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Create a Welcoming Team Spirit!

Teamwork, Leadership
Why Your Leadership Matters.

Why?

Team Spirit is more than just having company pride. Team Spirit is a phenomenal tool to foster happiness, relationships, communication, teamwork and ultimately a productive workplace! Before you can coach your team on the importance of this concept, you must truly understand how vital this component is to your company. As an Administrative Professional, you are the guide who demonstrates these important principles. Dig deeper and find out specifically “Why?” it is important to introduce Team Spirit practices into your office. Is it to address an opportunity? Are there potential obstacles? Who may you need to work closely with to motivate them to get on board? Understanding and anticipation will go hand-in-hand to effectively execute Team Spirit practices.

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Attitude? What Attitude?

Happy Professional
4 Tricks to Having a Contagious Positive Attitude

1. What Drives You?

Behind every person walking into work, follows a reason. For some people it is a child, a partner – a family. For others it is possessions, getting that fabulous car or rewarding yourself with that Oscar-worthy outfit. Some people work to travel, experience new views, new cultures or meet new people. Some people just need to keep a roof over their head and food on their plate. However, according to a survey done by Workplace Dynamics, most people desire to feel connected and appreciated. Being able to identify your ultimate driving factor is essential to continuing to be the most incredibly motivated version of yourself.

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Setting Course for Success

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Advice for Newly Promoted Executives Managing Their First Assistant.

Importance of Relationship

Determining your mindset going into this new role is going to be one of the key factors of your success. As a leader, you are the Captain now, and therefore it is within your power and responsibility to set the course and navigate this partnership towards a “bright new world”! Your assistant is your first mate, and this strategic partnership has just entered the high seas. The success of your adventures will depend on the type of bond that you form and being able to know and play off of each other’s strengths and opportunities. Essentially, you are mapping out a course, not just of where you will travel together, but how this partnership will be executed.

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Spring Fling – Procrastinators Wanted

George Carlin — ‘A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff.’

First impressions are so important, and I don’t want to be defined by my cluttered desk or collection of random stuff spread out for all to see. Here are a few Points of Wisdom (POW) to help you move past procrastination and reflect an attitude of pride of ownership for your domain...

With the start of summer growing closer, getting your office and home organized is a priority for some and more of a pain for others. I take pride in being the organized one (both at work and in my personal life) but was taken back when my executive walked by my cube area and said jokingly, “Ahem, you might consider clearing off your desk and what’s with that pile of boxes that have been sitting there for more than a year?” He might have been teasing, but it shamed me into action. First impressions are so important, and I don’t want to be defined by my cluttered desk or collection of random stuff spread out for all to see. Here are a few Points of Wisdom (POW) to help you move past procrastination and reflect an attitude of pride of ownership for your domain:

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Admin Recognition — When the Day turned into a Week —

Admin Recognition — When the Day turned into a Week —

This past week for Administrative Professionals was the best ever. A celebration of recognition that originally was just one day, has turned into a global phenomenon and lasts a week. Locally, we enjoyed the celebration put on by OfficeNinjas and their Admin Bash event in Silicon Valley with over 500 Admins rock’n and roll’n. Capping a perfect week for us was the Silicon Valley Admin Awards, recognizing 9 outstanding Administrative Professionals for their dedication to both profession and employer.

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What’s Your Plan Of Action For An Active Shooter In The C-Suite?

Emergency Action Plans can be effective in evacuating people, and putting safety protocols in place, while emergency drills & training exercises can help you recognize the sound of gunshots, find evacuation routes, hiding places or last resort options. It is always wise to be prepared.
Given the news of late, it brought to mind the security procedures that were implemented by a previous employer. Several years ago, a panic button had been installed at my desk and my co-worker’s desk after a shooting had occurred at a Bay Area company. Just having that button at my fingertips calmed my nerves knowing that if I ever had the need to push it, help would instantly be on the way…or would it? After a year or two had passed, my co-worker and I began to wonder exactly what would happen if we pushed that button. We agreed it was time to review our emergency procedures with the head of security. We were stunned to find out that if the button was pushed, it would only alert our security department, they would then call our desk phone to ask if we were alright and if not then and only then would they call 911 for assistance. We joked that we would surely be dead by the time rescue arrived, but it is no longer a joking matter.

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Selecting a Partnership Style that Works with Your Manager

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. These words attributed to Confucius, the famed Chinese Philosopher who died in 479 BC, and since then the quote has been pointed toward more modern-day alumni, never-the-less, the adage still rings true today. But simply doing what you love to do may not be enough when you are part of a corporate environment.
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” These words attributed to Confucius, the famed Chinese Philosopher who died in 479 BC, and since then the quote has been pointed toward more modern-day alumni, never-the-less, the adage still rings true today. But simply “doing what you love to do” may not be enough when you are part of a corporate environment.

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Office Hero or Bully? The Choice is Clear!

You’ve heard the phrase, “no one likes a bully” and for the most part, “everyone loves a hero.” A bully wants to gain power and control people, a hero wants to empower people and help them thrive. Which would you rather be?

You’ve heard the phrase, “no one likes a bully” and for the most part, “everyone loves a hero.” A bully wants to gain power and control people, a hero wants to empower people and help them thrive. Which would you rather be?

As an Executive Assistant to a CEO or other high-ranking staff member, you have the opportunity to assume a leadership role in the company’s Administrative Community and accept the unwritten job requirement to be a company champion for Administrative Professionals throughout the organization. As you assume this role and go about managing workflow and/or effecting change to administrative systems, here are some Points-of-Wisdom (POW) for becoming the office hero, not the office bully.

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Surpassing Career and Work Hurdles

No matter who you are, career & work relationship hurdles will crop up when climbing the ladder of success.

I’ve been fortunate over my career never to have been fired or downsized out of a job. If it’s happened to you, it can be a lonely feeling. With the economy booming and employment on high, now is a great time to dust off your resume and freshen it up with your latest accomplishments. Being prepared for the “just-in-case” you find something better, won’t hurt.

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