Every year, managers and human resources professionals like you struggle with the same issue: what to give their employees for the holidays. You’ve seen the looks on your employees’ faces when they all open the exact same pencil set or company tote bag and you don’t want to repeat that ever again. The question is, how do you find something personal, but still workplace appropriate, for each individual employee? With this handy shopping guide, all you’ll need to know is one interest or hobby and this year you’ll be handing out gifts that will put everyone in the holiday spirit. [Read more…]
These days, doesn’t it seem like we’re all getting lazy with our writing? Perhaps we can blame technology. Whatever the reason, poor writing skills can really call your professionalism into question. Errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling are just the tip of the iceberg. Being overly wordy, repetitive and vague can also create the impression that you lack confidence and competence, and that can spell career disaster for any administrative professional.
As an assistant, you probably also play the critical role of proofreader for the leaders you support. Without well-honed skills, you might miss some egregious error—or worse, insert an error of your own! These mistakes can be embarrassing, costly and damaging to credibility, for your leader and you.
In this free webinar replay, we tap into a great writing resource with special guest, Barbara McNichol. A seasoned editor and author of “Word Trippers: Your Ultimate Source for Choosing the Perfect Word When It Really Matters,” Barbara will teach you how to craft EVERYTHING you write with precision and intention. She will join Joan Burge, CEO of Office Dynamics and author of 7 books, to discuss why strong writing skills are vitally important for administrative professionals and to share strategies for boosting your professionalism through the written word.
Today, I want to talk about taking time to express your gratitude to others, whether you personally know them or not. This has come to light for me because, in the past 2 weeks, Jasmine and I have received personal handwritten notes, little gifts, cards, letters and emails of gratitude from people whose lives we have touched and didn’t even know it. One note was especially touching as the woman told us about a horrible car accident she was in and the difficult time she went through in therapy learning how to walk, eat and talk again. Can you imagine? She went on to say that it was Monday Motivators and our webinars that started getting her brain in gear. Wow!
It means so much to me when someone takes time to write a note of gratitude. It makes me feel really good to know I have touched someone’s heart and soul. I, too, can think of many people who have influenced my life and they didn’t even know it until I wrote a thank you note. [Read more…]
I hope your September is off to a good start. We are quite busy here at Office Dynamics getting ready for our big administrative conference in Las Vegas starting October 10. It’s always a lot of work but we love hosting more than 400 assistants from around the world.
Anyway, on to today’s topic: choosing what you focus on. Thanks to Jasmine Freeman who led our Friday Pillar Huddle, I was reminded about focusing on abundance and the positives in life rather than paying attention to all the negative news, people, and events. For decades I have known the importance of choosing where we focus and how it impacts our moods, work and how we treat others during the day. In our huddle, we discussed things that have negative power over us, such as certain neighbors, the news, Facebook, etc. We have no control over the news and events that we hear about on the news. But the idea is to stop focusing on things you can’t control and focus on things you can control. For example, take the neighbor who never has anything good to say, that person will probably never change. You can stay away from that person or change the conversation to something positive if they start talking negatively. [Read more…]