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    Impacts of Corona Virus and the Tech Sector 


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    Drones are being mounted with thermal cameras to identify infected citizens, and used for crowd monitoring. by Jeremiah Owyang, Tech AnalystIf you’re like me, you’re carefully watching the news about the fast spreading contagion as it disrupts the globe in a variety of ways. The COVID-10, also know as the Corona Virus has caused wide-reaching impacts to society, economics, and political relationships. This post will focus in on the impacts and responses to and from the technology sector. AI could fight current and future viruses. Harnessing incredible amounts of data from infected people a global network of AI, backed by scientists could work in a networked way to predict, solve and eradicate viruses. Electronics production slows. Multiple electronic companies from … Continue readingImpacts of Corona Virus and the Tech Sector
     
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    How to Help Your Team Feel Their Purpose at Work 


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    Studies have confirmed what we already know: employees with a strong sense of purpose are likely to be not only happier but also more effective, more productive and more results-oriented. Purpose-driven professionals are extremely valuable talent. So why are the organizations that foster a sense of purpose so scarce?

    There are lots of reasons. Shrinking budgets, bad leadership, inflated demands all contribute to the loss of purpose. In far too many workplaces, you’ll find individuals who are working harder and putting in longer hours but without much conviction. The resulting culture is one of demotivation and disengagement.

    For everyone to be at their best, it’s important to encourage ever individual on your team to stay connected to their sense of purpose. Here are some ways to make it happen:

    Make it personal. Purpose can’t come from a directive; it has to be felt. It’s not enough to talk about it. You need to show it and live it every day to set the tone.

    Connect to a greater cause. For people to feel a sense of pride in what they do, they need to know that they are making a difference in people’s lives. If you can connect the success of your organization to the benefit of society at large, to show how it serves a greater cause, people will find not only pride but also meaning in their day-to-day grind.

    Offer frequent recognition. Give people frequent recognition for their work, showing how it contributes to the greater goals of the organization. When you do, people feel valued and connected, and they want to do more and be more.

    Promote self-development. When you provide opportunities for ongoing training and development, both professionally and personally, you energize people and set them up for long-term success. Investing in your people is an effective way to keep them motivated, loyal and connected to a sense of purpose.

    Spread the positivity. To deepen connections between your team and the people they’re serving in their work, encourage group or individual involvement in a volunteer project—ideally one related to the work you do. For example, if you work for a publisher, look for a program working with adult literacy or children’s reading. Encourage mentorship and shared expertise, too. As a bonus, the bonds between team members will be strengthened as well.

    Keep purpose at the center. When you center your team and your own leadership on shared purpose, it becomes internalized and in time grows to become the focus of the workplace culture. For your team to know who they are and how they make a difference all starts by leading from within.

    Purpose is a grand word, but in the end, it’s about serving and benefiting others. If you keep that in mind and lead from within, you’re certain to find success.

    Lead from within: Purpose is a powerful tool for leaders who want to bring their best to work and inspire others to do the same.

     


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    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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  • feedwordpress 09:00:39 on 2020/02/20 Permalink
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    What to Do When Your Boss Is the Conflict 


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    I often get calls from HR managers about difficult leaders who need help, but one stands out in my memory. It was from the HR director of a pharmaceutical company, who said, “We have an executive who’s arrogant, angry and forceful all the time and he’s constantly causing conflict—he’s a menace to the organization.”

    My first common-sense question was “Why don’t you fire him?”

    “We can’t,” the HR director said. He’s brilliant, and he’s turned the company around. We need him.”

    And so a call was set up and I started to work with—as his colleagues called him—the leader from hell. The process I used with him followed five discrete steps:

    Developing a relationship. For weeks I worked on building a relationship with my new client. I asked about his family, his parents, his kids. I learned about where he grew up and went to school, his hobbies and his passions.

    Discovering the driver. Once we were comfortable together, I asked him one day, what drove him in his work. His answer was thoughtful and eloquent. He had planned to become a doctor but he couldn’t hack the pre-med academics, so he studied business with an aim of working for a pharmaceutical firm. He was still helping patients, still connected to his original goals, but in a way that better suited his aptitude.

    Understanding the issue. As I spent time with my client at work, I saw that he was generally calm but sometimes had outbursts with colleagues or direct reports, treating them curtly and almost abusively. When I asked him why he let his emotions get the best of him, he shrugged and said, “I don’t know, I get impatient.” Similarly, he couldn’t understand his co-workers’ responses: “Don’t they see I mean well? It’s just a moment of anger.”

    Teaching new skills. In leadership, as any other field, there are things you need to know that are never taught in school. For the next year, my client and I worked on the skills he needed to learn—what I called best practices. For the first time he had resources for regulating his emotions, which helped him feel empowered and in control—and better able to deal calmly with whatever was happening.

    Reconciliation. I had him call a meeting with his team where he acknowledged his past behavior, discussed the steps he had taken to improve, and explained that moving forward he would be asking for feedback and responses.

    The end result in this case was a good one, a perfect illustration of the adage “when you know better you do better.” In about a year, my client had become not only a good leader but a great one—a leader who leads from within.

    It isn’t always so smooth. And if the problem is someone in leadership above you, you really aren’t in a position to require coaching or remediation. But you can still follow some version of the steps outlined here: Work to understand what’s underlying the behavior, model positive skills, and communicate as best you can the consequences of the person’s behavior. If they refuse to show any sign of willingness to change, you have a problem, because destructive behavior can’t be tolerated. If you’re in senior management or HR, that may mean setting a disciplinary process into effect. If not, and if reporting the behavior doesn’t bring about change, it may mean looking for a new position in a less toxic environment.

    Lead from within: When a leader is causing conflict, you have to get to the underlying cause and turn it around if you can. If that effort fails, you have to make decisions that are aligned with your company’s values and your own.

     


    #1 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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  • feedwordpress 18:15:00 on 2020/02/19 Permalink
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    What Are Some Measurable KPIs for Executive Assistants? – Ask an Admin 


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    Ask an Admin was created by Office Dynamics to help administrative professionals with their problems through the help of their peers. We don’t always have an answer to each individual’s problem but we know some of you might. Please read the question and comment below.

    Marje M asks:

    My boss is making me write my own Key Performance Indicators.

    What do you suggest for measurable ones for an Executive Assistant?

    Thank you!

    Please share your thoughts and advice in the comments below.


    Want to learn more about Ask an Admin and how to submit your own question? Click here
    

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    2020 Training Opportunities for Administrative Assistants 


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    There’s a saying that success is 5% strategy and 95% mindset. When you set your mind to improving your job skills, you take control of your life to reach your full potential. It results in you performing at your optimum level. That leads to opportunities for your career advancement.

    We at Office Dynamics want you to grow and become highly efficient in your role. We offer a variety of live learning events, opportunities, and resources to increase your effectiveness. And in honor of our 30- Year Anniversary, we are offering more administrative courses, cities, and dates.

    Here’s what we have in store for administrative professionals in 2020:

    Joan’s 30 Year Anniversary Tour – Timeless Skills for Assistants

    1 Day Training, 4 Cities

    In celebration of Office Dynamics’ 30th year anniversary, Joan Burge will be conducting this one-day training event at four (4) major cities near you. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn timeless administrative skills from the rock star of the administrative professionals’ world.

    Orlando: April 22, 2020 (Admin. Professionals Day)
    Chicago: June 3, 2020
    Denver: June 24, 2020
    Nashville: October 8, 2020

    World Class Assistant™ Designation Course

    The first to recognize assistants as “strategic business partners,” this certification and curriculum-based designation program is designed to polish administrative professionals for upward mobility and current-level stellar performance.

    Houston, TX – March 11-13, 2020
    Las Vegas, NV – March 11-13, 2020
    San Jose, CA – TBD
    Nashville, TN – April 22-24, 2020
    Chicago, IL – May 13-15, 2020
    Boston, MA – June 17-19, 2020
    Baltimore, MD – August 12-14, 2020
    Las Vegas, NV – September 16-18, 2020
    Seattle, WA – September 23-25, 2020
    San Jose, CA – October 5 – 7, 2020
    Denver, CO – October 14-16, 2020

    27th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence: 2020 & Beyond

    Join 350+ assistants from around the world at the #1 conference for administrative professionals. Learn the skills and behaviors necessary to be successful within the administrative arena.

    Las Vegas, NV
    Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
    October 27-30, 2020


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    Make 2020 a winning year. Investing in yourself is a wise decision. Let us help you make it happen.

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