While administrative and executive assistants have a very good feel for the skills they need to do their job effectively, I like to hear from executives and get their perspective, which is important. I often survey managers and high-level executives on the skills, attitudes, and behaviors that are most important for an assistant to possess. Here are some non-edited, direct quotes from them demonstrating the skills that are important to executives. See how you measure up![Read more…]
This is part of a series by editor Barbara McNichol to provide tips that help you write like a pro.
You’ve probably been urged to use “active” verbs when you write but do you know why? Because sentences written with active verbs:
- Clearly spell out the action being performed and who is doing it.
- Convey the ideas more quickly and directly than passive sentences.
- Frequently require fewer words than passive sentences when space is limited.
Two clues help you identify “passive” use in a sentence: 1) the word “by” and 2) variations of the verb “to be.”
Passive—“Employees are seen by their managers as responsive and enthusiastic.”
Active—“Managers see their employees as responsive and enthusiastic.” [Read more…]
I hope you are feeling awesome today. I’m going to go out on a limb here and proclaim, even if you aren’t feeling awesome-yet, today is going to be awesome.
Do you ever wake up on a work day morning and think, “Another day going to work, taking the kids to day care, cooking dinner, and going to sleep. Is that all there is to life?” There are days we feel that way and there are weeks when we feel that way. We think, “Is this all there is—going to work, doing chores, paying bills, and hanging out with friends?”
But do you know what? Every day can be awesome for us. It’s a state of mind. I’ve gotten on a good walking routine in the morning. At first, this started out for medical reasons—I have to walk at least a half hour each day. But now, the walking is one of the best times of day for me because I take in the scenery, enjoy time with my 2 Golden Retrievers, breathe in the fresh air and appreciate being alive.
You don’t have to wait for something amazing to happen in your life to have an awesome day. [Read more…]