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

    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 14:30:52 on 2018/04/09 Permalink
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    Dreams Do Come True 

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    Dreams do come true and I am so excited this week that I can hardly contain myself. This week I am living a dream that I had about 20 years ago! I am going to work with one of the most highly respected and well-known companies in the world! I am going to be teaching our flagship training program for assistants, the Star Achievement Series®. And I won’t only be teaching this week, but I will be going to this company six times between now and September. I will be teaching 12 full-day workshops with three levels of learning. The point I want to make is that your biggest dreams can come true…. with hard work, commitment, persistence and keeping the faith.

     

    In the early days of starting my business, I dreamed of working with this company because in the training industry they are tops! No one trains their employees better than this organization. In the early years, I tried to think of ways to get into this company but I didn’t try real hard because I thought it was impossible. So what did I do? I went to work at building my craft. I spent years devoting myself to writing an impressive in-depth curriculum for administrative professionals of all levels and all walks of life. I was teaching that course in numerous organizations and I kept improving the curriculum time and time again. In fact, the Star Achievement Series® has had 16 revisions in 27 years. It has stood the test of time and thousands of assistants have attended the course and received their CEAP (Certified Executive Administrative Professional) designation.

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    About one year ago, I got a call from an individual from this amazing organization inquiring about the Star Achievement course. Now, after almost 12 months of conversations and tons of hours of back and forth emails, I am on a plane heading there today!

     

    This is really about you, though. It’s about you dreaming big, working hard, keeping the faith, never giving up and being a rock star at your calling. So here is my advice:

     

    1. Dream big! Often we dream way too small.
    1. Keep dreaming.
    1. Don’t let the naysayers squash your dream.
    1. Take your work, your gift, seriously. What have you been blessed with? Are you using your talents or are they just fading away?
    1. Polish your craft.
    1. Always put your best foot forward.
    1. Build a reputation of excellence.
    1. Set goals and monitor your progress.
    1. Enjoy the journey!

     

    What is your big dream? Deep down, what do you hope will happen in your life or your career? Have you given it any thought? Have you ever thought, “Wow, if this happens, it will be the ultimate?” You have to set these ideas in your mind so your subconscious can go to work. Just remember that it may take years for that dream to come true. But it is well worth the wait!

     

    Joan Burge

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  • feedwordpress 15:00:00 on 2018/03/30 Permalink
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    Make a Connection with Vacation 

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    Connection with vacation

    A few years ago I was out of the office for 12 days! The first 3 days, I had business in Cincinnati.  I then went from Cincinnati to Ft. Myers, Florida to join my 86-year old (active) father and my stepmom for a 9-day vacation.  This was a long-awaited and much-needed vacation and thank goodness for my Dad and Liz who are fun!  We did everything from just chilling out on the beach to sightseeing, shopping, eating and more eating, laughing and reminiscing.

    I tried my best to not be tethered to my phone, emails, texting and more.  It really is important to take a vacation when you are on vacation. Many of you may have already taken your spring break or might just be getting ready to go on vacation so I’d like to provide some tips either way.

    Post Vacation

    Of course, when you get home from vacation, you feel like you never even went away. But if you have had a good rest, you should be full of energy and ready to jump into your work.

    Those first two days back can feel overwhelming.  Emails have backed up or even if you were checking email, you still go back through to make sure you didn’t miss anything or you now have to take action on your emails.  Keep in mind that you can only do so much in 8 hours. Be easy on yourself; pace yourself; and take one item at a time.

    Prioritize and then focus.  As you view everything that has come across your desk whether they are phone calls, new assignments from your executive or your own project work:

    1. Assess all of it.
    2. Prioritize — seriously!  Ask yourself, “What is the impact if I don’t get this done in the next 48 hours?” That should help you sort your A priorities from your B and C.
    3. Focus.  That is key.  Stay focused on each task as you move through them.
    4. Cluster your time. For example, you would work on your Item A Priority; then make a few telephone calls; then sort through emails. This is far more effective than jumping around like a bouncing ball.
    5. Communicate realistic deadlines and when you can accomplish tasks that have been requested of you.  If you know you won’t have “X” done until Thursday,     don’t promise it for Tuesday at 5:00.  Be real with people.

    Pre Vacation

    There always seems to be last-minute chaos just before going on vacation.  I knew in plenty of time that my March vacation was coming up.  My initial thought (months out) was that I would take my time and pack over several weekends; meaning just pulling some clothes here and there or shoes and beach attire so I wouldn’t be rushed at the last minute.  Not so.  I was so busy with work, traveling, and teaching full-day workshops that I did not really start pulling clothes and packing until the night before my flight was departing.  Considering I was rushed, I did a fairly good job other than I brought more clothes than I needed, which I regretted after being on vacation and purchasing several items to bring home to family, Jasmine, and Michele.

    The one item I was good at was arranging who would handle mail, papers, watching my dogs and house, etc.

    Some words of advice, if you are traveling soon for vacation.

    1. After you have pulled all your clothes and shoes, put back 25% of it. Most likely, you will never wear them.
    2. Always leave some space for the goodies you buy on your trip.
    3. Be sure the individual(s) at the office who is/are covering for you or occasionally assisting, are briefed on important meetings, information, resources, who to reach and how to reach that person in an emergency situation.
    4. Pack a good book to read or grab your Kindle.  Vacations are a wonderful time to catch up on your reading.
    5. Take business cards.  Even though you are on vacation, you may meet people on the airplane or at a restaurant.  We made several new “friends” on our vacation. By the way, be willing to talk to people who are sitting next to you. It is a really small world.

    (During Vacation–remember coworkers who might be holding down the fort for you or filling in for you.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money.  A little souvenir or gift goes a long way.)

    I could list about 20 more things, however, I think you get the message.  The most important advice I want to give is to relax as much as you can when you are on vacation. If you are traveling with family or friends, pay attention to them.  Don’t be texting at the dinner table or during conversations.  Be fully engaged and take advantage of that special time, which you will never live again.

    – Joan Burge

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  • feedwordpress 18:44:09 on 2018/02/19 Permalink
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    Meetings, Meetings, and More Meetings 

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    I bet that like many people you thought meetings would go by the wayside because of technology or at least there would be fewer meetings. Not true! The reasons meetings
    have increased are due in part to the rise in teams and requisite team meetings and technology such as video-conferencing accommodating slashed travel budgets.

    Approximately 11 million meetings occur in the U.S. each day! Meetings are essential to an organization’s success yet all experts agree that the main reason meetings are such a waste is because no one really prepares for them and that some may be unnecessary.

    I would like to give you some tips as you prepare for meetings this week. Feel free to share these with people in your department or peers.

    • Identify the objective for your meeting. If you do not have a clear objective, then there is no sense holding a meeting.
    • Distribute an agenda to participants before the meeting. Participants should come prepared for their meeting. Without enough notice, participants cannot adequately prepare to be a contributor.
    • Participants should know what is expected of them prior to a meeting. Be as clear as possible with expectations.
    • Often, I hear people are invited to meetings and they do not even need to attend. Limit attendance to only those individuals who truly need to be involved.
    • Set time limits for the meeting and each topic to be covered. When attending meetings, it is easy for people to get off track. This is not necessarily a bad thing and can generate great discussion. On the other hand, the meeting leader wants to ensure everything that is important gets covered in the meeting.
    • Distribute materials in advance. Again, you want participants to be prepared as best they can. Springing something on attendees during the meeting is not good use of time. Give attendees as much of a heads up as possible.

    One phase of meetings that often gets forgotten is the post-meeting stage. So here are some ideas for you.

    • Confirm tasks assigned to attendees and deadline dates.
    • Send thank you notes.
    • Transfer action items to follow-up lists, calendars, and “to-do” folder.
    • Send recap of meeting or minutes.
    • Update your calendar with future meeting dates.
    • Send necessary information to non-attendees or tell alternate’s team leader.
    • Get feedback from attendees.
    • Make note of “personal lessons learned.”

    I hope these ideas are helpful as you go through your week and weeks ahead. If you want to dig deep into meeting planning and execution, I’m hosting a live e-course Tuesday, February 20 at 10:00 am PT.

    Wishing you an amazing week.

    Joan Burge

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  • feedwordpress 22:51:01 on 2018/01/15 Permalink
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    What’s Your One Word Mantra for 2018? 

    MantraIt’s amazing the power one word can have! It was proven to me January of 2017, I decided instead of writing a bunch of goals, I would select one word to be the overarching umbrella of everything I wanted to achieve in 2017. My word was “abundance.” I scribbled this in big letters on an 8 /12 x 11 sheet of paper and then wrote words all around it. Where did I want abundance to show up in my life? Some of my words were: learning, energy, gratitude, business, fun, warmth, generosity, and laughter.

    I posted this in my office at home, which I go in just about every day. So I kept feeding this one word into my subconscious on a regular basis. Amazingly, when you put something in your subconscious, your subconscious works to seek things out in line with what you placed there. It works! This is not the first time I’ve seen this happen in my life. I have purchased homes I wanted, wrote books I envisioned in my head and made vacations become my reality.

    For 2018, my word is “grow.” The words I wrote around “grow” are:

    • Knowledge (I have so much more to learn.)
    • Relationships (I have many awesome relationships and want to expand that area of my life.)
    • Wellness (I am healthy and strong and I want to continue to grow that area. I need to build muscle strength and balance. As we get older, we have to be very careful about balance.)
    • Friendships (I don’t need a ton of friends; I only need a few really great friends. I have a few now and would like to add a few more.)
    • Business relationships (To be successful in business, work, and our careers, we must have a vast network to access.)
    • Love (I want to grow in showing love, care and compassion to others.
    • My gifts! I have been blessed with a special gift that I have been using for 27 years—inspiring others to be their very best. And I have other gifts to uncover. SO DO YOU!
    • Forgiveness (There is always room for improvement in this area.)
    • Family connections (I have a huge, close, wonderful family. Yet there are cousins and relatives I have not stayed in touch with and want to do so. They feed my soul.)
    • Spiritual (My spiritual pillar is very important to me. I definitely need to commit time to this area for reflection, attending service, reading my Bible, and being involved in my wonderful church.

    So, what is your word going to be for 2018? Looking at the big picture of this year, what do you want to happen? What do you want to call forth into your life? If you don’t plan it, then life will throw you wherever it wants. That is not to say your life will be perfect and you won’t hit barriers. But you must set the stage for positivity in your life.

    Facebook Friday—Fast, Five Minutes, Focused, and Fun!

    On Friday, January 12, I started something new called Facebook Friday. I thought it would be great to provide our fans with some words of inspiration as they wrap up their week. Or I may share an “aha” I had for the week or something new I learned by being out in the field.

    My plan is to go live on Fridays around 10:00 am PT just for about 5 minutes. (Unless I’m training, on vacation, or spending special time with my grandkids).

    In closing, you can “bookend your week with me” by reading Monday Motivators to kick off your week and ending your crazy, busy week with me on Facebook Friday to ease into your weekend.

    Take care and make it a great week.

    P.S. If you would like more information like this delivered to your inbox, you’re going to want to Sign Up for Monday Motivators!

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