When I found out I had been chosen as an OfficeNinjas All-Star I felt like I had been set alight. Like the filament in a lightbulb, I felt the current fill me up and…SPARK!
I had left a more prestigious role to pursue a career as an admin. I had temped for a few months when I first moved to the UK and I started to feel a hint of that spark. It took the OfficeNinjas to light it up.
The definition of mentorship: the guidance provided by a mentor, especially an experienced person in a company or educational institution.
The definition of mentor: an experienced and trusted adviser.
When the universe is telling you something, you listen.
I had been thinking about incorporating mentorship into The Officials earlier this year when the oddest thing started to happen, people began asking if I would consider being their mentor. At least 5 people in a one month period asked me if I would consider mentoring them and it didn’t stop there. This couldn’t be a coincidence, the universe was talking to me and I decided to listen.
Today marks the launch of The Official Mentorship Program! Kicking off on February 25th, you will be guided through a 4 week journey with each week focusing on a different aspect:
Free Downloadable Travel Itinerary I honestly do not know what I would do without Google Drive. It really does allow me to work from anywhere and have access to important documents in no time at all. That’s why I love using it for making travel itineraries.
When I broke into the admin world in 2008, I was welcomed with loving arms by the lovely London staffing boutique, Anderson Hoare. I adore everyone there but especially the founder, Di. She is gold and she really cares about her company and the candidates. I was honored to be asked to collaborate with them and write this article on how to manager your boss. It’s really all about time management…take a look here.
Free Downloadable Executive Questionnaire Many times we come into new roles without so much as a whisper of a handover. At least, that’s how it has been for me at almost all of my roles. It was my responsibility to get as up-to-speed as possible. One thing I wish I had during those times was an executive questionnaire. Continue reading Executive Questionnaire→
The Officials – Empowering admins through community, courses and coaching
Are you an admin or want to be an admin but have lots of questions on the best way to perform the role? What is the best way to manage multiple diaries? How to speak with executives? Best practices? Interview tips? You name it we got it.
So much of an admin’s job is reactionary but what separates the top brass is their ability to be proactive as well. One way we are able to do this is by creating rituals, a series of tasks that can help us remember where we were before we called away to deal with an emergency. Continue reading My morning ritual for a successful day→
A fellow admin once posted a question asking how well other admins got on well with staff. She had felt she was quite strict and tending to wear the bad cop hat quite often.
This is something I worry about for any profession. We’ve all seen it – the teachers that don’t seem to like kids, the HR professionals who seem to forget we are people and not just resources, the customer service representative that don’t know the meaning of service and the administrative assistant who no longer wants to assist. Continue reading Admins, please don’t become jaded→
As admins we find purpose in helping others and we love saying “Yes” to requests. Sometimes along our journey we lose sight of that and can become disgruntled with the barrage of requests. “Do you know what is for lunch today?” when they have access to the same menu on the intranet as you do. “How do you use the scanner?” while standing next to a meticulously constructed sign on how to use the scanner. It’s enough to drive anyone mad. Sadly, this can take the spring out of our steps in the morning and lead to us saying “No” a lot more often than we did at the beginning of our careers when we all so eager to please others and help, so “Yes” tumbled freely from our lips. Continue reading Department of Yes→