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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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Is Procrastination-Syndrome Getting in your Way?
Image December 16, 2017 Featured Susan Spreitzer

As the holidays fly by, I realize that I procrastinate in some areas. Do you find that to be true for you? With so much technology available to us, you would think we wouldn’t have a problem with procrastination. The ability to overcome procrastination and tackle the important items on your list can have the

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What’s at stake?
Image December 3, 2017 Featured Linda McFarland

As technology continues to improve, it seems we spend less and less face time with each other. Or perhaps it’s those frustrating computer issues we have from day-to-day that cause our emotions to run thin and our stress levels to increase. With technology issues, it slows down our productivity. Our boss asks, “When will you

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Top Six Priorities and Productivity Method That Works
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Are you like me searching for ways to improve your productivity? In talking with Admins all over the world, I’ve learned that we are constantly looking for more innovative ways to get things done. Although there are many cleaver apps and software programs that claim to save us time, I’ve learned that there are some

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3 Simple Ways to Go Beyond Team Player
Image August 24, 2014 Featured,Leadership Linda McFarland

Are you an administrative professional who is so focused on your own job that you forget you are part of a team?  Consider these three critical steps to creating a stronger team environment.  These tips will help you move beyond being an average team player. Draw on the Strengths of Others.  Administrative professionals are known for having varied talents

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