What are the eight must-have skills for executive and administrative assistants for today? As you enter into 2017, be sure you are equipped with this top-notch skill set. Joan also talks about one bonus skill, tune in to see what it is.
Well, I have finally recuperated from our big annual conference for administrative excellence. We hosted 250 energetic administrative professionals from around the world for 4 days. We had an awesome event and amazing speakers this year who taught us how to be resilient. Each speaker took a different facet or element of resiliency and I talked about being proactively resilient. I want to share with you some of the advice we heard throughout our 4 day event. If you are interested in hearing all of our amazing speakers, you can purchase the Conference On Demand (available soon). [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
Hello Monday Motivators! I was very fortunate to host a webinar earlier this month with the amazing Adam Timm. Adam was a 9-1-1 dispatcher for the Los Angeles Police Department. He suffered for years with chronic tension headaches, ulcers and a bad attitude. He finally found a way out of his madness into a purposeful life.
Adam provided several useful tips for our webinar audience and I’d like to share some of them with you. These are tips and advice that really stood out for me. If you would like to view the entire one-hour webinar, check it out here on our blog. Adam also is going to be a speaker at our annual conference for administrative excellence this October.
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Can’t attend the live webinar? Don’t worry! All registered attendees will receive access to the recorded webinar.
Three Keys to Making This Your Best Week Ever
Guest Post by Adam Timm, Speaker at 2015 Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence.
Regular breaks are a great way to stay positive and uplifted throughout the day… you’re not working through your breaks, are you?
Does this sound like you?
– You normally work through your break periods.
– You eat your meals at your desk or miss lunch entirely.
– You head into work early and you leave too late.
– You bring work home at night and sometimes over the weekends.
Now, we’re not going to harp into you all the reasons why you must take a break, instead we’re going to give you 5 steps to take a much needed break.