For nearly a decade, I have had the opportunity to partner and support CEO Ted Gaebler. Ted retired from his CEO role this past February. Joe Chinn, Assistant City Manager for the City of Rancho Cordova, was appointed Interim City Manager from February-June, and Brian Nakamura was appointed City Manager effective July 1, 2014. Over the course of the past five months, I have supported three different CEOs.
When supporting a new executive/manager, there’s often times some adjustments that need to be made, and those adjustments are often times made by the administrative professional. Building a new effective work partnership takes times, ongoing communication, and patience. This relationship is absolutely critical and should be a top priority!
Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” One of my favorite movies is “The Pursuit of Happyness.” This 2006 American biographical film based on Chris Gardner’s struggle with homelessness reminds me that we can each create opportunities to support one another’s goals and dreams by what we give. What difference can you make? Where can you give?
Administrative professionals can be extremely influential individuals both in and out of the workplace. Administrative professionals have the ability to get things done and make magic happen. Each of us has the ability to help influence and guide individuals to grow their careers. We also have the ability to create new opportunities and to help others work towards their success.
Over the years, I have spent countless hours in my home office taking online classes, checking email, working, researching something on the Web, grading papers, preparing lesson plans, creating presentations, and now blogging. This year I reached out to Kerrie Kelly and Katie Tomlinson, Interior Designers at Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, to help me refresh and revive this important room in my home. We’re adding fresh paint, fun colors, an inspiration wall, fun fabric, better lighting, and more to increase my productivity, creativity, and happiness while I’m working through my To Do List.
The following narrative represents ideas from Kerrie Kelly on how to create a “perfect home office.”
The line between working in and living in our homes has become less distinct. More and more people want to have a home office, whether it’s a simple space for taking care of household business, a spot for the inevitable papers and projects that make their way home from the office, or a dedicated spot for a full-time business.
Recently, I had the pleasure to interview Bonnie Low-Kramen, former Personal and Executive Assistant to Olympia Dukakis and her husband Louis Zorich. I’ve got to tell you…”Bonnie is pretty amazing!” Bonnie and I first connected years ago when I interviewed her while working on my master’s thesis. Since that time, she and I have visited with one another at various conferences and stayed in touch through social media and email.
1. Bonnie, you have worked as a celebrity personal assistant for more than 25 years. Who have you supported, and how did you become a celebrity assistant? Thank you, Stacy. I worked as the Personal and Executive Assistant to Oscar winning actress Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck, Steel Magnolias) and her husband actor Louis Zorich (Mad About You.) I graduated from Rutgers University in New Jersey with a BA in English and Theatre. I thought I wanted to be an actress, but by the time I was in my senior year, I knew in my heart that I didn’t want to be onstage. I wanted to be backstage helping to make “the show,” and my first job turned out to be at the Pheasant Run Dinner Theatre Box Office selling tickets. I started making $4.25/hour, and I was thrilled to get it. That was my not so glamorous but very important start in show business.
As an administrative professional, do you ever feel overwhelmed? Do you feel you are being pulled in multiple directions possibly even supporting more than one person? Ever feel like people don’t have a clue as to the demands being placed upon you at work?
Today’s 21st century administrative professionals are being asked to do more than ever before. Administrative professionals are being tasked with duties that cross over into roles such as: manager, human resources, travel agent, mail clerk, receptionist, accountant, technology guru, catering coordinator, note taker, customer service, and so many more.