This weekend, my grandchildren visited, and we went to the local park for some QTR (quality time realized). I joined in on a conversation with a group of young moms’ and one dad, as they discussed their jobs. I brought up the question to the group “Do you remember what you wanted to be you when you were your children’s ages (4 to 8 years old)? With a momentary pause, the answers came fast and furious – an inventor, a superhero, a doctor, a sports star – the boss! I asked that same group of parents “how many of you stayed with the same career choice today?” “Nope,” “nada,” “I wish,” were their answers, and all didn’t think they would be in the career they are doing today.
Your relationship with your job is ever-evolving, and in some cases, that may cause unforeseen challenges to arise. Have you been in the same position for a while, and are now losing interest? Does it seem like you’re asked to do more than your forty-hour week permits? Or maybe, your workload is finally taking its toll. Consider these questions and solutions:
Unfortunately, outside factors can create internal struggles. As an Administrative Professional, I had to resist giving challenges the power to impact my work and/or dampen my enthusiasm. Over the years as an Executive Assistant to a powerful Silicon Valley CEO, I learned from him that preparation is good…but good preparation includes thinking about the “what-ifs” that work-life hands you. Common in many organizations is the question of how to effectively plan to confront the people or things sabotaging your enthusiasm.
As an Executive Assistant, I learned early on from the executives I’ve worked with, that they set themselves apart from other executives, in that they demonstrated leadership through service to others. Often referred to as “Servant Leadership”, they create company and team cultures reflecting sincere respect and service to others. Don’t assume that leadership qualities must have a natural charisma or a college degree. Far from anything like that, administrative professionals who really want to shine, look on their role as serving peers and community with an ability to support their efforts and objectives successfully and doing so without wanting the spotlight or necessarily recognition. Like anything, changing your perspective and attitude in becoming this type of leader requires work. By refining your skills, you’ll garner your team’s respect and cement your authority in the company. To assist, we’ve compiled a list of five steps to enhance yours.