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  • feedwordpress 15:48:09 on 2017/04/27 Permalink
    Tags: Accelerate, , , , professional development, Sales Performance,   

    What Stands Between You and Your Greatness? 

    Lolly Daskal, a leadership executive coach who works with many Fortune 500 CEOs, speaker, and author of the great new book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness, joins me on this episode of #Accelerate!



    [2:02] Lolly talks about the greatness within each person. At certain moments it is felt, when the body is energetic, the mind is in flow, and life is in synch.

    [5:24] Daniel Pink says, everybody leads. Lolly says, own your leadership — how you impact others, regardless of your title or position — and take responsibility for it.

    [6:48] Lolly gives her definition of greatness. It’s about being confident of abilities, loyal, and trustworthy. It has the characteristics of what it means to be successful. She discusses a code of conduct based on core principles.
    [8:30] Lolly noticed that her clients complained of seven issues, or human weaknesses. Lolly calls them gaps, that come out when we are stressed. She identifies archetypes, as taught by Carl Jung, pairing them against opposing gaps.

    [12:31] If we’re no longer able to change a situation, we have to change ourselves. Lolly uses the acronym RETHINK for the seven archetypes and personas in her book. Rebel, Explorer, Truth Teller, Hero, Inventor, Navigator, and Knight.

    [13:39] Lolly asks clients to consider themselves a work in progress. Without progress there is no growth. True leadership means transformation. What did you learn today, so you can be better tomorrow? Nothing stands still.

    [14:39] Surround yourself with people smarter than you, so you can learn. Lolly has read a book a day for 27 years, so she can always learn something new. (She skims and retains it.)

    [16:48] All of us have all the archetypes within us, and they show up in different kinds of ways, as needed by the situation.

    [21:56] Clients ask how they can be at the top of their game. Lolly redirects them toward knowing who they are, rather than how they should do things. People tap into who you are, and that’s how they align with you. People buy from who you are.

    [24:40] Lolly explains the gap. The Rebel, driven by confidence, has a gap, the Impostor, driven by doubt. Do you want to stand in greatness, which is finding confidence, or do you want to lead with self-doubt? She explains luck is being prepared.

    [27:35] Perfection is not real. Lolly substitutes excellence for perfection, by bringing excellence to everything she does. Bringing the best you have, is good enough.

    [29:45] Two final thoughts from Lolly: read The Leadership Gap, and get a coach who will ask you questions, to go deeper.

    Click to tweet: Know your gaps, and stand in your greatness, with @LollyDaskal now on #accelerate! https://www.lollydaskal.com/leadership/what-stands-between-you-and-your-greatness/

    More about Lolly Daskal.

    What words of wisdom do you live by?
    I don’t compare myself to anybody else, and if I’m going to be measuring myself, about who I need to be, it has to come from within.

    Greatness lies within everyone; we just have to choose it. It’s a destiny that is our choice, and we have to tap into it.

    Contact Lolly Daskal.

    Book Website: TheLeadershipGapBook.com

    Website: LollyDaskal.com

    Twitter: @LollyDaskal

    LinkedIn: Lolly Daskal

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  • feedwordpress 09:42:56 on 2017/01/17 Permalink
    Tags: , , Amanda Wilks, , , , changes in the workplace, difficult circumstances, , professional development, , , workplace changes, workplace effectiveness   

    Five Ways to Deal with Workplace Changes Positively 

    workplaces changes


    Article contribution by Amanda Wilks

    Change in the workplace is often very difficult to embrace. It may not be readily apparent to employees why the alterations and adjustments are being made. When they have to deal with workplace changes, it can become the perfect source of employee complaints and disgruntled comments.

    These can be anything from a switch in employee health insurance to a total company shakedown. Whatever the case, there are methods to make this as positive and as painless as possible to handle.

    1.      Support Management

    It can be extremely challenging to deal with workplace changes and support an issue that you don’t know very much about or don’t believe in. Approach your supervisor and let them know that you are on board, and ask if there is anything you can do to help. Ask questions about the process so that you can get more of a feel for the objectives of the changes.

    Speak only positive thoughts and feelings when around other employees and management, so you don’t get pulled into a very negative rumor and gossip mill. Some domains, in particular, will feature many changes. If you have a job in the food industry, for example, know that change is very often the norm in this ever-evolving field.

    2.      Think Outside the Box

    The reasoning for the change may not be readily apparent, so take a step back and look at the situation from all angles. What benefit is this providing? What are the long-term objectives? Who is behind all of the new policies? How long will this transformation take? Looking at the changes from management’s viewpoint may make all the difference in your attitude and your actions.

    3.      Set an Example

    While other employees may be resisting the implementation of these changes, be the change your superiors want you to be by enthusiastically plunging into the new regimen. This may make you very unpopular with your co-workers, but others may see the logic in what you are doing and follow suit.

    Further down the road, it may make the difference between being asked to stay on as an employee or being fired or laid off.

    4.      Make Suggestions

    Change is difficult for everyone, even those at the top. If you can see an area where a simple tweak can make it even more effective, tactfully point it out to your superiors. It is all probably very new to them as well, and they may welcome any input that causes the new order to be more productive, efficient, and positively received.

    Often, change comes about so quickly that every last detail is not yet completely thought out, so any input or suggestions are usually very well received.

    5.      Ask Questions

    Asking questions about the changes may quell many fears. Sometimes management automatically assumes that the rest of the personnel is well aware of the reasoning behind the moves. Be very tactful and sincere with any inquiries that you make. Relay any helpful information back to other concerned employees, or if you feel comfortable enough with your superiors, ask for an informational meeting where everyone can ask pertinent questions and voice their opinions.

    Often it is a fear of the unknown that paralyzes company personnel. Encouraging all to be forthright and honest about the situation can assist in improving morale and the general atmosphere. Communication is always key, no matter the circumstances.

    The outcome of the new regimen may take months or even years to come to fruition. Stay focused on your career, go the extra mile, and pay close attention to the outcomes of the changes. Realize that sometimes management may make a wrong call or mistakes in their judgments, and if the new rules do not work out, the business may revert to the old procedures and dynamics.

    Change from a business perspective is usually to increase production, service quality, produce a new or altered product, generate more income, or lessen costs. An employee with the foresight to understand that the business does have everyone’s best interests in mind will go far in becoming an exemplary, dependable, and long-term staff member.

    Following the above suggestions will portray you and your fellow staff as team players who are willing to deal with workplace changes and stick with the company through thick and thin. The ultimate success of the adjustments or revisions will depend on the cooperation of all employees.

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  • feedwordpress 09:12:59 on 2017/01/12 Permalink
    Tags: , , administrative conference, , , , , , get the most out of your conference, goals for upcoming conference, learning event, learning programs, , overwhelm, professional development, , ,   

    How to Get the Most Out of Your Upcoming Administrative Conference 


    Next week I’ll be attending a large conference in Las Vegas to further my education. Today, my head is swarming after reading through what seemed like a never-ending website, each page loaded with tons of information. This is a training-industry conference and is one of the big ones. This is the first time I am attending this particular training industry event which is mostly focused on learning technologies. But it’s not that simple. It is a massive arena.

    I wanted to plan which sessions I want to attend. Quite honestly, I feel more confused than ever. On the first day alone, there are 70 sessions to choose from. Yikes, I only have 7 hours at the conference including lunch, exhibit halls and breaks. How am I supposed to choose? The second day of the conference offers 65 sessions. Really? How can any one person make a decision as to which sessions are the best?

    And to top it off, to figure out which sessions I want to attend, I have to click on each session title to learn about the session. Do you realize how time-consuming that is for me? So after almost 2 hours of reading and barely touching the surface, I am somewhat frustrated and my brain is saturated. I’m definitely on overload.

    This experience got me thinking about our own administrative conference we hold each fall and the attendee experience.

    I now understand why administrative and executive assistants have raved about the intimacy of the Office Dynamics Conference for Administrative Excellence. Aside from the less than 500 attendees, past attendees have told us they love that we do not offer concurrent sessions or when we do host concurrent session, we offer only 3 at a time.

    Whether you’re attending a large or small event this year to continue your administrative learning, take these three tips into consideration and make them part of your planning process.

    4 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Upcoming Administrative Conference:

    1. Have a goal in mind for the learning event. Think about why you are attending this event. Are there specific learning objectives you wish to accomplish? New skills you want to acquire? New technologies you want to learn about and begin to implement?
    2. Take in the information bit-by-bit. If you’re attending a large event, you don’t need to attend everything that is being offered. It’s simply not possible. Allow yourself to soak in the offerings and choose what’s best for you and the goal you selected for yourself (tip 1).
    3. Use the tools offered to get to know attendees before, during and after the program. Follow the event hashtag, use it. Ask questions and introduce yourself to people who are also attending. Networking doesn’t only happen at the live event, it also happens before and after the event, so take advantage of that.
    4. Write your goal(s) for the event down on an “Action Log” for the event. During the event, begin to create your plan of action. What are the obstacles you will face when you return to the office, what are the steps you need to take and in what order? What are the resources you’ll need?

    As I’ve been mapping out my own upcoming conference experience, I am reminded that more is not always better. Thousands of participants do not always make for great networking. In fact, it makes bonding and creating long-lasting relationships even more difficult. Hundreds of concurrent sessions are not always better. So many options often cause stress and frustration. Targeted topics around a key theme increase the chances of behavior change. These are just some of the things that make our administrative conference unique from other administrative conferences.

    I’d like to hear from you. What are the methods you implement for a successful learning experience when attending any administrative conference or training workshop?

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  • feedwordpress 00:21:33 on 2017/01/11 Permalink
    Tags: , , , accelerated assistant, , , , , , , goal setting for assistants, , professional development, professional development plan, , smart goals, , ,   

    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

    The Accelerated Assistant, conference for assistants

    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 09:28:23 on 2017/01/05 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , , possibility, , , professional assistant, professional development, , , team building, The Leadership Challenge, , think tank, ,   

    From Possibility to Reality 

    This past October, I was honored to be part of the 2016 Office Dynamics International Conference, The Revolutionary Assistant. If you had asked me several years ago if it were possible to pull off a 400-person think tank, I’m not sure how I would have responded. Happily, I believe in exploration thinking, so today, I can say, “Absolutely!” And here’s why.

    About a year ago, I found myself on a catch-up call with Joan Burge, something we’ve done regularly in our relationship over the past 18 years or so. We were talking about my new company, 84.51°, and how my new building was designed to support innovation in our work with Kroger. I was sharing how I had started doing think tanks in our new “creative thinking space” using Compression Planning®, which sparked a conversation on helping assistants be more revolutionary, the theme Joan was planning for her 2016 Conference for Administrative Excellence. The seed of possibility was planted.

    Often we miss the opportunity to germinate the seed of possibility because we stick to only Yes-or-No questions. Without an explorer’s mindset, we might inadvertently rule out a great innovation. Typically, Compression Planning® think tanks are done with groups of 8-12 people. I had personally done sessions with up to 40, but certainly not 400 or more. If we focused on the question, “Can we do Compression Planning with 400 or more administrative professionals?”, we may have missed the opportunity.

    Often, questions come to us in yes-or-no formats, after all, it’s a much quicker conversation—the trick to making cool things happen, though, is re-framing questions in our own minds to a “How” format. “How can we make that work?” “How might we pull it off?” “How” questions nurture possibility. Compression Planning® founder, the late Jerry McNellis, liked to say, “If only people would take more time exploring how we can make something work instead of focusing on all of the reasons why something won’t work—we could accomplish so much more in so much less time!”

    Shortly after my initial conversation with Joan, I started enlisting a support network on how we might pull off a 450-person think tank. I called Pat McNellis at the Compression Planning Institute—had they ever done something on that scale before? I called my sister (and fellow Compression Planning Specialist)—would she be interested in helping me pull off something super cool? I reached out to the assistant to my CEO—would she and the 84.51° assistants be open to attending the conference and supporting the session onsite? In their book, The Leadership Challenge, authors Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner call out “enlisting others” as an important leadership behavior. Very rarely do we accomplish big things by ourselves.



    Having an explorer’s mindset and enlisting others created the possibility for taking something designed for 40 people and making it work for over 400. But one other factor came into play that helped move it from possibility to reality. About three weeks before the conference, I did a “test run” with the 84.51 assistants, who helped surface the need for some adjustments from what was originally planned. I reached out to some additional experts to help tweak and refine the plan. And my sister provided regular encouragement and advice. By connecting with and expanding my support network and staying open-minded to feedback and changes, we moved from possibility to reality and ultimately pulled off a cool and successful 450-person think-tank teambuilding event.

    In the end, the seed of possibility bloomed into a successful teambuilding session. It was a collaborative effort to move from possibility to reality by focusing on “How” instead of “if,” enlisting others in the vision, and being open-minded to feedback, other ideas and changes.


    Guest Post by Annette Brown

    Annette Brown is a master-certified McNellis Compression Planning specialist with over 20 years’ experience helping teams tackle complex business challenges. She started her career in administrative roles where she leveraged her Compression Planning skills to lead award-winning administrative teams, execute special projects and help her leaders deliver value and results for the company. With 17 years in the learning and development arena, Brown currently helps lead the learning organization for the highly innovative new division of Kroger known as 84.51° in Cincinnati.

    When not at work, she enjoys traveling with her husband and daughter, sewing, crafting and making traditional Italian dishes. Brown holds a Bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana Wesleyan University.

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