Hello, Monday Motivators!
Welcome to another Monday and the 3rd of 4 MMs focusing on some of the best information from our 19th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence. Don’t worry if you are not an executive assistant because the information I am sharing with you below is for anyone who wants to Be Bold and master leadership in their life. Since we had many amazing speakers, I am sharing 4 of them with you today and will share the rest next Monday.
As you read the highlights from each speaker, do a self-check. How would you rate yourself in the areas they mention? Where do you really excel and where do you need to improve? Use their advice to guide you this week.
Lisa Olsen spoke on integrity. She used the following analogy.
“Integrity and The Parable of the Pie: it’s hard to bake just one piece. You bake the whole pie. Three parts of the pie: Actions we take, Commitment to standards, Knowledge and how we apply it.
1. We have respect for the conduct that is essential.
2. It is our responsibility to continually develop professionally.
3. We are responsible to break the stereotypes of our profession.”
I gave a State of the Administrative Profession – but again, all of us can relate this information to work workplace. “There are now four distinct generations employed in the workplace. We can benefit from all the generations. Bridge the gap with each other. It’s not them against us. It should be us trying to elevate the profession! There are benefits to all the generations. Be Bold! If you hear people talking negatively about another assistant, walk away from the negativity or else speak up for that person to advance the profession.”
Linda McFarland challenged attendees to take charge of their career. Linda began her presentation with a funny video, saying we should, “Put your ducks in a row!” Linda showed a video of a momma duck and her brood of babies blown about by a wind and the momma duck’s frantic and comical efforts to get them back into line.
“Do you manage your career or are you letting other people or the winds of change manage it? Nobody else controls your destiny but you. Do you have a plan? It’s okay if you don’t because we’ll make a plan today.
Self -awareness – What are your career goals? What challenges and excites you? What motivates you? What are your top three strengths? Are you a continuous learner? You always have to be up in your game. We drink from a fire hose every single day.”
Jennifer Lier took the stage to give a powerful, dramatic presentation that encouraged women to boldly create strategies to promote health and balance at home and at work. Jennifer centered her talk on BOLD:
“B- Brilliance. It’s how you walk. How you talk. Use your brilliance to remember that your office is your platform, your moment to shine.
O – Objective. Being objective allows you to be honest and to grow. You can’t move forward unless you’re honest with yourself ABOUT yourself! And remember, you can fix things!
L- Leader . You do not have to have a title to be a leader. Carry yourself with leadership, boldly. For example, don’t lower yourself to participate in office gossip. Take the high road and have integrity.
D- Decision. Jennifer challenged us to use handwriting more often, and especially when writing down goals and mission statements. Why? Because when we hand-write, it makes an indelible imprint on the brain. The only way to move forward is with intention.”
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Remember to be BOLD by taking the lead in your own life. As you become BOLD, you will positively affect those around you. Good luck and I wish you a fantastic week!
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