“I’ve lost my mojo and fear speaking up when I should,” confessed Janet who recently stepped into a new position. She’s not alone – I hear this theme often whether delivering programs to attorneys or administrators. Too many individuals avoid necessary, yet uncomfortable conversations. Just like any fear, the more we avoid it, the larger it looms. That’s why I’m offering these seven strategies to help you speak up and speak your truth the next time you feel that your voice needs to be heard:
by Brandi Britton, district president, OfficeTeam
Today’s administrative professionals have anything but an easy and boring job. Over the years, their roles have moved well beyond circulating memos and taking dictation. They are being asked to become involved in and even take charge of areas such as social media and corporate responsibility.
In recent Office of the Future research from OfficeTeam and the International Association of Administrative Professionals, 50 percent of survey respondents feel they have skills that are not being tapped at work. Let’s take a look at three areas where admins say they would like to play bigger roles. You’ll see how you can get involved and grow your administrative skills.
Personal emergencies – such as illness, a death in the family, or an accident – often involve taking unexpected time off work. However, these situations can be especially challenging for administrative professionals who are responsible for keeping their executives and offices running smoothly.
When disaster strikes, you need to focus on your family and yourself during a personal disaster … not what’s going on back at work. However, to successfully disconnect and bounce back, there are some plans, systems, and procedures you need to put in place to be prepared.
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“The desire to know is natural to good men.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
One of my favorite books is the fascinating book by Michael J. Gelb, How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci. It would take an encyclopedia to begin to share the full scope of his accomplishments. Leonardo the artist is known for transforming the direction of arr. He pioneered the use of oil paints. His universally recognized paintings like the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper are works of superb creativity. Leonardo the inventor made plans for a flying machine, parachutes, the extendable ladder (still in use by fire departments today), the three speed gear shift, the bicycle, a snorkel, the world’s first revolving stage, locks for a canal system, folding furniture, the first elevator, and many more. More than any single invention, he deserves credit for pioneering the concept of automation.
In his book, Gelb breaks down the genius of Da Vinci in a practical guide to problem solving, creative thinking, goal setting and life balance, and harmonizing body and mind. The book was so empowering that I worked to develop a one day workshop for assistants titled What it Takes to Be Great!
Gelb focuses the book on Seven Da Vincian Principles. I’d like to share one of them:
- Curiosita – an insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.