Think Proactively: Think Bigger

Perennially popular APC trainer Sandy Geroux explains how to think bigger by sharpening your proactive and critical thinking skills using a technique called Negative Branch Reservation (NBR.) Here Sandy not only describes NBR, she shows you how to use it by exercising your “what if” muscle. 

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How to Ease Back Into Work After a Vacation

Returning to work after a vacation can be, well, depressing. Your once-clean desk may now be cluttered, your email and voicemail are likely full, and your mind is a million miles away. Instead of feeling sad about being back, try these practical strategies for a smooth “re-entry.”

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12 Ways to Bring Sunshine to the Office

Is it so wrong to have fun at work? On the contrary, research shows that injecting happiness into the workday not only reduces stress but also improves productivity. Stress and negativity at work are contagious but so is good cheer! Here are a dozen easy ways you can sow sunshine where you work.

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9 Simple Steps to a Guilt-free Vacation

Raise your hand if you don’t use your vacation days or feel guilty when you do sneak away for some time off.  Many admins fear that while they’re away things will go south or they’ll return to an insurmountable volume of work. By following these nine steps, you can take your vacation knowing everything is running smoothly in your absence!

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Chief Executive’s Assistant Reflects on Lessons Learned

You’ll be proud to discover that you have a lot in common with this former EA to a President of the U.S., in this fascinating interview. The interviewer is Lucy Brazier, a leading authority on the administrative profession; her subject is Peggy Grande, Ronald Reagan’s post- Presidential EA for a decade.

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Finding Inspiration at Work

Some days we all feel stuck and uninspired at work, no matter how happy we once were about it. Here are ways to find the inspiration to move forward, welcome new challenges and feel excited about your job again!

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Harrowing Tales in the Life of an EA

We’ve all been there... that feeling of panic and stress when something you’ve carefully planned doesn’t go quite right. Admins to the rescue! Hear a tale from Adrienne Farr, EA to the Editor-in-Chief of Reader’s Digest, and how she and her admin colleagues saved the day!

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10 Ways to Step Up and Stand Out at Work

No matter what your job, industry or level of experience, these 10 actions are sure to help you accomplish more at work and position you to earn a raise, a promotion and/or exciting new opportunities.

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“What I Wish Someone Told Me at the Beginning of My Career”

Don’t miss this anecdotal recap of a successful 20-year administrative career by Christy Davis, CAP, Executive Assistant, at The Weir Group. Christy shares her top 3 tips and personal stories on what she wished she’d known when she first started!

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10 Ways to Empower Others to Be Their Best Selves

Empowered people feel good about themselves. They enjoy high self-respect and self-confidence, as well as a strong sense of autonomy. When you help empower others to become better, stronger and more confident individuals, your own self-esteem will be enhanced. Here are ten ways to empower colleagues, friends and family.

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