Conference For Administrative Assistants Recap

Do you have what it takes to be Revolutionary?

Well, I have finally recuperated from hosting our big conference. It was a huge success and was worth all our time and energy. Our event this year was much bigger (in numbers) than 2015 and we were in a much larger convention space area than ever in the history of Office Dynamics so it took a tremendous amount of mental and physical energy on my part for 4 full days and nights. I was quite exhausted for several days after our event but it was the good kind as I was very pleased to meet the needs of hundreds of assistants.

We had amazing speakers who focused on how to be revolutionary. I thought it would be fun and useful for me to share some of the best points I heard from our speakers and share a few of my own words of advice. Maybe you can think about how to apply the ideas to your own role.

First, though, let me tell you why it’s important to be revolutionary:

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How Assistants Can Embrace A Revolutionary Ownership Mentality

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Embracing the “Owner” Mentality with Special Guest & Upcoming 2016 Conference Speaker, Daren Martin, PhD.

As an administrative professional, you probably think of yourself as an employee. You provide a service to your organization, and in return, they provide a paycheck. But what would life be like if you were to shift your mindset and instead of thinking like an employee, you thought like an owner? In today’s competitive business world, this is perhaps the most essential hidden ingredient for exceptional career success and professional satisfaction—and it’s 100% within your control.

In this free webinar replay, Joan and her special guest, Daren Martin, PhD, are exploring the revolutionary concept of the ownership mentality—what it is, why it matters, and how to develop it. Daren is the author of “A Company of Owners,” a book that’s taking the corporate world by storm, transforming how organizations operate and how employees think. We’re thrilled that Daren will also be a keynote speaker at the Office Dynamics 23rd Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence in October!

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Revolutionary Solutions to Travel Planning Problems

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We recently sat down with Conference Sponsor, TRAVO to talk about their revolutionary solution to the travel planning problems that assistants are facing every day.

For an assistant, travel planning can be a nightmare! It’s one of the most taxing, time-consuming aspects of your role, whether you’re planning a quick overnight trip or a two-week, multi-stop world tour. You might spend hours preparing the itinerary, choosing flights, identifying transportation and lodging options, and ensuring the timing is perfect. If you’re a sharp-minded assistant, you’ll also take the many preferences of your executive into consideration, a task that makes the whole process even more complicated. Then, of course, plans can change at the drop of a hat and your work starts all over again.

It’s almost enough to break the spirit of the most dedicated administrative professional!

The problem of travel planning is massive and it’s plagued our field for decades. In this month’s webinar, administrative training expert Joan Burge is revealing the solution—a brand new way to ease the burden on you and ensure your executive is happy. With special guest, Tae Lee, founder of TRAVO, Joan will host a vibrant conversation designed to change your perspective. You’ll begin to see travel planning as an opportunity, rather than an obstacle, to demonstrate your revolutionary skills. All you need is a new approach!

In case you’re not aware, TRAVO is revolutionizing the world of travel planning. Its all-in-one planner is the fastest, easiest, and smartest way to manage individual profiles and preferences and create custom end-to-end itineraries. It’s truly a game changer for administrative professionals!

Replay is now available here.

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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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