NOTE: Monday Motivators will not be published on November 2. We will be recuperating from our big conference!
Dear Monday Motivators,
Happy Monday! It’s that time of year again for the Office Dynamics staff to put everything they have got into high gear this week. We are one week out from our 22nd Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence, which sold out in May! While we have been preparing all year for this grand event, this week we will be working long hours to make sure every detail is in place and all is ready for our 250 attendees coming from around the world.
Our theme this year is about resiliency. This is a skill everyone needs regardless of their title or position. CEOs need to be resilient… and so does the person in the mail room. There are numerous elements of resiliency. In fact, I covered 9 elements in a webinar I hosted in February this year. They include: personal responsibility, realistic optimism, self-assurance, courageous communication and more.
Today, I want to give you a peek into a speech I am giving next week called Future-Proofing Your Career.
Future-proof refers to the ability of something to continue to be of value into the distant future; that the item does not become obsolete. So, I want to know what are you doing to prevent yourself from becoming obsolete? What investments are you making in yourself and your education that will ensure you continue to be of value into the distant future? How are you challenging yourself and expanding your mind? What skill sets are growing?
Whether you are planning to work one more year, three years or ten years, you need to assess the actions you are taking today to continue to be of value to your executive and your employer. I’m always amazed when I meet someone in the workplace and I ask them what their goals are for the next year or I talk to them about expanding their skill sets and they say to me, “I plan to coast until I retire. I’m just fine the way I am.” I think to myself, “How are you so sure everything is going to stay the same until you retire three or four years from now?” Nothing stays the same, whether it is in your personal life or professional life. No one can afford to rest on their laurels in today’s world.
To future-proof your career:
1. Be committed to life-long growth.
2. Be curious. Ask questions. And then, ask more questions.
3. Assess your strengths and areas for growth.
4. Write a plan for personal development.
5. Get honest feedback from your executive, peers, and co-workers.
6. Stay abreast of what is going on in your profession.
7. Always have a fallback plan.
8. Demonstrate leadership at work.
9. Every day, think about how you can add value.
10. Seek and listen to mentors.
11. Hire a career coach.
12. Give over-the-edge customer service to internal and external customers.
If you will not be at our conference next week, you can purchase the 22nd Annual Conference On Demand. Our speakers will be covering everything from proactive resilience to resilient leadership and being resilient through change.
Have a great week!
“We have to choose between two risks: First we can gamble on our old habits and watch our career skills gradually grow obsolete. Or we can accept the risks of the pioneer; the inventor; the explorer. The greater safety lies in choosing this second risk, even though it feels chancier than the first.” – Price Pritchett
Registration Is Now Open for the 2016 Annual Conference
It’s true – we’ve announced our next event!
Our plan was to wait until after this year’s sold out event to announce next year’s #adminconf. Yet, every day we’ve received numerous calls and emails asking about the 2016 event. We decided to open registration early just for you!
This year’s event sold out in May. We do have more seats next year but we anticipate it will be another sold out event.
If you’re waiting for speaker details and the conference theme, we expect those will be announced in early November.
We are offering a limited number of seats at the Early Bird discount this year and for being a Monday Motivator subscriber we’re also offering you an additional $100 discount. Use code VIP2016 at checkout. For details of our event location and dates, visit: www.officedynamicsconference.com.