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  • feedwordpress 19:11:02 on 2018/12/07 Permalink
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    Things Assistants Do That Executives Appreciate 

     

    I am very fortunate in that I get to read fabulous letters from executives touting the behavior changes they see in their executive or administrative assistants after attending our Star Achievement Series® course. I love reading these letters as 1) I see the training we provided truly worked, but more importantly, 2) I learn what executives appreciate—what executives look for in an assistant—and what executives value and observe.

     

    Recently I have read more than 40 executive letters. These executive letters are one of the requirements for a Star Achievement Series® participant to receive their CEAP (Certified Executive Administrative Professional) designation.

    (Watch Joan present the top 12 during her Facebook Friday video, 12/7/2018)

    Ask yourself the following questions then compare it to the bulleted list below:

    1. Do I do this for my executive?
    2. If you answered “yes” to #1, ask yourself, “How often do I do this?” (This is an important question.)
    3. If you answered “no” to #1, then you might want to incorporate this behavior or habit into your routine.
    • Very aware of organizational priorities
    • Asks me key questions so I can better prepare for my meetings
    • More confidence when addressing conflict in a way that leverages relationships
    • Cultivates professional networks that help us accomplish our goals
    • Speaks up in my team meetings and has brought additional insights into our group forums that are highly valued
    • Open to feedback—productive and enjoyable
    • Takes the initiative and has the comfort level to proactively review documents in preparation for my meetings
    • Reviews my inbox for information that is timely and necessary
    • Truly wants to understand the business for her own learning to better engage and to help me get in front of things
    • More actively takes on a leadership role
    • Ensures we have clarity on meeting objectives, participating actively to ensure we make decisions, and leaving the door open for all participants to weigh in
    • More focus on prompting leaders to ensure critical team meetings occur
    • Increased confidence: more vocal, more influential and exudes a stronger presence with those she works with
    • Has become more inquisitive on my expectations, allowing both of us to think more strategically on where I spend my time and how we approach projects
    • Seeks me out to make sure we are on the same page regarding topics ranging from scheduling to organizational strategy
    • 100% accountable for his (the assistant) actions
    • Chooses the right medium of communication for impact
    • Actively prioritizes around critical deliverables and is always available and flexible
    • Communicates effectively while resolving problems with little to no direction from me
    • Proactive in selecting work that was better suited for her and me, so that both of us were more successful
    • Stands up for herself more often so that others do not take advantage of her accommodating personality
    • Always proactively planning for me thus reducing my set up and pre-coordination time of events
    • Ability to roll with the punches
    • Big picture thinker, looking for opportunities for us to gain efficiency and share best practices
    • Addresses his workload with a greater degree of proficiency and efficiency
    • My assistant looks at my calendar weeks away and helps me think about the time needed to complete projects or get ready for presentations
    • After meetings, my assistant follows up with me to see what “to do” I have from the meeting, if I need a follow-up meeting or if I need to send a recap of the meeting to attendees. This proactive thinking helps me stay ahead.
    • Leverages technology to help me stay organized
    • Relentless enthusiasm and truly wants to make a difference
    • Taken on the task of creating presentations for me or the team
    • Consciously adjusts communication style when addressing various leaders
    • Motivates and encourages peers
    • Manages peace and harmony; dealing with constant distractions daily
    • Takes networking skills very seriously, encouraging teamwork and collaboration throughout our organization
    • Completes assignments quickly and accurately
    • Takes the initiative to converse with me about the expectations and objectives and (she) will give regular feedback on how she is progressing
    • Helps me more with my exchanges of information with my peers
    • Leans in to better understand the whys behind decisions
    • Shows an eagerness to take on stretch assignments
    • Proactively solves problems
    • Appropriately assertive
    • Enables my success by staying two steps ahead
    • Proactively puts together documents for upcoming meetings
    • Takes swift action when given a deliverable
    • Effectively manages my calendar with efficiency in mind
    • Collaborates and communicates with the team without specific direction from me
    • Solution oriented in gathering information or data for an upcoming deliverable
    • (more) Strategic: developing more long-term and process planning to better support the overall operations, team and his actual role

    The Star Achievement Series® is the most comprehensive live training course for administrative and executive assistants. This course is only taught onsite. We offer several options ranging from our trainers coming onsite to having your staff certified to teach the program. If you are interested in learning more about this robust program, you can all 800-STAR-139 or visit https://officedynamics.com/star-achievement-series/

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  • feedwordpress 16:15:38 on 2018/10/09 Permalink
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    Tips for the Tourist in All of Us: The Savvy Admin’s Guide to Travel! 

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    I have been hosting the Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence for 25 years. I also host a high-end training program for executive assistants and administrative assistants called World Class Assistant, in Las Vegas. I have observed hundreds of assistants travel and heard numerous stories about their travel experiences both while in transit to Las Vegas and during their stay in Las Vegas.

    Since I travel most of the year and every trip is an adventure, many of the things I hear attendees complain about are typical, yet they appear to be larger than life to the attendee. What is most interesting is that administrative professionals are the ones who are very involved in their executive’s travels yet are not road warriors. It is for this very reason that I had Nancy Fraze, an Office Dynamics journalist, write, a list of Travel Tips. While these were written for our administrative professional conference attendees, they can apply to any trip you may whether it be a business trip or vacation. It will certainly reduce any travel stress you may experience.

    First and foremost: No trip is perfect! You must expect the unexpected and go with the flow. Adapt quickly and bring lots of reading materials for downtime at the airport.

    Town Cars vs. Taxi:
    Your choice should depend on the city you are traveling to, the distance you will be going from the airport to the hotel, and any other local traveling you will be doing—such as going from a hotel to a restaurant; plus the time of your arrival (are you arriving after dark and traveling alone?). I travel to many cities where a town car is not much more than a taxi and it is safer travel. Plus the town car is usually very professional, assists with your bags and pampers you by providing water, newspapers, and mints and shares good information about what to do in town, where to eat, where not to go. As a woman traveler, my safety is the #1 value I hold highest and I am willing to pay more for feeling safe.

    Hotel Shuttles:
    You need to find out if that hotel shuttle has specific times airport pick-up times. Does that schedule fit with your arrival? Or if it is a half hour out from your arrival time, is it worth it for you to sit around the airport and wait? It depends on what you need to do upon your arrival. Do you have lots of free time? Or do you need to get to your hotel, quickly unpack, and get to a meeting? It also depends on whether your flight arrived on time or not.

    Share Ground Transportation:
    Sharing a taxi or town car with other attendees from your organization may be a cost-effective alternative. Be organized and schedule your flights where you arrive within 15 or 20 minutes of each other or travel on the same flight. If you are traveling alone, find out who else is attending that administrative conference or a training event, coordinate arrival times and share your transportation. It takes being proactive and organized.

    Download Our Free Comprehensive Business Travel Planning Checklist Here.

    Hotel Requests or Repairs: Most hotels do their best to provide good customer service, neat and fully functional sleeping rooms, efficient staff, and tasty food. However, with that said, the hotel staff are people and people are not perfect. Equipment does burn out or needs maintenance. This is just a simple truth. Fire alarms inadvertently go off while you are in the shower! Air conditioners stop working. Walls are thin and you can hear the person in the other room talking. Guests will be outside your bedroom door at 11:00 p.m. laughing and showing no consideration that you have to get up at 6:00 a.m. for a full day at a conference or training.

    While it is upsetting when these things happen, and you may have been traveling all day only to arrive late, your room is too cold or too hot, you have not eaten all day, and your luggage did not arrive . . .

    • Remain calm.
    • Call the front desk from your hotel room phone and state your issue.
    • If you do not get a satisfactory response within 10 minutes (the repair person or a call that they are being dispatched), call the front desk again. Request to speak to the “Manager on Duty.”
    • For repairs such as burned out light bulbs, be aware that hotels often change them during the day while the cleaning staff is servicing your room. Simply report it and go on about your schedule.
    • Do not sit in your room waiting! The engineers often come into the room while I am at dinner or off to my training session.
    • Request a credit or $20.00 off your dinner if they have really messed up! Be assertive in a professional fashion.

    Ambiance: Hotels, restaurants, and spas spend thousands of dollars planning an ambiance that will please you. Most hotel rooms create an ambiance with lighting that is not as bright as you are used to at home. You may find the task light at the bedside table or desk area is necessary in order to enjoy reading in bed or to check emails at the desk. Hotels are designed for the vacation traveler even though the majority of their business is the business road warrior.

    Be flexible and remember to savor the unfamiliar and find the joy and beauty in it. You can also sink into a deliciously deep tub for a long soak; enjoy the marble shower or the marvelous scenery, not to mention the lighted makeup mirror! Or if these are not provided (find out ahead of time), then bring your own makeup mirror or little reading light.

    Expect the unexpected:
    When traveling, you must expect the unexpected. Perhaps your flight is delayed or overbooked. Perhaps you miss the shuttle, your baggage is delayed or lost; the hotel room is not quite ready when you arrive. This happens to every traveler at some point. When it happens to you, how will you respond?

    • Remain calm! (Again, we’ve all witnessed the cranky traveler – you don’t want to be that person.)
    • Prepare: pack a good book or your MP3 player so you can entertain yourself during downtime.
    • Consider it a learning experience that will help you know how best to help your executives when someday it happens to them!
    • Use your administrative skills and a winning attitude to find the joy in that unexpected moment, no matter what.
    • Remember: people are human and mistakes sometimes happen.
    • Keep a positive outlook throughout the unexpected experience. It feels much better than going through it any other way!

    Happy travels!

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    Travel tips provided by Nancy Fraze.

    Download Our Free Comprehensive Business Travel Planning Checklist Here.

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  • feedwordpress 15:41:09 on 2018/08/23 Permalink
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    Understanding the Stages of Growth 

    This infographic is created from the Executives & Assistants Working In Partnership: The Definitive Guide To Success, by Joan Burge.

    To better understand the people side of the partnership equation, it’s helpful to first understand the stages of growth. Below is a slightly adapted excerpt from Joan’s Star Achievement Series® training.

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    To order a copy of the Executives & Assistants Working In Partnership: The Definitive Guide To Success, CLICK HERE.

     

     

     

     

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  • feedwordpress 10:30:32 on 2018/08/21 Permalink
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    Manager Support 

    Two to Tango

    You and the person you support make up a team, even if it’s a small team. There are three stages in a team relationship. The first is learning to work together. Within that stage, each person tries to understand the other person’s work habits, communication style, and attitude. It’s a getting-to-know-you stage.

    The second stage revolves around partnership development. That encompasses knowing each other on a deeper level, such as knowing each other’s work values, specific likes and dislikes, the scope and depth of each other’s jobs, working in concert and seeing differences as assets vs. liabilities to the team.

    The third stage and probably the most rewarding one; I call synergy. It’s when two people click in spite of having different views and opinions. It results in anticipating the next step before your work partner tells you what it is or anticipating the next question he or she is going to ask.

    In this chapter, we’ll focus on the earliest stages. Stage three is often a by-product or, bonus, which comes from honing the other two stages.

    Keep Dancing

    In over 27 years of working with, interviewing, and coaching executives and office staff, I have realized that stellar teams work at building and maintaining a good relationship. They build it step-by-step and continuously monitor that relationship. There are very few teams enjoy instant rapport and work in unison. Whether you work together for one month or one year, it’s rewarding to create a star team. It makes work more enjoyable, reduces stress, and benefits the entire organization.

     

     

    This excerpt is from the book, Become An Inner Circle Assistant by Joan Burge. This is available for purchase at the Office Dynamics Success Store.

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  • feedwordpress 17:00:55 on 2018/06/20 Permalink
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    Office Dynamics Top 10 Blogs For Administrative Professionals 

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    Last week Office Dynamics sent an email to all of our subscribers saying, “Thank you,” and we also provided the Office Dynamics Top 10 Blogs For Administrative Professionals. We would like to make that message available to our social media and blog followers as well because you are part of this great family we have. Enjoy and once again, THANK YOU!

     


     

    Office Dynamics International has and always will be focused on YOU. Your training, your education, your professional advancement, and your overall well being is important to us.

    It is because of you that we are able to help and provide information to so many people and we just want to say THANK YOU!

    And as a thank you, we decided to provide you with our Top 10 Most Read Blogs. These are the 10 most popular blog posts that your peers in the industry (and outside the industry) have chosen to read.

    Please enjoy and feel free to comment on the posts and share them with your colleagues. If you wish to subscribe to the blog, please enter your email address in the subscribe section that is located at the top right of each blog post.

    Thank you so much,

    The Office Dynamics Team

     


     

    1. 9 Ways to Improve Your Organizational Skills

    2. Coping With Conflicting Priorities

    3. Why Being An Executive Assistant Is A Rewarding Career

    4. 8 Killer Tips For A Successful Executive And Assistant Partnership

    5. 3 Stages To Problem Solving For Administrative And Executive Assistants

    6. Qualities Of A Great Assistant

    7. A Secretary Vs An Executive Assistant

    8. Executive Assistant Time Management Tips

    9. How To Plan Business Travel & Business Travel Planning Checklists

    10. The Admin’s Guide To Organizing Digital Files

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