Leadership


An Admin’s Guide to Managing Up

In many industries, the lines between manager and worker tend to be fairly clear. Managers manage; workers work. An employee in a retail setting, for instance, generally isn’t responsible for handling their manager’s schedule, making calls and sending emails on the...

This is an Essential Skill for The Innovative Admin

When you look at the top 10 skills needed for jobs in 2020, complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, judgement and decision making, and cognitive flexibility make up half of the list. To sum it up, you need strategic thinking skills! Strategic thinking...

Be the Admin Your Executive Can’t Live Without!

As a former administrative professional turned entrepreneur, I’ve spent plenty of time on both sides of the desk. When I worked corporately, I supported a variety of executives in companies both big and small. Now I’m the executive with a team supporting me. Because I...

Implementing Your Ideas and Taking Initiative as The Innovative Admin™

Innovation is a required skill for any administrative professional. You have a unique perspective that allows you to easily see where gaps exist, where mistakes are being made, and – more importantly – how to fix areas that need fixing. You’ve probably come up with...

Unleash the Power of Innovation in Your Career

Look at your smartphone. It probably has all of the latest bells and whistles. It can text or call anyone with a simple voice command. It has apps for fun, productivity, connectivity, and more! And it can now search for information based on a single image. It’s a...

Note From Julie: Catch the Vision of a Productive Partnership

Over the past 25 years of my career, I’ve had a lot of job titles and supported a lot of executives. I’ve had good bosses and bad bosses. I’ve worked for males and females. I’ve had executives who were old enough to be my grandparents and some fresh out of college....

Note From Julie: Build a Thriving Partnership with Your Executive

When I was speaking at a recent conference, several of my fellow speakers were presenting topics related to developing and strengthening the relationship between assistants and executives. One speaker asked, “How many of you have a daily touch point meeting or call...

Are Your Communication Skills Helping or Hindering Your Career?

Have you ever found yourself tongue tied? Maybe it happened in an interview, or during a one-on-one meeting with your executive. Or worse yet, it was in front of a room full of people. There you stood with all eyes on you, and you couldn’t coherently articulate what...

Note From Julie: Understanding Personality Types and Strengths

I don’t know how I’d navigate the relationships in my life without understanding personality types and strengths. My husband and I have daily discussions about interactions with family members and colleagues based on what we know or have observed about...