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  • feedwordpress 00:21:33 on 2017/01/11 Permalink
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    The Accelerated Assistant Webinar Replay and Conference for Assistants 

    In our free webinar program, The Accelerated Assistant, we shared more about this year’s upcoming theme for our administrative assistant conference held every fall. The workplace is accelerating faster than anyone ever thought possible. Every day, we absorb more information, connect with more people, and utilize more technology than our ancestors did in their entire lives. In the coming year, we’ll experience more in a single day than we did in two days in the previous year. That is just the pace of modern life.

    We invite you to tune into the free replay of this webinar because an attendee you will learn:

    • The 7 key areas we need to accelerate and what that really means.
    • How to control the rate of acceleration (and why you have to take responsibility!).
    • Useful strategies for managing approaching “curves” in the road ahead.
    • The many ways in which your role is similar to that of a race car driver. (Hint: It’s a cool analogy that really works!)
    • Why slowing down is a counterintuitive but effective strategy for managing acceleration–and when you should do it.

    Watch the Webinar Replay: The Accelerated Assistant

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    Important Webinar Resources

    Other resources mentioned during the webinar

    • The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy

     

    Special Offer (Time Sensitive) – Join our conference for assistants this October!

    For a limited time, we are offering bonus items with your event registration. No coupon code necessary. When you register you will be sent access to the following programs. Early Bird seats are available at $100 off for a limited time. Regular price is $1,595.

     

    We hope to see you there!

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  • feedwordpress 11:55:36 on 2016/11/22 Permalink
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    What I Learned From 450 Revolutionary Assistants in Las Vegas 

    When I was asked to speak at the Office Dynamics Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence, I was ecstatic. It was the first time my company OfficeTeam was participating in the event. And in my nearly 20 years around the administrative staffing industry, I had heard only fantastic things about the conference. So did the revolutionary event live up to its billing? Without a doubt.

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    Upon entering the opening session at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, I immediately sensed how warm and inviting the group was. It didn’t take me long to also appreciate the strength and knowledge that was in that room – from the speakers and attendees alike.

    You Say You Want a Revolution …

    During the conference, I spoke about “Trailblazing Your Way to Career Success.” I discussed everything from thinking like a visionary to showing your initiative to developing an executive presence – all factors that will help you blaze trails at work. One thing I want to emphasize is that there’s no time like the present to show just how revolutionary you can be.

    Administrative staff are increasingly gaining influence in the office by challenging the norm, taking intelligent risks and going above and beyond their traditional roles to show their value. By doing the same, you, too, can become a trailblazer. Stretching beyond your comfort zone is always a little scary, but that’s the only way you’ll ever grow.

    I’m constantly in awe of individuals like Jasmine Freeman who have advanced their careers by forging their own paths. She started as a temporary professional with OfficeTeam, honing her skills and knocking down challenges one by one. By taking on various assignments, she discovered what she was good at and what she enjoyed doing most. Not everyone will have the same career path, but there’s nothing stopping you from taking a similar approach with your professional endeavors.

    officeteam-sponsor-assistant-conferenceWhat’s Next?

    As a speaker during the Office Dynamics conference, I’m grateful for everything I was able to take away from my time in Vegas. Not only was I inspired by the wealth of information and stories, but I’m excited about the revolution taking place in the administrative profession.

    Keep the momentum going! Continue pursuing opportunities to learn and be challenged. Step up to the plate and try something new. You’ll be glad you did and reap the benefits.

    We’re all fortunate to have training pioneers like Joan and her team in the corner for administrative professionals. OfficeTeam and I will also continue to do whatever we can to further the charge!

    Written by Brandi Britton
    Brandi Britton is a district president for OfficeTeam, the nation’s leading staffing service specializing in the temporary placement of highly skilled administrative and office support professionals. In her role, Brandi oversees operations for the company’s offices throughout Los Angeles and Ventura County. OfficeTeam has more than 300 locations worldwide and places tens of thousands of highly skilled candidates each year into positions ranging from executive and administrative assistant to receptionist and customer service representative. Brandi is a frequent speaker on employment issues and has been interviewed by the media on career, job search, workplace, hiring and management topics.

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  • feedwordpress 09:29:40 on 2016/10/26 Permalink
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    Revelations from the Revolution at the Conference for Administrative Excellence 

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    Just over a week ago, I had the honor of attending the Office Dynamics Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence. I was there both as a participant and a speaker, and the experience was, indeed, nothing short of revolutionary.

    As a proud former administrative professional, I consider myself intimately familiar with the unique challenges—and unique rewards—of the field. Though my career has evolved into training and development, I always feel most at home when surrounded by growth-oriented assistants. That’s one of the reasons I always jump at the opportunity to attend Conference.

    The theme for this year, in particular, really struck me: The Revolutionary Assistant. It’s no secret that the administrative field has dramatically changed over the years and will continue to do so. But what can we, collectively as a group, do to push our profession to the next level? How can we revolutionize our thinking and behaviors to not only meet the demands of the modern workplace, but to also lead the charge into the future?

    These are the questions I had going into the Conference, and I’m pleased to say that I not only found the answers, but also uncovered a whole new depth of thought around these same topics.

    Here are just a few of the key takeaways I received:

    While our workplace has changed, our challenges remain the same. To really resolve them once and for all, we have to change.  

    This was probably the biggest theme I saw repeated throughout each presentation. Daren Martin showed us how to think like an owner rather than an employee. Lisa Olsen encouraged us to embrace our inner Leonardo Da Vinci, one of the most groundbreaking artists and inventors the world has ever seen. I shared my perspectives on unleashing the power of proactivity to set yourself up for future success. And Joan inspired us to take bold action—because the “revolution” we’re leading is not merely theoretical; it’s practical. It’s about creating real solutions for our real world struggles.

    In short, each powerful presenter offered a new way of thinking about old problems. It was refreshing and eye-opening.

    Revolutionaries are seldom popular…and that’s okay.

    If you want to challenge the status quo and really pave the way for greatness ahead, you have to be willing to speak your truth, as Collette Carlson taught us. People are always more comfortable with silence. But being an advocate for change and improvement means being vocal. Joan taught us to be assertive and persistent, even in the face of naysayers. After all, in the end, it’s the revolutionaries who make history.

    The revolution we’re leading is not a solo activity; we’re always stronger together.

    This year’s conference had a great emphasis on peer-to-peer mentorship and, as Peggy Vasquez spoke about, leveraging your “inner circle.” We learned that together we have a much louder voice. We have access to a wealth of wisdom, experience and perspectives if we’re willing to reach out and connect with one another. It was inspiring to see the powerful relationships that formed during the event. People who were strangers on day one left as friends, partners and allies in the revolution!

    When it comes to conferences, I’ve attended many. There’s one thing I always say about the Office Dynamics Conference: It’s the little things that really make it special—the surprise attendee gifts, the interactive workshop-style activities, and the elaborate gala event to name just a few.

    It stands out because of the incredible caliber of speakers and attendees. It’s small enough to feel intimate and comfortable, but large enough to really be exciting.

    I’m so proud to have been a part of it. The revolution has certainly begun—but it’s not over. We have work to do. I, for one, am ready to charge ahead and put these exciting new ideas into action. Thank you to Joan, the Office Dynamics team, and everyone who attended!

    In case you were unable to attend our 2016 conference, there is an On Demand option available for purchase. Watch sessions from this year’s conference wherever and whenever. Watch Now!

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  • feedwordpress 08:43:25 on 2016/10/24 Permalink
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    Do you have what it takes to be Revolutionary? Admin Conference Recap 

    admin conferenceDo you have what it takes to be Revolutionary?

    Well, I have finally recuperated from hosting our big conference. It was a huge success and was worth all our time and energy. Our event this year was much bigger (in numbers) than 2015 and we were in a much larger convention space area than ever in the history of Office Dynamics so it took a tremendous amount of mental and physical energy on my part for 4 full days and nights. I was quite exhausted for several days after our event but it was the good kind as I was very pleased to meet the needs of hundreds of assistants.

    We had amazing speakers who focused on how to be revolutionary. I thought it would be fun and useful for me to share some of the best points I heard from our speakers and share a few of my own words of advice. Maybe you can think about how to apply the ideas to your own role.

    First, though, let me tell you why it’s important to be revolutionary:

    • Become an indispensable strategic asset to your leader and organization
    • Create opportunities for yourself
    • Minimize career risk
    • Be taken more seriously by management
    • Experience tremendous self-satisfaction
    • Be more influential

    Dr. Daren Martin is the author of the bestselling book, A Company of Owners. Daren encourages all employees to think like owners. Daren says “owners” are fundamentally different from employees. They have a psychological stake in the success of the company that drives their daily behavior. They treat the company as if it were their own. They take losses personally; celebrate successes as if they were their own; have an enterprise mentality versus a silo mentality. Is this you?

    Peggy Vasquez talked about creating your inner circle. She asked some self-reflection questions such as:

    • Who is influencing you?
    • Who are you role modeling?
    • Are you modeling behaviors that attract meaningful connection?

    I hosted a session with our Gold Sponsor, Steelcase Inc., regarding Making the Modern Workplace Work for You. We discussed the pros and cons of the new open collaborative office environment. While you currently may not be experiencing this, I’m sure it will come your way over the next few years. It will be important for all workers to be adaptable, flexible and considerate.

    We loved advice from Chrissy Scivicque, who just released her new book, The Proactive Professional. After years of research, Chrissy was able to identify the proactive skillset. How would you rate yourself in each of these areas?

    • Big picture understanding
    • Situational awareness
    • Future focus
    • Strategic foresight
    • Intentional action
    • Self-evaluation

    We absolutely loved Colette Carlson, author of Step Up and Speak Out! Colette said assertiveness shows respect to you and others. It’s a core belief we are equal as human beings regardless of job title, status or life experiences. She shared several timeless truths:

    • Speaking your truth is being honest with yourself.
    • Speaking your truth is being honest with others.
    • Speaking your truth is an alignment of your thoughts, words and actions.

    The ever-inspiring Lisa Olsen taught us how to think like Leonardo Da Vinci. Lisa reviewed the 6 Principles of Da Vinci Thinking. I’ll share one principle with you that you can start using right away, it is called Curiosity (an insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning). How can you sharpen your question asking skills so solutions will start to come to you? Here are some ideas:

    • Begin by asking the “naïve” questions that others are prone to overlook.
    • Ask awkward questions like: Why is this a problem? Is this the real issue? Why have we always done it this way?
    • Ask: What will happen if I ignore it? What possibilities have I not yet considered?

    We had several other awesome speakers but I will stop here since I’m sure you have to get back to your work.

    I am grateful for the opportunity to host another amazing conference and we are already planning our 24th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence which is themed The Accelerated Assistant.

    In case you were unable to attend our 2016 conference, there is an On Demand option available for purchase. Watch sessions from this year’s conference wherever and whenever. Watch Now!

    Have an awesome week.

    Joan Burge

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