Let’s talk about money. Chances are if you don’t have a good understanding of money: how to manage it, how to save it, and how to grow it, you will take those same money management skills and behaviors with you into the workplace. Would you run a business the same way you run your personal finances? Many of you might say “yes,” and others may say “no.”
I’m a firm believer that knowledge is power. As an administrative professional supporting executives and managers, it’s essential that we understand money so we can better partner with our bosses in the workplace. They often times have budgets to oversee, revenue goals to meet, and expenses to monitor.
Reality is…change is inevitable! We can choose to resist change, or we can choose to accept it. There are precious “opportunity” nuggets spread throughout our lives. Because of fear and/or uncertainty we can sometimes lose our way personalizing necessary and timely changes that help organizations and people move forward.
If we prepare and choose to embrace change, we can be better equipped to accept it verses resist it. In an effort to prepare for many of the changes that have taken place in my life over the past several months, I have purposefully and intentionally prepared myself to embrace change by reading about change, innovation, attitude, and adaptability.
As an administrative professional, one of my most valued professional memberships is with the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). This past year IAAP has announced a restructure to its organization.
I believe with change comes change and opportunity! Yes, there have been many lively conversations among the members over the last several months about the restructuring of IAAP. However, the organization holds true to its core purpose “To ensure individuals working in office and administrative professions have the opportunity to connect, learn, lead, and excel.”
As a member of the IAAP community for several years, I am dedicated and committed to supporting this organization through this restructure and transition, and I hope you will, too! The words “team and community” come before “I or me” when an organization takes on such a huge undertaking in an effort to move forward. I believe that memberships in organizations builds bridges.
Since birth we have had opportunities to be a part of a team whether that team was your immediate family, a sports team, a work team, or a classroom team. We are given numerous opportunities throughout life to work in teams and to learn how to build strong working relationships. Some of us tend to embrace these team opportunities while others run as though we are being chased by a swarm of bees.
Teamwork in the workplace offers employees the opportunity to become more familiar with one another. True teams learn to rely on each other, communicate well with one another, and create mutual accountability.
The cost of a college education has continued to increase over the years. I should know I have four college degrees and have taught classes at three different colleges.
Some argue that the college degree is the new high school diploma while others argue that professional work experience is more important than a college degree. For many people higher education is believed to be unattainable because of the expected investment of time and/or cost.
With the evolution of technology over the years and the abundance of opportunities for online learning, what does college really teach us that we cannot learn on YouTube, Google, reading books, or in some other way?