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  • feedwordpress 19:15:01 on 2019/04/24 Permalink
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    Administrative Professionals Day 2019 – A Message from Dana 


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    I recently received an email from Joan in her trademark professional encouraging style. I realize many of you received this email and maybe additional emails celebrating Administrative Professionals Day and our profession.

    Joan stated – Expand your mind; add to your skill set; challenge your thinking; look at your day in a new way; be a life-long student. You will amaze yourself! Who you are today is not all of what you are capable of becoming. Trust me. I congratulate you on how far you have come and where you are today. I encourage you to think bigger and become all you were created to be.

    Reading through Joan’s encouraging words I recalled the numerous amazing women that I met during the past two Conferences for Administrative Excellence and the opportunities I have had to talk with Joan and the Office Dynamics team. The themes of those interactions always encourage learning and challenging yourself while realizing how far you have already come.

    I am truly grateful for the recognition of this amazing profession that I have chosen for over 20 years. I admire and appreciate the diversity of our group; there is so much to learn from every experience level. By having opportunities to connect whether through social media, at conferences or through forums such as Ask an Admin we learn and grow from one another.

    Our profession is unique in the sense that so many of our skills are not only utilized professionally but personally as well. I have been focused on self-paced personal and professional growth & learning this year and I would love to know how you personally and/or professionally:

    • Expand your mind
    • Add to your skill set
    • Challenge your thinking
    • Look at your day in a new way
    • Be a life-long student

    I am grateful to everyone that I have had the opportunity to work with, connect with, learn from, mentor and be mentored by, and share best practices with along with sharing some amazing stories and several laughs and memories!

    Please enjoy Administrative Professionals Day. Even when the days have passed, I hope you continue to acknowledge your amazing abilities and take Joan’s advice to – think bigger and become all you were created to be.

    Dana Buchanan is a 20 plus year professional assistant with a passion for writing and offers a unique and professional perspective to projects and brainstorming sessions! She enjoys helping others discover key steps toward their career focus, job search, or self-employment exploration by creating or editing resumes, researching a particular type of job search, discovering business ideas and the action needed to succeed and loves sharing interviewing tips! Dana is also available to speak to small groups.

    You can read and follow Dana’s blogs at Success Encourager.

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  • feedwordpress 16:15:44 on 2019/03/29 Permalink
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    Administrative Professionals Day Gifts 


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    Where would you be without your administrative assistant? Who would handle all the nitty-gritty work that needs to be done plus the big picture stuff? Who would set up your travel and meetings and troubleshoot? Who has your back, no matter what?

    This coming Administrative Professionals Day I want to challenge you when it comes to thinking about a gift. If you truly value your administrative assistant, I want to challenge you to think beyond flowers and lunch. Flowers and lunches are a lovely gift, but they don’t last! Your assistant certainly doesn’t need another coffee mug or water bottle.

    Why not step up your game and show your assistant you truly value him or her as your administrative partner? Here are some ideas you probably have not considered for Administrative Professionals Day. 

    • Today’s assistant is hungry to learn. Whether it is a conference, online class, or educational materials, investing in your assistant’s professional development will not only make your assistant happy, but you will also reap the rewards.
    • Books are another great gift. Be sure to purchase books that are pertinent to the administrative profession. I have written 5 books for administrative assistants that come from my 20 years’ experience as an executive assistant and 28 years’ experience as a coach and trainer to secretaries and assistants.
    • Register your assistant for a course where your assistant can achieve a certification and professional designation. Designations for assistants are a big deal today. Our Certified World Class Assistant Designation (CWCA) is held by about 800+ assistants in the United States, making it a very prestigious designation.
    • Assistants also appreciate a gift card to a spa or an overnight stay at a hotel.

    So, this Administrative Professionals Day let’s go beyond just a little “token of appreciation.” Your assistant deserves bigger and better!

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    Joan Burge
    Founder and CEO
    Office Dynamics International

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  • feedwordpress 15:30:49 on 2018/04/30 Permalink
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    5 Ways to Be a Value-Added Employee 


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    I’m not sure if you know that 80% of my work is onsite training for administrative office professionals so I do a lot of traveling, in fact, 100% of my clients are out of state. From this point forward, I will be traveling extensively through September.

    While traveling gets old after a while and is tiring, I love what I learn when I go on site into an organization. I see employees in action in their environments. I meet executives and have great discussions. Observing administrative professionals at work is one of my greatest moments. When I’m facilitating a full-day workshop for assistant or executives about maximizing their assistant’s time, I experience several aha moments. I’ve been doing this for 28 years and I never grow weary of learning, experiencing, and coming home feeling rewarded!

    One thing I can tell you from working with top-notch organizations nationwide is that the bar is being raised for all employees across the board. Organizations are communicating that it is time to “step up your game” or you may not be in the game in months to come. I know this is hard on those of you who already contribute a great deal and truly are committed. Then we all know there are the slackers appearing to be doing work. But don’t lose hope. As spring brings everything into bloom, this is your time to bloom. This spring, let your brightest colors show through (meaning all your talents) and be in full bloom.

     

    Be a ‘value added’ employee

    How much value would you say your work adds to the organization? Have you ever thought about it? Now more than ever, not only is every employee expected to pull his or her own weight, each person’s work must add value to the organization. There are a number of ways to be what I call a “value-added” partner. Here are a few that can help you earn the rewards and recognition you deserve:

     

    1. Boost productivity. If you can think of ways to streamline your job (or the work processes in a department, for example), it’ll improve overall productivity. That means more can be accomplished in less time – and management is sure to appreciate that.

     

    1. Make money. Is there a profitable opportunity that your employer is not currently taking advantage of? Whether you are a manager or an assistant, if you are familiar with your business, you can often see ways to make money—perhaps by paying attention to competitors or watching trends. Speak up, or prepare a brief summary describing your idea. Profit-generating ideas are a sure-fire way to promote your value.

     

    1. Save money. “A penny saved is a penny earned” applies to the workplace, as well. In what ways could you help save your employer money? Propose them.

     

    1. Be proactive. Ultimately, the best way to demonstrate your value is to show you don’t have to be asked to do something. You do it because it makes sense – because it helps the business and your co-workers!

     

    1. Go the extra mile. You will be noticed. Anyone can do what is expected, but not everyone can go the extra mile. Think of ways you can take that one extra step or add that one extra special touch.

     

    Star Tip: Document your value-added efforts to ensure you reap the rewards over time. Share results with your leader as they occur, and then again at performance review time. Even if your organization has a salary freeze this year, keep doing your best. Trust me, it’ll pay off!

     

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    Joan Burge
    Founder and CEO

     

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  • feedwordpress 14:30:27 on 2018/04/25 Permalink
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    Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day! 


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    A message from Joan Burge, Founder and CEO of Office Dynamics International:

     

    Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day!

    The team at Office Dynamics is grateful for each and every one of you. You have enriched our lives, challenged us to think big, and honor us by supporting our work. There is no greater joy for us than to serve you.

    It is my hope that you will always hold your head up high in this profession. For decades I have said being an administrative or executive assistant is a Career of Choice. There are millions of good assistants who love what they do and have committed themselves to this highly-valued work. Do you really know how special you are to your executives and organizations? I hope so and not only on this day but throughout the year.

    Well, what can I possibly tell you that you haven’t heard before or read somewhere else in relation to Administrative Professionals Day?
    Have a grand vision for yourself in this profession. That does not mean you have to climb the ladder and work for a CEO. Maybe that is not your desire. I mean expand and grow where you are planted. Expand your mind; add to your skill set; challenge your thinking; look at your day in a new way; be a life-long student. You will amaze yourself! Who you are today is not all of what you are capable of becoming. Trust me.

    To have a grand vision, you have to dream and ignore the naysayers. They don’t know you! You know you. But sometimes you don’t even know yourself. Often when assistants show up for our training, they are already skilled and experienced. During the course of the training day, they are stretched out of their comfort zones because of the learning activities we facilitate. These seasoned assistants are excited to see, at the end of the class, that they tapped into potential they didn’t even realize was within them.

    I congratulate you on how far you have come and where you are today.

    I encourage you to think bigger, to take takes risks, and become all you were created to be.

     

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    Joan Burge
    Founder and CEO

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  • feedwordpress 14:30:30 on 2018/04/23 Permalink
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    Administrative Professionals’ Week 


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    A message from Joan Burge, Founder and CEO of Office Dynamics International:

    This is a very special week for the more than 4.5 million administrative professionals in the USA. Actually, this week is celebrated all over the world.

    I’d like to acknowledge all the great administrative assistants, executive assistants, and the more than 40+ titles that represent the group that holds organizations together. I hope that managers and organizations will recognize their business partners with more than flowers. While flowers are nice and I personally love fresh flowers, it’s nice to give long-lasting gifts.

    After sitting on the “executive” side of the desk since 1990, I know that I can only be as successful as the person who supports me and works in tandem with me each and every day. I want to take a moment to thank Melia Amira who keeps everything going in this office (including me). I trust her 100%. Because of that trust, I can be out of the office for a week of speaking engagements and know that everything will keep going.

    In interviewing a group of executives recently, the word ‘trust’ came up numerous times. The executives felt that was a key contributor to the type of relationship they had with their executive assistant. So, we have to trust each other. We have to trust that assistants will follow through on what we ask and we have to trust that executives will provide assistants with the tools and information they need to do a good job. By doing so, we will become dynamic teams and business partners transforming the workplace.

    If you are an administrative professional reading this, I hope you have a wonderful week. Thank you for all the contributions you make to the business world. It’s a wonderful time to be in this profession as it is filled with opportunities and challenges.

    If you are a manager or other non-administrative person reading this, please be sure to personally thank your administrative personnel for their hard work, dedication, support, and all the other 100 things they do for you and the others in your organization.

     

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    Joan Burge
    Founder and CEO

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