Category: Featured

Category: Featured

The Confident & Credible Assistant
Image April 21, 2020 Featured Susan Spreitzer

Workbook Available! Special offer: Get the workbook for $16.95. Sometimes, we need a little push or advice from others to help us believe the impossible, especially where we impose limitations because of our own belief system. What I’ve learned has helped me continue to have confidence during difficult times, and also helped me develop a positive

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Getting to Know Your Inner Self Using the SWOT Method
Image April 1, 2020 Featured Susan Spreitzer

Workbook Available! Special offer: Get the workbook for $12.99. Nelson Mandela once said: “Vision without action is just a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” We are living in a time when vision with action is so important. With the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen amazing

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The Resilient Assistant
Image March 27, 2020 Featured Susan Spreitzer

Workbook Available! Special offer: Get the workbook for $19.95. As the role of administrative assistant continues to evolve, we face many challenges and setbacks.  We make mistakes, organizations restructure, we work in diverse work environments, and more.  In this workbook, we will explore ways to transform our thinking so we can adapt to the ever-changing

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A Secretary’s Story of Influence in 1955
Image February 20, 2020 Featured Susan Spreitzer

In your role as an assistant, how powerful is your influence?  Do you wield as much influence today as Cecil B DeMille’s secretary did in 1955?  I was so impressed with her ability to influence her boss, that I had to share the story.  Here’s how it goes: Clint Walker was a new star at Warner Bros. and

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What Ben Franklin Taught Me about Influencing Adversaries in the Workplace
Image December 20, 2019 Featured Susan Spreitzer

About 14 years ago I found myself in the uncomfortable and frustrating situation of butting heads with a fellow Executive Assistant who made things as simple as setting up meetings between our Executives a constant uphill battle. It was essentially her way or the highway, which created a working environment that I found increasingly more

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Organizing Detailed Travel for Your Executive?
Image February 25, 2019 Featured Susan Spreitzer

“I need to get to Europe for some critical meetings next week,” your executive says as he quickly passes by your desk. “What? Are you kidding?” you say to yourself with a touch of anxiety. In the Admin world, travel is one of the most important tasks we handle for our executive. There are so

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Admin Wizards Bend Things to Their Will
Image July 15, 2018 Best Practices,Featured Susan Spreitzer

Picture yourself as the organizer of a Board offsite event. Your executive asks you to schedule a few ad hoc meetings prior to the start of the meeting. “No problem,” you say. “I got this.” You’ve already signed a contract with the hotel and made all the arrangements so adding a meeting at the hotel

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How to Approach Your Manager and Get Approval to Attend Training
Image January 31, 2018 Crucial Conversations,Featured Linda McFarland

So you want to attend a conference or other educational program. There’s only one catch. How do you approach your boss to ask if you can attend, and get approval for the company to pay the fee? Here are eight tips to help you succeed: What will you learn? Pull together the details of the

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Productivity Tips for Delegating
Image January 15, 2018 Featured Susan Spreitzer

It was a busy day at the office, and I was feeling a little overwhelmed with all the “to dos” on my list. There was one item in particular that was causing me some angst. I approached my executive to get his input about how to manage some of the details. His advice to me

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Starting a new job?
Image January 8, 2018 Featured Linda McFarland

It’s a new year, and I’m wondering if any of you are starting your year with a new job. I was fortunate enough to have an amazing opportunity presented to me. After weighing the pros and cons, I accepted and in a few weeks, I will be supporting the CEO of a public company. I’m

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