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  • feedwordpress 15:30:00 on 2021/03/15 Permalink
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    An Administrative Assistant’s Guide to Coping With Conflicting Priorities 


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    An administrative assistant’s guide to coping with conflicting priorities. Stay on top of your ever-increasing to-do list and leave the office each day with a sense of true accomplishment and peace of mind.
     
  • feedwordpress 15:30:00 on 2021/03/15 Permalink
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    An Administrative Assistant’s Guide to Coping With Conflicting Priorities 


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    An administrative assistant’s guide to coping with conflicting priorities. Stay on top of your ever-increasing to-do list and leave the office each day with a sense of true accomplishment and peace of mind.
     
  • feedwordpress 17:05:00 on 2021/01/22 Permalink
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    7 Ways to Improve Your Organizational Skills for Administrative Assistants 


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    Ways to Improve Your Organizational Skills as an Administrative Assistant It is incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to thrive in chaos. It feels disorganized, unscheduled, and without direction. If you’re unable to effectively organize your work and resources, you’ll likely find yourself twisting in the wind, unproductive, and unable to catch up. Without employing key …

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  • feedwordpress 08:00:56 on 2020/09/03 Permalink
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    How to Keep Your Remote Team On The Right Track 


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    Something I’ve been hearing lately from my executive leadership coaching clients is that their teams aren’t functioning as well remotely as they were when they worked face to face. Among the top symptoms productivity and effectiveness have decreased.

    Frustrating as it is, none of this is surprising. Remote teams have a different dynamic then in-person teams. One significant difference: they need a little bit more attention and clarity up front. Here is a simple but meaningful process I use in coaching remote teams to be successful and stay on track:

    Articulate why the team exists. Set aside some time for the team to work together on articulating and communicating their “why.”

    Ask your team
    What kind of team are we and what are we trying to accomplish?
    Does our work reflect our stated purpose?
    Have we gotten distracted, or are we staying true to our purpose?

    Identify the circumstances. Clarify who the team is accountable to and how accountability is reported. List any other individuals and groups that are involved in the team’s work and define their involvement.

    Ask your team
    Are we coordinating well with others who rely on our work?
    Are we meeting stakeholders’ expectations?

    Determine your goals. Define the outcomes that are expected from the team’s work as well as milestones, deadlines, and how results will be assessed.

    Ask your team
    Do the measured results of our work accurately demonstrate its value?
    Is anything getting in the way of our success?

    Decide on roles and responsibilities. Consider each team member’s strengths and perspective as you determine which individuals and small groups will be responsible for which elements.

    Ask your team
    Are roles clearly defined and executed?
    Are we making good use of a variety of skills and perspectives?

    Establish work processes. Decide together how the team’s work will be done. Be concise but make sure the essentials are clearly defined: how often the team will connect and meet and who will manage the agenda, how delays and snags will be handled, and how people working from outside the team will be managed. List things out step by step so everyone has the clarity they need.

    Ask your team
    Are our work processes effective? Do they foster creative thought and innovation?
    Are we sticking to what we agreed to?
    What new processes might help us be more effective?

    Settle on decision-making. Make sure everyone on the team understands their level of autonomy and how decisions at every level will be made. Determine whether the overall approach will be one of seeking consensus among the group’s members or relying on the expertise of those charged with each element. Outline how decision points will be raised and resolved and who has the final say.

    Ask your team
    Are we including the right amount of input?
    What surprises or frustrations have we encountered in the past?
    How might we do it differently?

    Clarify communication. Especially with a remote team, you can never communicate too much, but coordinating communication keeps people from being bombarded with so many messages that they miss things they need to know. Decide how routine and nonroutine communication will take place and determine which conversations will be archived.

    Ask your team:
    How well is our current communication plan working? Are we sticking to it?
    What methods are working particularly well? |
    What are we not doing so well?

    Verify expectations. Make sure that each team member understands what is expected of them and what they can expect of one another, and that operating principles and conflict resolution processes are clear.

    Ask your team
    Are we adhering to the objectives we created?
    Are they helping us achieve our objectives?
    What norms do we want to add or delete?
    How can we be better in the future?

    The better you define your overall objectives, resources, constraints, roles, processes and expectations, the less confusion and the fewer complaints you’ll experience. A great team charter keeps everyone informed and working toward the same goal.

    Lead from within: When you can be clear on where you are going and why, and what you have to do to be successful, people perform at their best.


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  • feedwordpress 08:00:53 on 2020/04/21 Permalink
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    How to Be Productive While Working Remotely 


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    From a distance, working from home looks great. The illusion is that it gives you more flexibility and agility to get things done. But research has found that working from home can be challenging, especially if you don’t know how to focus your energy or schedule your time.

    In my work as an executive leadership coach I have found that people who work effectively from home share certain habits. Here are some of their techniques to help you stay productive while you’re working remotely:

    They create a routine. People often think that a routine will kill their creativity and make them feel too constrained. But establishing and sticking to a routine is a great way to stay motivated and engaged, which in turns helps you be more productive. Without the structure of a traditional workplace, an individualized routine can help keep things balanced and moving forward.

    They create a to-do list for tasks. You may be going into working from home with a lot of great ideas about what you’ll be able to accomplish, but the best way to make sure those things actually get done is to set an intention and write it down. Create a prioritized to-do list to stay on top of your responsibilities. As a bonus, you’ll get the satisfaction of crossing items off as they’re completed.

    They minimize distractions. Squeeze all the productivity you can out of your work hours. You may not have scheduled meetings, coffee breaks, and impromptu discussions as in the workplace, but you have to learn to tune out housework, laundry, family discussions, and trips to the fridge. Keep yourself focused and on task.

    They set limits on work. Home may have its distractions, but it’s also easy to get lost in your work and let time pass without a clear end to the work day. And when you do, you run the risk of burning yourself out. That’s why it’s crucial to separate work from your personal time. Work hard but set limits, giving yourself healthy breaks and setting time to shut down work and make the transition to personal life.

    They set up a workstation. Designate a place for work and corner it off. That way, when you’re there, your brain is cued to focus on work. And when you need a break or the end of the work day comes, walking away will help you mentally leave work behind until you pick it back up after your break or the next morning.

    They practice self-care. Last, but certainly not least, when you work remotely it is of prime importance to take care of yourself and to stay in tune with your energy levels and mindset. Studies have found that those who work from home tend to keep working even through illness. Give yourself space and time for balance and—when you need it—healing.

    Lead from within: Working remotely can be a challenge, but learning from those who do it best can help us all do it better.

     


    #1 N A T I O N A L  B E S T S E L L E R

    The Leadership Gap
    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness


    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

    buy now

     


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

     

    Photo Credit: iStockPhotos

    The post How to Be Productive While Working Remotely appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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