Our 23rd Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence, The Revolutionary Assistant. This is a video recap from Joan Burge & Jasmine Freeman.
Just over a week ago, I had the honor of attending the Office Dynamics Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence. I was there both as a participant and a speaker, and the experience was, indeed, nothing short of revolutionary.
As a proud former administrative professional, I consider myself intimately familiar with the unique challenges—and unique rewards—of the field. Though my career has evolved into training and development, I always feel most at home when surrounded by growth-oriented assistants. That’s one of the reasons I always jump at the opportunity to attend Conference.
The theme for this year, in particular, really struck me: The Revolutionary Assistant. It’s no secret that the administrative field has dramatically changed over the years and will continue to do so. But what can we, collectively as a group, do to push our profession to the next level? How can we revolutionize our thinking and behaviors to not only meet the demands of the modern workplace, but to also lead the charge into the future?
These are the questions I had going into the Conference, and I’m pleased to say that I not only found the answers, but also uncovered a whole new depth of thought around these same topics.
Here are just a few of the key takeaways I received: [Read more…]
Tonight at 6:00 pm Pacific Time, Office Dynamics will kick off our 23rd Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence tonight with our Welcome Reception at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. We are excited to welcome more than 450 administrative professionals from 11 countries. This year’s conference theme is The Revolutionary Assistant.
So please excuse me for this short Monday Motivator. I’d like to encourage you, no matter your position at work, to be revolutionary.
Why? Because the world is changing at a rapid pace, you need to create opportunities for yourself (rather than wait for them to happen), be more influential, and minimize career risk. [Read more…]
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.
“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
Did you miss the webinar, The Resilient Assistant with Peggy Vasquez and Joan Burge? Watch the replay here: The Resilient Assistant.
Every administrative professional knows nothing in life or work is constant. In today’s workplace, we’re continually forced to adapt, shift, think and act on our toes, and just generally CHANGE (a word most people fear!). Those who are too rigidly attached to “the way things are” will constantly struggle to regain their footing when the inevitable upheaval happens. [Read more…]