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  • feedwordpress 16:15:11 on 2019/01/10 Permalink
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    Ideas for Personal Goals? – Ask an Admin 


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    Welcome to our very first question for Ask an Admin – Admin to Admin Advice, where you submit the question and your peers answer your question. We believe that there are many different ways to approach problems, difficult tasks, and situations so we thought this would be a great way to provide you a place to share your input as well as receive input from others.

     

    This week’s question comes from Barb and she asks:

    With the New Year underway, it’s time for me to present my personal goals to my boss for 2019. I always struggle with this. Everyone I’ve talked to struggles with this so I’m wondering if anyone has advice on how they brainstorm ideas for goals?  I feel so close to the job that I struggle with stepping back to gain a fresh perspective on improvements I can make.

     

    GREAT QUESTION! So, how do we brainstorm ideas for goals, especially when we feel so close to the job and we have a hard time stepping back?

     

    Alright friends, it’s your turn to give your advice, tips, tricks, and anything else you have to offer up. Place your comments or advice in the comment section below!

     


     

    About Ask an Admin:

    Ask an Admin will be a weekly post on our blog that presents a question that you or a fellow administrative professional submitted to us. We will choose one question per week and post it on our blog.

    If you have a question that you would like to submit, please send it to officedynamics.aaa@gmail.com and include the name you would like us to use.

    If you want to subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss any posts, please visit https://officedynamics.com/blog/ and subscribe in the right-hand column.

     

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  • feedwordpress 21:13:24 on 2019/01/04 Permalink
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    Starve the Dragon 


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    There is a huge fiery dragon roaming the earth. Some days, the dragon is a little tamer and other days the dragon is on a rampage breathing fire.

    Do you know this dragon? You may not be directly affected by this dragon – the dragon can be creating pain for your industry, your employer, managers, executives, and customers. It is the financial and international economic dragon that is creating the stock market to crash 500+ plus points in a day, and then rise 420 points in a day, only to crash 600+ points the next day.

    Now, what do I mean by starve the dragon? I mean don’t get pulled down and sucked into negative talk, doomsday conversations and negative attitudes. When this type of thing happens, people (you and me—everyday folks) stop buying; put life on hold and then we actually create the worst-case scenarios.

    Instead….

    • Be positive. When others around are talking about how awful everything is, acknowledge their correctness and then say, “Yeah, but we are a strong country. We have pulled out of tough times before.” Or, “Yes, that is true but I’m focusing on what I can do to make things better.”
    • Stay hopeful. This will not last forever. Nothing lasts forever, no matter how bad it is. It may seem like it takes forever, such as the housing market. It is going to take years and years, especially here in Las Vegas but it will eventually end. Focus on what you can do today.
    • Think lean and streamline processes wherever you can. Save your company money wherever you can. Spend but spend wisely. Remember, if you have to do something over, you are costing your company money. Do the right thing right, the first time. This means slow down, proofread, pay attention and question anything that seems out of sorts to you.
    • Uplift others. As we uplift others, they inspire others and we create a possible ripple which then motivates people to do good.
    • Be strategic. When planning upcoming seminars, conferences and training – see how they line up and teach you strategies that you can bring back and implement in your workplace. Put together a presentation showing your executive the benefits of the training. Everyone needs to be a star in their job today. Mediocrity is not acceptable! Therefore, you need to invest in learning (even if your employer can’t support you). If you do your due diligence and promote the benefits of what you will learn and then use persuasion skills, you should be a winner!
    • Do not…. Do not…. Get pulled into the negative talk. That just feeds the ugly dragon.

    Let’s help move things forward in a positive way. Be a part of the solution, not the problem.

     

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  • feedwordpress 19:15:36 on 2018/11/28 Permalink
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    Administrative Training Sources – Friends of Office Dynamics 


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    We recently posted a blog that listed free training sources we provide;

    6 Free Training Sources for Administrative and Executive Assistants

    At Office Dynamics, it is our goal to elevate the level of the administrative profession through knowledge and training but that got us thinking, “What else can we do?”

    So, we are going to provide you with links to some of our friends that you can use for your professional and personal life.

    Enjoy!

     

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    Word Trippers – Barbara McNichol

    Barbara and Office Dynamics have been working together to help improve the ability of the administrative and executive assistant with Barbara’s writing expertise.

    Barbara provides several different resources for you to enhance your writing ability and take you to the next level. Please visit her site and learn how you can improve your writing skills.

    Visit Word Trippers

     

     

    All Things Admin – Julie Perrine

    Julie Perrine is another affiliate of Office Dynamics that we just love to have around.

    Julie’s printed books, The Innovative Admin, The Organized Admin, and Become a Procedures Pro can be found in our Success Store.

    Another great source of information and knowledge!

    Visit All Things Admin

     

    Executive Secretary Magazine– Lucy Brazier

    With a history of cross-promotion, the Executive Secretary Magazine and Office Dynamics team have been working very hard to encourage the administrative field with forward progress and thinking.

    Lucy has a database of blogs, information, and education.

    Visit The Executive Secretary

     

    Admin to Admin – Lisa Olsen

    Lisa Olsen is not only the CEO of Admin to Admin but also the talented and entertaining emcee of multiple Office Dynamics Conferences.

    Admin to Admin offers a large selection of programs to learn from as well as the Admin to Admin Book Club!

    You would be missing out if you didn’t visit!

    Visit Admin to Admin

     

    AdminUniverse™ – Joanne Linden

    Joanne Linden is President and Master Trainer at AdminUniverse™ as well as an authorized user and training facilitator for the Star Achievement Series® created by Joan Burge, founder and CEO, of Office Dynamics International. We are very privileged to call Joanne and AdminUniverse™ our friends!

    AdminUniverse™ offers a great blog for admins to pull extensive knowledge from.

    Be sure to visit their website!

    Visit AdminUniverse™

     

     

     

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  • feedwordpress 17:15:56 on 2018/11/27 Permalink
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    Decision Making 


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    Why is it that at the time we make a decision we believe it is the best, right answer or choice. Then days, weeks or months later, we regret the decision we made. We say to ourselves, “What was I thinking? However, based on the information I had at the time, I felt I made the best choice.” We will never be perfect at making decisions but we definitely need to take each bad decision or poor choice, learn from it, and commit to making better decisions in the future.

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    Decision-making skill is key for productivity and growth. Your decisions take you on different paths depending upon the decisions you choose not to make as well as the actual decisions you make. Do not underestimate that even the smallest decision could change your life forever. [Read Andy Stanley’s book, The Principle of the Path for additional information on how to get from where you are to where you want to be.]

    Decisions are made daily, often without even realizing it. Some decisions are habit forming. You make the decision once and then repeat it again and again until you no longer hear yourself think or deliberate about it. An example is choosing to have a pastry at morning break daily. Your “decision” will affect your health, even your future, but you don’t even think about it any longer. 9:00 a.m. and you go get your pastry!

    When making a decision you may consider, “What would my leader do?” Having the knowledge of what your leader would do in certain situations will allow you to make a more educated decision. This, in turn, will free up your leader’s time. The more you do this kind of thinking the more empowered you become and the stronger the connection is with your leader and the organization’s need for you – a true cognitive being – as their business partner.

    In order to make a decision on anything, you must first understand the objectives and the situation surrounding the issue. Whether you are making a decision that affects your manager’s travel itinerary or involves purchasing a software package, you need to consider the objectives and purpose intended. You must set aside your own bias and needs to see the big picture. Many people are poor decision-makers because they only consider “what’s in it for me?” and they look no further. That is very short-term thinking and people around you will begin to assess that you are only in it for your own selfish and self-serving motives. That may get you a few plums, but that will not get you the prize!

    There will come a time in your decision-making journey of learning where you will have to remove the training wheels. You will have to make decisions and play them out, taking responsibility for them and being confident that you will be accountable for whatever happens. This doesn’t mean you need to “know everything” beforehand; it means you will take responsibility, shepherd them, and adjust as necessary along the way. Also, make sure you watch to observe the results, so you can learn from the results and do even better next time.

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  • feedwordpress 16:15:27 on 2018/11/01 Permalink
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    Successfully Overcome Challenges 


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    Determine to Succeed

    Attitudes are important to successfully overcome challenges. Right now, we have a lot of challenges facing us – the economy, companies downsizing, air travel stress, an election year on the horizon, and personal challenges. That is just life. We will always be presented with obstacles, uncertainty, and changing world events.

    Think about your challenges at work: a tough assignment, a difficult person, juggling multiple tasks and people, and learning new technologies. Your attitude about the situation will dramatically affect how you go through the situation.

    Strive for a positive attitude and use positive self-talk. Add to that: creative thinking, problem-solving, risk-taking, determination, commitment, being organized and taking action, and you will accomplish your goals.

    Here are 6 bonus strategies to embrace a positive attitude and succeed at life:

    1. Keep abreast of the economic changes taking place; they could affect your industry and job.
    2. Be a star performer at work. Companies do not want to lose their stars – or rising stars.
    3. Don’t get caught up in the negative grapevine at work.
    4. Remember, employees, don’t always know what is really going on with company changes.
    5. Stay positive. Come into work with a good attitude.
    6. Encourage co-workers to stay positive and focused.

    A quote I found years ago says, “Some succeed because they are destined to. However, most succeed because they are determined to.”

    Be determined this week to succeed when presented with a challenge. That is the only affirmation you need to live a fruitful week at work and at home!

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    Related Attitude Management Videos and Articles:

    We would love to hear from you. Have you used any of the above strategies? What are the ways you determine to succeed and how have they helped you? Share in the comments below.

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