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Self Reflection

What is the first thought that comes to mind when you think about who you are at your natural best self? Is there a specific time when you felt most proud of what you accomplished? How did past experiences shape who you are today?

Allow yourself to explore the lessons learned and the wisdom that guided you along the way. By freeing your mind to accept that both success and failure contribute to your organic growth, the pattern of what sets your soul on fire will start to form. If you plug along traditional norms, the actions may not always align to your internal compass which draws less than ideal energy. But aiming high and putting people first, will unleash collective power and potential to generate optimal outcomes together.

Knowing what is possible based on factors that have contributed to the current state will determine how the vision of your life unfolds. Through the grit and the grind, you will own many things, but no one other than yourself, will own your identity and choices. These two elements in life may shift from time to time depending on how you let society change the course of your journey. Bottom line, don’t let anyone or anything take over the narrative of your story.

Take a moment to pause and pen your thoughts. What is practical to develop a growth mindset? The criteria and foundation that comes to mind will reveal your why. To dive deeper into self reflection and discovery, check out the book “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek. Understanding the conditions that allow you to thrive in will lead to experiences that fulfill you because everyone is their best self when they are aligned to their core.

Sometimes taking a moment for self reflection can surface roadblocks–discover the depth you can grow by being the true authentic self you are designed to be and make an impact to build a better tomorrow for all.

My Why

Taking the time to discover your why will help understand what fuels your energy in the things that you do everyday. Before I read the books, Start With Why and Find Your Why by Simon Sinek, I already knew the elements that make me fulfilled in my professional journey, but the examples and stories solidified that I am on the correct path.

There were times in my executive assistant career that I dropped into a slump and reflecting back, the environment and conditions I was working in did not align to my core sense of purpose. Understanding what connects you to the very existence of your being will help identify the things that matter most both personally and professionally. I have learned that the collective power of the people are fueled to action when there’s a common or mutually agreed upon vision–we all understand the destiny but our paths to get there can vary greatly. For instance, the latest trending Wordle game has brought co-workers, friends and family to share their status and winning streak–everyone can start with a different word of choice but ultimately will land on the the right one for the day or not.

Through a discovery process, think about what comes naturally and releases a positive flow of energy. Pen your thoughts, highlighting the areas that allowed you to thrive and marking the ones that blocked your sense of impact. Take it a step further and note the people you were with, the environment and how the experience made you feel–by documenting a week or two will show where your internal compass was aligned to your being. Furthermore, the patterns will reveal the conditions to avoid and the ones to focus on that will allow your fullest potential to shape who you are designed to be.

Explore and discover what sets your soul on fire will solidify your passion and emanate the positive flow of energy–shining the light on your why too!

Scalable learning

Learning doesn’t stop once the college degree or certification is achieved–it serves as a foundation to the building blocks of the desired career of choice. Years ago many hours were exhausted at the library or school campus browsing encyclopedia books and microfilm to conduct research for essays and abstracts. But now, with the advent of computers and digital devices and fast forward from the 1900s, we have access to more channels and ways of learning than ever before.

With the discovery of the metaverse, the life cycle of digital media products are going to be shorter as organizations reposition their core business operations to adapt with the evolution of technology. As the pace of change continues, scalable learning is critical to remain competitive, not only for the leading corporate giants but also for professionals who aspire to be game changers in their field.

Visualizing the future will help chart the path forward in the area of expertise needed to diversify your knowledge base. Having the ability to adapt quickly to change will open doors to the new job profiles of the future as identified in the report published by World Economic Forum. In particular, data scientists and AI specialists will increase in demand as more organizations want to optimize big data.

Investing in the approach to scalable learning will not only fill the skill gap required in knowledge worker roles of the future, but also ensure the right level of readiness is acquired for career progression and fostering inclusiveness within the organization.

the hands that ROCK the walls of Corporate America

The hustle and bustle of Corporate America is where some of the most powerful and influential leaders shape the future of organizations–behind these walls the executive assistant bridges the strategy and vision the executives form to grow and remain competitive in today’s ever-changing market.

A blockbuster movie with a stellar cast, The Devil Wears Prada, captivated the fashion industry–the narrative gives a glimpse into the hustle behind the scenes of how supporting an ambitious executive is never the same on a given day. While some of the scenes are over the top, there are multiple performances that the executive assistant can relate.

In the profession, there is no task too small or impossible to help level-up the executive’s office to rise above the challenges that come with a highly visible and demanding leader. The TV sequel Suits is another storyline that brought dramatic scenes in a law office to light and the character Donna Paulsen, who knew her worth, went from a paralegal to chief operating officer. Over the course of the six seasons, the narrative unfolded the role of an assistant and how emotional intelligence is key to recognizing areas that needed attention to maintain a cohesive office.

Both of these dramas show that having thick skin is critical for an executive assistant to thrive in the trenches and turn chaos into order. Focusing on driving meaningful progress and hone in on the bigger picture can be exhausting but also very rewarding while trying to juggle and balance the life outside of the office to remain at the top in the field.

An ultimate game changer who rocks the walls of Corporate America is the executive assistant who empowers the influential leaders to build the foundation and motivate the workforce to execute against the strategic initiatives–a powerful partnership and force multiplier can break-down barriers and disrupt the way we work.

Solving for the future

While we figure out new ways to work, technology continues to advance and automation is being weaved into our everyday lives.

The way of the future is accessibility with simplicity in mind to bring a seamless experience by leveraging technology to fill in the gaps. Today’s workforce is changing and people are being selective in the careers of choice to focus more on the value of life. This is creating a shift in the resources available, resulting in skill gaps and reduced manpower available to fill jobs.

AI will automate a number of jobs but it won’t replace everything as outlined in 6 AI Myths Debunked published by Gartner. Taking stock of what needs to change now will prepare businesses to thrive for years to come. For instance, self-check-outs are increasing and grab-and-go models are being introduced. It will be interesting to learn how this will impact retail and grocery store shopping.

Business enablement will reengineer the traditional ways of working, shopping and traveling by implementing the latest advances in delivering, selling and servicing. The Forbes 1000 summit opened up conversations on how small businesses can thrive and propel forward with the right tools and resources. While the pandemic created a number of businesses to close, there were a record number of new small businesses created in 2020.

“Small businesses accounted for two-thirds of net new American jobs before the pandemic. Our Next 1000 Summit will empower the brightest small business leaders who are driving the economy forward, disrupting industries and challenging the status quo,” said Maneet Ahuja, Senior Editor, Forbes.

Reshaping the future of corporate functions as identified in this McKinsey report will redefine support roles and create new ones as organizations adopt and streamline operations. The future of workforce ecosystems will evolve and become increasingly important for environments inclusive of humans and machines. Solving for the customer and employee experience now will not only drive growth but also attract the right talent to support the collective vision and build a culture aligned to what matters most.

What is all the mesh about?

If you were excited about clubhouse, Twitter spaces or the Microsoft together mode then you will be elated to learn about Microsoft Mesh.

Earlier this year Salesforce officially solidified the acquisition of Slack and it will be a matter of time before these tech giants will disrupt the world of collaboration. In the meantime, we need to switch to ‘Jetsons‘ mode and literally be ready for what is yet to come–mixed reality in a lifetime that felt ions away.

The course of history is changing because forces of nature beyond our control are shifting the future to redesign our ecosystems. The open office concept will soon be part of history as office space is transformed to bring the outdoors inside and allow increased flexibility to modular spaces. Not only will the way we work change, the way we get it done will play an integral part in this paradigm shift because digital transformation is here.

Statistics in this report published by McKinsey reveal that businesses transformed their technology capabilities quicker in the last few months than some have in years. Considering the acceleration of technology, the momentum will continue to build on the latest discoveries and we need to keep pace with it. One of the latest concepts in circulation that is trending alongside AI, is uncovering how to bring the metaverse to life. There’s not a whole lot of chatter of what this means yet but once it takes shape, the world of hybrid will be ready for it. It wasn’t long ago that Blackberry put a computer into a handheld device that opened the door for competitors to rise above the reign of the smartphone. If you were a teenager growing up in the 90’s, who ever thought you could watch TV, listen to music, text your BFF, browse the internet, check email or call home with one device?

Now that you have an understanding of the metaverse, here’s an introduction to Microsoft Mesh.

Borders will no longer limit our humanity and the stretch of imagination will enrich our lives as technology evolves to new heights allowing virtual worlds to mesh us closer together than we thought possible.

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