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  • feedwordpress 14:45:01 on 2017/11/20 Permalink
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    6 Ways To Feast On Learning 

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    I decided to pull out this Monday Motivator from 2013 because it is a favorite of mine, still holds true and in fact, I believe it to be truer than ever before. Since I wrote this in 2013, I have expanded my mind to the worlds of:

    • Focus instead of multitasking
    • Engagement instead of entitlement
    • Being revolutionary
    • Being resilient
    • Collaboration
    • Creativity and innovation
    • The dangers of a digital world
    • And so much more!

    I have dug deep into each of those topics and am excited about every one of them. But I’m not only the student, I am an advocate for each area and firmly believe in the concepts. I hope you enjoy reading the following.

    I have always been hungry to learn. Or I should say, once I finished high school I gained an appreciation for learning. I went right into the workforce after high school and fortunately landed good jobs early in my career. I was exposed to and worked with some very bright executives. I was intrigued by the business world and how people acted and interacted. I observed their behaviors and listened to how they spoke. My hunger for knowledge grew stronger and stronger. I was also blessed during my younger working years, to have 3 outstanding executive mentors who I supported in various industries. I was a sponge and soaked up everything they had to offer. I was off to a very good start.

    Well, that continued as years passed and I am still hungry to learn. As the saying goes, “The more I know, the more I need to know.” I learn from the savvy executive assistants who attend my training programs, the executives who hire me, and from anyone I come in contact with as I travel the country. My vision is broadened as I meet people when I travel and attend industry conferences.

    I hope you will be an every-day student; don’t ever be so full of yourself that you stop learning.

    I know Thanksgiving is right around the corner so for this last full week before the holiday, here are some actions you can take.

    1. Observe the people you interact most with at the workplace. What actions do they take that you admire? What don’t you like that they do or say? What makes them shine above other employees? Is that a trait or traits you can work on?
    2. Listen! Stop all the distractions when people are talking to you or are in near range. What words do they use that make them stand out? Do they use creative language or ho-hum talk? Are they clear and concise as to what they want to communicate? What can you learn from them to enhance your own communication skills?
    3. Purchase one book this week that will expand your mind and vow to finish before the end of this year.
    4. Every day this week, use one new word that you want to add to your vocabulary.
    5. What can you learn from your immediate executive? What does he or she do really well that you need to improve upon?
    6. Are you staying up on the current trends in your organization?

    I wish you a great week and a very Happy Thanksgiving.

    Joan Burge

    Feast on learning and take advantage of our Black Friday Sale!

    Star Achievement Series Trainer Kit – $1,295 (reg. $1,495)
    Online Learning Programs – 40% Off
    Executive and Assistant Partnership Bundle – 50% Off
    Purchase any of Chrissy Scivicque’s products and receive the webinar Setting Healthy Boundaries in the Workplace for FREE ($49 value).
    Word Trippers Subscription – 40% Off

    Use promo code BLACKFRIDAY17 at check-out.

    BONUS! Make a purchase during our Black Friday Sale and be entered to win 2017 Conference On Demand ($499 value). 

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  • feedwordpress 09:35:01 on 2016/11/14 Permalink
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    6 Ways To Feast On Learning 

    feast-on-learning

    I decided to pull out this Monday Motivator from 2013 because it is a favorite of mine, still holds true and in fact, I believe it to be truer than ever before. Since I wrote this in 2013, I have expanded my mind to the worlds of:

    • Focus instead of multitasking
    • Engagement instead of entitlement
    • Being revolutionary
    • Being resilient
    • Collaboration
    • Creativity and innovation
    • The dangers of a digital world
    • And so much more!

    I have dug deep into each of those topics and am excited about every one of them. But I’m not only the student, I am an advocate for each area and firmly believe in the concepts. I hope you enjoy reading the following.

    I have always been hungry to learn. Or I should say, once I finished high school I gained an appreciation for learning. I went right into the workforce after high school and fortunately landed good jobs early in my career. I was exposed to and worked with some very bright executives. I was intrigued by the business world and how people acted and interacted. I observed their behaviors and listened to how they spoke. My hunger for knowledge grew stronger and stronger. I was also blessed during my younger working years, to have 3 outstanding executive mentors who I supported in various industries. I was a sponge and soaked up everything they had to offer. I was off to a very good start.

    Well, that continued as years passed and I am still hungry to learn. As the saying goes, “The more I know, the more I need to know.” I learn from the savvy executive assistants who attend my training programs, the executives who hire me, and from anyone I come in contact with as I travel the country. My vision is broadened as I meet people when I travel and attend industry conferences.

    I hope you will be an every-day student; don’t ever be so full of yourself that you stop learning.

    I know Thanksgiving is right around the corner so for this last full week before the holiday, here are some actions you can take.

    1. Observe the people you interact most with at the workplace. What actions do they take that you admire? What don’t you like that they do or say? What makes them shine above other employees? Is that a trait or traits you can work on?
    2. Listen! Stop all the distractions when people are talking to you or are in near range. What words do they use that make them stand out? Do they use creative language or ho-hum talk? Are they clear and concise as to what they want to communicate? What can you learn from them to enhance your own communication skills?
    3. Purchase one book this week that will expand your mind and vow to finish before the end of this year.
    4. Every day this week, use one new word that you want to add to your vocabulary.
    5. What can you learn from your immediate executive? What does he or she do really well that you need to improve upon?
    6. Are you staying up on the current trends in your organization?

    I wish you a great week and a very Happy Thanksgiving.

    Joan Burge

    Feast on learning and take advantage of our Black Friday Sale!

    Star Achievement Series Trainer Kit – $1,295 (reg. $1,495)
    Online Learning Programs – 40% Off
    Executive and Assistant Partnership Bundle – 50% Off
    Purchase any of Chrissy Scivicque’s products and receive the webinar Setting Healthy Boundaries in the Workplace for FREE ($49 value).
    Word Trippers Subscription – 40% Off

    Use promo code BLACKFRIDAY17 at check-out.

    BONUS! Make a purchase during our Black Friday Sale and be entered to win 2017 Conference On Demand ($499 value). 

    The post 6 Ways To Feast On Learning appeared first on Office Dynamics.

     
  • feedwordpress 08:43:00 on 2016/11/07 Permalink
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    Realizing Your Full Potential: Venturing Into High Seas 

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    Welcome to November . . . the 11th month of 2016. The month of gratitude, family gatherings, and turkey. November is also pancreatic cancer awareness month. As many of my followers know, my husband of 34 years, David Burge, passed away almost 6 years ago from pancreatic cancer. it is because of David and his 3-year battle that Office Dynamics became devoted to supporting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCan).

    When David was ill, I wrote a business book for administrative professionals called Underneath It All. I addressed advanced skills for assistants and I ended each chapter with what I considered, at that time, the most important thing for the reader to know, thus the title, underneath it all.

    So in honor of November being pancreatic cancer awareness month and the fact that Office Dynamics is donating 50% of all proceeds from the sales of my book, Underneath It All, I felt it was appropriate to provide you with an excerpt from the book.

    Underneath It All Book by Joan BurgeThe Chapter is entitled I’m my Own Career Manager. Aside from covering setting goals, creating a career portfolio and such, I talk about realizing your full potential. Here is what I would like you to think about this first full week of November.

    Are you an adventurer?

    In life we are either adventurers riding the high seas or drifters just floating along. One is not better than the other; we need to just “float” sometimes and enjoy the scenery. Riding the high seas is where we really have an opportunity to grow. That is because adventurers will. . .

    • reach out to people they would otherwise not engage
    • use their creativity and be resourceful
    • notice things they don’t see in calm waters
    • “muster up” every bit of strength
    • be invigorated – come alive
    • and display courage

    What do high seas look like in our lives?

    High seas can come in the form of. . .

    • changes at work
    • dealing with personal challenges and balancing work
    • taking on a major assignment or project
    • an exciting new administrative position
    • picking up your family and moving to a new place
    • leaving the administrative profession after many years in the field

    When the Heat Is On!

    When I provide one-on-one consulting, I often see an assistant who is a really great assistant. However, when the heat is on high, this person loses focus, neglects to prioritize, forgets things, or permits follow-up items to fall through the cracks.
    Although it takes considerable talent to be a top admin and there are large numbers of people who fill those shoes; how many among them can handle a full-blown crisis? More importantly, can you handle a full-blown crisis?

    You can if you:

    • remain calm.
      o If you panic you waste valuable time.
    • stay focused. The tendency to race ahead and envision a dreadful outcome is strong. You can’t do that if you stay focused. And, that’s just for starters!
    • think – weigh pros and cons.
    • name your options. Did you leave out anything? Which is most likely to succeed?
    • don’t second-guess yourself.

    Underneath It All, you really need to know yourself. It’s knowing who you are deep inside and having the courage to use that information to live the life you want. This does not mean you ignore others or are selfish. It means you are self-actualized. Therefore, everything you do, you do better than before you awoke to this realization and put it to work for you. You were born to do…. And not just get something done, but do your very best; fulfill your full potential before you leave this earth.

    This week, see how you can go. Be an adventurer!

    Joan Burge

     

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  • feedwordpress 18:29:22 on 2016/11/03 Permalink
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    November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month #wagehope 

    It is November. If you have been following Office Dynamics for a year or more, you know that we pause in November to honor the memory of Dave Burge. Dave was Joan’s husband, a big part of Office Dynamics and we lost him to Pancreatic Cancer in 2011.

     

    We are donating 50% of all proceeds from the sales of Joan’s book, Underneath It All. The book is discounted to $12 for the month of November.

     

     

    Learn more about Pancreatic Cancer here.

    How we’re supporting the cause this year:

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    Learn more about our story and this cause:

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