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    10 Ways Meditation Can Make You a Better Leader 


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    Mindfulness is a growing concept in business, one that’s been adopted around the world. Many top leaders practice daily meditation–they’ve experienced its benefits and value, and they report that it makes them a better and more successful leader.

    On the basis of their executives’ experience, companies are beginning to integrate mindfulness techniques into their high potential programs, with the goal of creating agile and flexible mindsets in their developing leaders.

    If you are still among the skeptics, here are 10 ways mediation can make you a better and more successful leader:

    Sharpening your attention. Research shows that a daily mediation practice can help individuals sharpen their focus and improve on their concentration. Our minds tend to wander about half the time, but with meditation you can teach yourself to curb distractions and strengthen your ability to focus.

    Developing self-awareness. Meditation naturally leads to increased introspection, which in turn allows you to recover faster when provoked, disengage when you need to, and control bad habits.

    Building resiliency. By decreasing anxiety, meditation may be able to boost resilience and performance under stress. Daily mediation can help you keep your composure and reduce the impact of stress.

    Cultivating emotional intelligence. A mindfulness practice can help you slow down enough to manage your emotions and respond with empathy and logic. People who practice mindfulness have greater control over their emotions and are less likely to react impulsively to frustrating or emotionally charged situations. This could aid in making more logical decisions and remaining calm.

    Enhancing creativity. Studies on creativity suggest that we come up with our greatest insights and biggest breakthroughs when we are in a more meditative and relaxed state of mind. That is when we have the “aha!” moments. Meditation encourages divergent thinking, which generates multiple solutions and is a key component of creativity.

    Deepening relationships. Leaders who meditate daily report higher levels of satisfaction in their personal and professional relationships. Meditation can help protect you from the negative effects of the conflict and challenges that are built in to relationships.

    Controlling anxiety. Leadership comes with a burden of constant apprehension and concern, and learning to reduce anxiety is among the most valuable benefits of meditation and mindfulness.

    Building confidence. Meditating teaches you to stop rushing between things and limiting yourself. It makes you believe that you can accomplish all the things you thought were impossible.

    Improving sleep. About 50 percent of people experience insomnia at some point in their lives. Studies show that meditation can help you get to sleep sooner and stay asleep for longer period of time. It teaches you techniques for redirecting or controlling the racing thoughts that frequently result in insomnia, helping you feel relaxed, tension-free, and peaceful.

    Fostering equanimity. Especially when it feels like everything’s falling apart, a tool that gives you peace of mind and composure and helps you stay calm and level-headed is a good investment of your time and energy.

    Lead from within: Meditation is a secret weapon. If you want to be a better and more successful leader, cultivate it as a daily practice.

     


     

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    The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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    Teach Your Executive How to Work with You 


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    Today, I thought I’d take a little different spin and share with you an excerpt from a chapter in my newest book for assistants, Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed.

    In my early days as a secretary I didn’t know how to teach my executives how to work with me or what I needed. However, at 26, thanks to an awesome executive, I learned how a strategic partnership should work and I taught every executive after that how to work with me. Here are a few quick tips.

    • Ask for challenging assignments. Sometimes executives just don’t think to give you challenging assignments. Or often they are thinking about the time they will have to spend to teach you. I’m here to tell you, I often asked my executives to give me more, teach me, and that I would handle it. This is a huge benefit to you because you grow your skill set. You become a more valuable asset because now they are relying on you for that task or piece of the project. It also keeps you from getting bored at work, which is the worst thing to happen!
    • Maintain your processes even during busy times. You and your executive should have clear processes on every aspect of the typical tasks that need to be performed. For years I have coached executives and assistants how to implement processes on everything from daily huddles to debrief meetings, managing email, travel planning, and holding quarterly strategic meetings. What often happens is when work or business gets really crazy, processes get put aside such as regular huddles. That is when I notice the most problems occur. So first, you must have excellent processes in place. Second, stick with your processes. Or if you get off schedule because of heavy executive travel, get back on schedule as soon as possible.
    • Demonstrate what you can do for them. Don’t always ask for permission. For example, maybe you can think of a better way to spruce up your executive’s PowerPoint presentation. Don’t ask if it’s okay to change it, just change it. Show it to him. Let your executive see what you are capable of doing.
    • Communicate your desire to help and be a business partner. Don’t wait to be asked to the party. Let your executive know you want to create this partnership and the benefits both of you will derive from doing so. Now not every executive or manager will want this partnership. If you support multiple managers, you won’t have the time to build strategic partnerships with each of them. I can safely say, though, that today’s progressive leaders want to have a partnership. They have a more modern approach, which is the perfect opportunity for you to speak up.

    This week, look for ways to teach your executive how to better work with you.

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  • feedwordpress 19:36:00 on 2019/02/14 Permalink
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    How Should an Executive Assistant Conduct Themselves? – Ask An Admin 


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    This is a special Ask an Admin because it is time sensitive and we are helping a new executive assistant in Europe! So, administrative professionals from around the world, let’s try to help!

    Katrien, from Belgium says:

    I will start a new challenge as a Executive Assistant and I am very much looking forward to that. In February all colleagues (also the new ones) are invited at a company event in New Orleans, Louisiana. This means a long haul flight of 11 hours with 200 colleagues in one airplane. And a whole business week full of work and leisure events. I am a bit nervous though about a few things:

    1. How to remain professional at all times considering the long flight and tiredness/sleep it will involve.
    2. What to wear on the flight as I like to be comfortable but still professional.
    3. What to wear when casual is required at some events; I don’t like wearing “jeans and sneakers” at work.

    Katrien will be taking that flight next week so let’s try to get all the information, tips, and tricks to her as soon as we can! Side note…congratulations on your promotion Katrien!

    ATTENTION: If you’ve submitted your response on our Ask an Admin blog post, please be patient to see your response and other responses. We have to manually approve them to prevent spammers and profanity. If you do not see your response right away, please give it time and revisit. We apologize for this but this is the best way we can keep YOUR blog clean! Thank you, everyone!


    About Ask an Admin:

    Ask an Admin will be a weekly post on our blog that presents a question that you or a fellow administrative professional submitted to us. We will choose one question per week and post it on our blog.

    If you have a question that you would like to submit, please send it to officedynamics.aaa@gmail.com and include the name you would like us to use.

    If you want to subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss any posts, please visit https://officedynamics.com/blog/ and subscribe in the right-hand column.

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  • feedwordpress 09:00:07 on 2019/02/14 Permalink
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    The Best Ways to Motivate People Effectively, Without Authority 


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    To be an effective leader, you need to stay on the right side of the line between motivating people and trying to hold control or power over them. Leadership doesn’t need to lean on authority; it never asks people to do things with a parental “because I said so.”

    Leadership is complex. Many leaders think their position carries a right—even an obligation, in tough times—to make demands. But it’s exactly in those tough times that people need a leader who can manage effectively. Ideally, that means bringing together a diverse team with different expertise, skills and work styles and exploring different ways of moving your organization toward its goals. As the leader, you have accountability, authority. To accomplish the team’s goals, you’ll be expected—among other things—to motivate, facilitate, encourage, communicate effectively, build trust, and resolve conflict. And that is leadership.

    So how do you motivate people without authority? Here are some possibilities:

    Cultivate a healthy culture. Establish a relaxed environment where everyone is encouraged to speak up and share their opinions and ideas. A respectful, encouraging climate makes people feel valued and motivated to work hard and accomplish great things.

    Set goals that give direction. Leadership depends on setting understandable and attainable goals. When you bring together a diverse set of people, clear, specific goals are even more essential. Team members have their own perspectives and views that can lead your team in different directions to the point that they’re going in circles if there’s no central direction. Work to earn the respect of your team to protect it from conflict, friction, dispute or discord. Set he goals and direction in such a way that everyone feels they are supported and motivated.

    Get rid of dumb rules. A heavy-handed approach can lead to resentment and noncompliance. Get rid of any rules and regulations that aren’t really necessary. If you’re stuck in an old model of arbitrary regulations, learn to adapt to the changing environment. Freeing people up from being policed over dumb rules is always motivating.

    Make relationships partnerships. If people believe you are in it with them, it will motivate them to work harder to succeed. Partnership creates community; it means that together you will accomplish great things. Thinking of yourself as a partner helps keep you flexible and inspires others to do great things.

    Empower people to be great. Leaders who give power to others can be very influential and motivating. When you use your power to help others accomplish great things, they will naturally feel a sense of trust. And when people feel trust, they take more responsibility for outcomes. Empowerment is a great motivator, and it can be used to recognize the efforts of those who work hard and achieve success.

    Leading a team is a definite challenge that can put all your skills to the test—from setting goals to involving team members in decision making to creating a climate of openness and honesty. But when you demonstrate that you believe in the value of their work and you’re willing to help overcome any obstacles they encounter, they will respect your integrity and work hard to achieve great results.

    Lead from within: If you remember to put your team’s needs first and work hard to protect their interests, you’ll prove to them that you’re passionately committed to their success.

     


    N A T I O N A L   B E S T S E L L E R
    The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

    buy now

     


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

     

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    Why it’s Worth Sending Your Administrative Assistant to a Conference 


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    “Why is it worth sending my administrative assistant to a conference?” is a question that a lot of executives ask themselves when they know there is so much free content on the internet their assistant can learn from.

    However, we all know that attending an in-person administrative conference is light years ahead of watching an online webinar.

    Besides all the fun perks, the chance to travel to a new city, and once in a lifetime experiences there are more reasons to invest in your administrative and executive assistant.

    Knowledge. Conferences are the best place to discover new trends and practices. Administrative assistants from around the world gather at the Conference for Administrative Excellence and share their stories, experiences, and best practices with one another. This creates a vast pool of knowledge and potential.

    Top Minds. Conferences not only attract those that want to excel in their work but they also attract some of the top minds and trail blazers of the industry. The speakers that come to the Conference for Administrative Excellence not only have worked for some of the biggest names but have also established themselves as distinguished figures in the administrative and executive assistant industry.

    Discovery. Attending a conference will allow your administrative or executive assistant to discover new trends, techniques, groundbreaking ideas, and practices that will help propel them and your business to new heights.

    Networking. Attending a conference will allow the attendees to surround themselves with like-minded people that strive to exceed the expectations of their managers and executives. By surrounding themselves with these type of hard working individuals it allows them to make connections that could not only last a life time but carry on to future business ventures.

    Taking a step away. Sometimes taking a step away can lead to a greater solution and by attending a conference your administrative or executive assistant will be given the chance to step away from their current work (momentarily) and put their focus on something else that is constructive and beneficial for the business long-run.

    Investing in your administrative or executive assistant is not just an investment in them, it is an investment in your company and your company’s future. The Conference for Administrative Excellence has been providing some of the industry’s best practices to administrative assistants and executive assistants from around the world, for decades. Click here, to learn more about the Conference for Administrative Excellence.

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