2016 Administrative Conference Scholarship Winners Announced

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In 2014 we rolled out a scholarship program for the Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence. We’ve never offered a scholarship for our administrative conference in its history – now hosting our 23rd year.

We were thrilled with the quality of applications received and that the scholarship winners continued their relationship with Office Dynamics International after their experience with our event. We planned to continue to offer the program. Our 2015 event sold out before we could even launch our scholarship program!

We approached the scholarship program a little earlier this year and received twice as many applications than we did in our first year. Again, we were impressed with the quality of many of the applications that we received. It was a hard selection process but after each of our team members rated the applications and came together to add up the scores three winners quickly rose to the top.

We offered three scholarships for the Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence.

One full scholarship (event registration only) and two partial scholarships at $1,000 each (full registration is $1,495). 

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Innovation Mindset

Author: Annette Brown 

Originally published at OfficeDynamics.com.

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Full disclosure—I’m a recovering perfectionist. Nicknames that have followed me over the course of my lifetime include “Miss Goody-Two-shoes,” “Little Miss Perfect” and “Rule Girl.” I’d like to think I always try to do the right thing. I have to admit, I’m one of those people who has historically loved being right. But I’ve found this hasn’t necessarily been the best mindset for innovation. And having an innovation mindset is more important than ever—a McKinsey study showed 70% of senior leaders think it’s the most critical factor for success.

Leaders say they need “creative problem-solving” from their people, and that’s definitely important. But I’ve learned a valuable, life-changing lesson from a wise, long-time friend and colleague, the late Jerry McNellis, who would say, “In business, mostly what we talk about is problem-solving, but in reality, what we have most of the time are predicaments. Problems have answers, predicaments have options.” Over time, what I’ve realized is there are a lot of “rights.” We waste a lot of time looking for the right answer when perhaps what we should be doing is exploring options. So I’ve been working on getting past the need to be right and, instead, focus on getting better at staying open-minded and asking great questions.

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7 Strategies to Speak Up to Get Results

The following post was originally published at ColetteCarlson.com and is shared with permission from the author. Also shared at OfficeDynamics.com.

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“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:

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How Administrative Professionals Can Prepare for the Future

by Brandi Britton, district president, OfficeTeam

This article was originally published in Executive Secretary Magazine and shared with permission by OfficeTeam and it’s author.

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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.

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A Lesson From Zappos in Disruption

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To support our theme for our 23rd Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence, The Revolutionary Assistant, I challenged the Office Dynamics Team and myself to “live” being revolutionary in our individual roles and as a company.

One definition of revolutionary is to disrupt the status quo. For us to open our minds to that concept, we decided that we are going to take some team “field trips” this year to different organizations and places in our community to gain new perspectives and open our minds.

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Employees are encouraged to let their personality shine through their work stations.

Yesterday was our first field trip and we were blown away. We visited the “ever-famous” Zappos!!! I know you have heard of them. They are known for their unique company environment and that is putting it mildly. We spent almost 2 hours at their corporate campus. Not only is their workspace and office environment unique but their culture has had some dramatic changes this year. I am excited to share with you something new.

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