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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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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Why Putting A Lid On Venting Is Good For You by Courtney Clark

<Guest Post by Courtney Clark>

Don’t you hate that feeling when stress starts to build up, until you reach your boiling point and you feel like you just can’t take it any more?  When most of us get to that point, there’s a solution: venting.  You vent to your friends, your family, or other administrative professional colleagues, who understand the pressure of your job.

Venting makes us feel like we can take action, in a situation where we really don’t have any power.  Since we don’t have enough control to change the situation, the only thing we can do is vent.  Besides, venting makes us feel better.  Or, at least, we think it does…

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Resilience is Operating On All Cylinders

Big Resilience Is Being Engaged In Work and Life Don’t panic. Thanksgiving is just 10 days away! In addition to the holidays approaching we want to be sure you are aware we will not be publishing a Monday Motivators on November 24. Can I also use this moment to thank you so much for being a … Read more

Resilience is Thriving On Change.

What Is Thriving On Change?

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Hello Monday Motivators!

I hope you are doing well and had a great weekend. In continuing with our November theme of BIG Resilience, another aspect is thriving on change. Obviously we have to be resilient during change whether personal or professional. We are experiencing more change at a faster rate than in years’ past. So it would behoove us to learn how to thrive on change vs. drown in change. I’ll share with you insight on why people resist change and 11 strategies to thrive on change.

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