is it assistants are afraid to dig deep into their souls, or classroom material, or life philosophies? Administrative assistants and executive assistants are always telling me they want to be challenged, learn and be a better assistant, but when they show up to my classes, some of them don’t really delve into the material. They do surface work. They are usually the team that is always done first when given an assignment and they think they are superstar students. Not really; they aren’t delving and I can tell because the answers they provide are ones I have heard for years from assistants all over the country. The answers are top-of-mind thinking.
In many of my programs, I challenge attendees to take a close look inside themselves. I provide reflection time in class because we never have time outside of class and yet we need to do that for ourselves. We need to make time to look inside at our strengths and weaknesses and be ok with what we see. Our time with ourselves is more important than time with any other person because when we dig deep into who we are and work through that and bring our very best forward, we actually help those we care about; we become that great employee; that assistant who fosters and mentors; grow strategic partnerships; seek new information and become a student of life which enriches not only us, but everyone we touch.
What holds you back from digging deep?