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WEEK 10: Professional Development
“Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make,” says Joan Burge, Administrative Expert. Join Joan in this week’s free webinar to learn about the tools she has used to reach success.
Welcome to week ten, Professional Development or as I call it, investing in your future. If you’ve been going along in this entire series, then I know you believe in investing in your future and good for you! On going learning and development is in the forefront for administrative stars, and the key word is on going. Your future at work is going to depend on one thing, and that is you owning your career and investing in yourself.
The idea is there’s always something new to learn as long as you have an open mind. Here are a few tips for today:
- Use every tool that is available to you including people. With the mass amount of information sources, internet, smart phones, books, news papers, articles, CD’s, DVD’s and programs, it can almost be overwhelming. However, there is no excuse of why we can’t access some of these resources daily with an open mind and learn something new. Contrary to your financial availability, you don’t have to attend college to learn.
- Find a mentor. In my administrative career, I always looked up to the administrative assistant who worked for the presidents and vice presidents of the company. But, I also admired some admin staff that was just great workers! Another great mentor would be an executive; which I’ve always had throughout my career. It is important to get a mentor and keep one throughout your professional career as I have to this day.
- Invest in yourself. Too often, when an organization will not support their staff in going to a seminar or pay for a web broadcast, the admin says “well my boss said no, so I guess that’s it!” This is a very disappointing statement to hear because when you invest in yourself, it’s something you take with you for the rest of your life. As you learn information and absorb it, you are investing in your future, and no one can take that from you. Find yourself worthy enough to spend the money to invest in your future.
- Set goals. In setting your goals, be sure to that they mesh with you executives’ goals, the organizations goals or your company goals. If you’re not already doing so, I’d like to challenge you to set that as your next step in achieving administrative excellence.
Activity of the week: I have two. If you have Become an Inner Circle Assistant please do the exercise(s) on pages 194 and 195. If you don’t, I need you to see yourself as a company. Make two (2) columns; one will be for your assets and one for your liabilities. On the asset side, I want you to list 4-5 things that you’re good at, and on the liabilities side, I’d like you to list the areas that need work. The question is what will you do to transform your liability into an asset? As a business owner I cannot just sit back and let my liabilities exist, I have to come up with a plan of execution with my team, and then we make changes. Investing just $20.00 in Become an Inner Circle Assistant will be one of the best investments you could ever make and you will get the best return for the money you spent.