Keeping your perspective: Stay accountable

Hindsight being what it is, I should probably have started with this topic in the series on tips to keep one’s perspective. When I talk about accountability, I do not necessarily refer to getting advice, although that might be a natural progression. Bill Cosby apparently said that “a word to the wise ain’t necessary – […]

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Keep your perspective: Know when to let go

While a country song is probably a somewhat dicey source from which to draw a life lesson, I have to heartily agree with Kenny Rogers’ wisdom from his hit, The Gambler. “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em / Know when to fold ’em / Know when to walk away / And know when […]

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Keep your perspective: Cut the drama

So, you’ve removed the gloves that others have so lavishly bestowed on you for work you know was neither your best nor at least one step up from the status quo. You’ve challenged yourself to go further by changing your attitude, acquiring a new skill, trying something different, or getting input from others and hopefully you’ve […]

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Keep your perspective: Take off the gloves

I am a great champion for tension. The good kind, that is. The kind of tension that propels you to overcome your self-imposed limits. It is, of course, good to be comfortable with where you are but there is a very fine line between comfort and boredom, or worse, comfort and inertia. I am still figuring out […]

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‘Tis the season: Be kind to yourself

This week has been one of those where the hours were too few, the demands never ending, and the midnight oil spent – along with my sunny disposition. And guess what? It gets worse from here as everyone scurries to meet silly season deadlines before South Africa shuts down for December. Have I had such […]

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Skirting the issue

There could be many titles for this blog. A few come to mind: ‘Suck it up’; ‘Just get on with it’; ‘Stop your nonsense’; ‘You won’t get paid’; ‘Be responsible’; ‘Set an example’; ‘It’s the right thing to do’; etc. (I could continue but not without the added colour of expletives.) We all have them […]

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Are you half a PA holding a full-time PA role?

I’ve had the great privilege to speak at a number of conferences and facilitate administrative and interpersonal skills training for office professionals. When I say privilege, I really mean it and I remain grateful for these opportunities. This is not only because it is where my passion lies, but as a facilitator I never leave one of these interactions […]

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Decision Bottleneck

Oh no … I was having my first panic attack! My reaction was triggered by the very carefully worded e-mail, (similar to so many I had sent in the past to project leaders and managers) inquiring whether I had received the proposal (which arrived in my mailbox 3 weeks ago) and whether I have any […]

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Pursue all-year cross-pollination

Everyone is doing it. Books abound; tips and techniques are for the taking. I am, of course, talking about networking. There was a time when being called “a networker” conjured up images of a smooth operator sashaying from one to the other potential benefactor, deftly dispensing business cards while prolonging a handshake just long enough […]

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A toast to mastering excellence

Nothing trumps seeing budding potential in action. Nothing. Disclaimer: There is a rule or perhaps just some tried and tested wisdom that says one should never write anything when in a state of emotion – whether positive or negative. Well, I have taken a deep breath; I have had time to calm down to a […]

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