Happy April! Now, here’s my challenge to you!
Happy April! Now, here’s my challenge to you!
I must admit to having missed this announcement. But, back in November, the IAAP Certification Administration Board which oversees the CAP, notified members of the new and proper way to display certification designation.
This change meant the designation should reflect separation between our certification and any specialties we hold. So, effective 11/1/17, the new CAP format standard was announced.
Signature before: Kemetia MK Foley CAP-OM
Signature updated: Kemetia MK Foley CAP, OM
Would you please take a moment to update yours & share the word with fellow CAP designees? Thanks!
Fear. I used to tell my daughter (and still do) that every human being deals with fears, and not every human being handles the feelings of fear the same way.
I love this topic because fear is awful. Fear is also powerful. Fear can drive us to bad decisions, bad changes, bad habits. Fear can also propel us forward. Fear can be the catalyst to not ‘going along’ when you don’t really feel like doing it another day. Fear can jolt us from complacency or stagnation.
I’m completing my first year in a new department at work. New title. New supervisor. New teammates. New expectations. New software. New schedule. New responsibilities. Fearless? Try changing jobs within the company after being in the same role for almost eight years with the same team, same boss, same job duties! I’ve managed. Not perfectly, but I’ve managed.
This year, I’ll be presenting a session focused on ways to really surprise your supervisor(s), and I mean that in a very positive way! when it comes time for your annual review. Annual reviews can make knees shake and self-doubts rise. My goal is to give you tools and insights that will set fears to the side and allow your contributions to the organization to truly shine.
Honestly though, I am not afraid of sharing my IAAP Summit 2017 Ed Talk – and the topic ‘Attitude of Gratitude’. It will be at 12:30 on Monday, July 24. I’d love for you to stop by and hear it. ~ K
I also invite you to read this great post by Dan Rockwell on his blog, LeadershipFreak-4 Forms of Stagnation That Destroy Leaders .
My favorite quote from the post?
Busy work is death incognito ~ Dan Rockwell
This event for DC LAN IAAP is open for members and non-IAAP members, and is an IAAP approved program for 1 re-certification point.
REGISTRATION – http://bit.ly/DCLANMay24
When: May 24, 2016 | Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | Where: Nixon Peabody, LLP – DC
5:30 to 6:15pm Networking Dinner and Program introduction
6:15 to 7:15pm Diligent presentation from Ray Judge
Quick break 7:15 to 7:30
7:30 to 8:30 pm Working with Board and Committees Overview
8:00pm to 8:30pm Closing
Intersection of 9th & H
Closest Metro Stop
Chinatown/Gallery Place — Yellow/Green/Red Lines
Easy to find garage parking/ pre-pay — Utilize parkingpanda.com
NOTE: Cancellations must be received 48 hours in advance to accommodate catering requirements. Any concerns regarding dietary restrictions, please email Kemetia.
Open to members and potential IAAP members. For more information about IAAP visit www.iaap-hq.org
AN Director: Kemetia Foley, CAP-OM (firstname.lastname@example.org)
First, let me share a quick thought here about collaboration. I utilized the banner above on almost all my tweets, posts, pictures during this week. The hashtags represent APW themes from (in order) Office Dynamics, Executive Secretary Magazine and yours truly– all set to the IAAP background green! To bring attention to our career field, we must get the word out! More importantly, we must get the word out together!
So, what does collaboration look like? It means many administrative associations working together globally to represent the purpose and professionalism of our career field. Funneling down, it also means communicating the value we bring to our companies to the organizations, suppliers, human resource and recruiting personnel within our business networks.
Administrative Professionals Day – DMV Style
The DC Local Area Network for IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals) was hosted by our local Cambria Hotels and Suites.[Disclosure: DC Cambria provided meeting space and appetizers for our event. They also provided a separate cash bar for the event.] The hotel is part of Choice International brand.Their sales/marketing staff has been savvy enough to reach out to the IAAP members in several cities because they understand administrative and executive assistants frequently fill the role of meetings/events planner for organizations. This is particularly true for our field when it comes to board and committee meetings. Many of us are frequently in search of a modern meeting room space that won’t break the budget. Would I have visited this site without being contacted by their sales/marketing staff? Not likely. After touring I was convinced that this property (because of its Metro-friendly location and board room space) would be a superb resource for local IAAP members. Thank you to Lee Callicut, Jeff McClain, Ayesha Aurora, Lois Goldring, and the entire DC Cambria staff for the wonderful customer service and fantastic event.
Twenty-seven local executive suite administrative professionals and an executive assistant recruiting firm representative, representing corporate, government and non-profit organizations toured the property after a networking hour. We had two attendees join IAAP after attending. Door prizes for the event came from The Howard Theatre, ChocolateChocolate DC, and Clyde’s Restaurant. I hope you were able to catch some of my (@OfficeRenegade)periscope livestreams from the day of the event.
There’s an old proverb- Many hands make light work. A heartfelt thank you to Joyetta Delaney, Janet Brake and Debbi Shaffer for your help during this event.
Thank you to my DMV (District|Maryland|Virginia) peers for coming into town and being part of our really fun Cocktails &Connections Event for Administrative Professionals Day.
Where does the career field go from here?
I’m airing dirty laundry.. the mostly unspoken and unwritten challenges faced by the administrative profession. I’m bringing up the uncomfortable stuff, the elephant under the rug-stuff.
The State of the Administrative Profession.
Early in my career, I was hardly aware there were any administrative organizations, I then recognized one or two of them because I was heavily involved with the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) and my then employer would only pay for Fred Pryor Seminars. Fast-forward these twenty years plus, and now there are individual trainers, teams of trainers, a multitude of professional organizations for administrative professionals plus the numerous conferences and publications available across the globe. It’s very exciting.
From the trainer’s perspective though, the changes in our career field are a bit more obvious. The administrative professionals that invest in professional development and continue to learn whether or not their employee emotionally or financially supports them are separating out from the rest of the crowd. Lucy Brazier, President and CEO, Marcham Publishing and Editor for Executive Secretary magazine, shared a stage with me last week at the 2nd Annual Symposium for Administrative Professionals at Delaware State University. Lucy noted the full-circle journey of the administrative support role— and how currently, she is seeing more and more businesses farm out clerical, basic administrative tasks to a pool (How quaint!?) of administrative professionals. The more career- invested, professional advanced administrative professionals are challenged with more managerial, budgetary and project driven responsibilities. The gap between the two segments has never been wider. I believe it may continue to grow.
These changes bring to mind a myriad of questions
I feel these are the questions that all organizations, trainers, educational workforce programs representing the membership of the administrative profession need to face and address. And, they need to do it through collaboration. Energy invested in competing for members does not serve our field. The energy invested needs to be in :
Mind you, I only have my perspective and it’s limited to the rather large network to which I’m connected. But I think you, my peers, will agree that time is of the essence. The sooner we work together as a field to promote our profession, the less its importance will erode within the eyes of the business and human resource communities.
As always, I appreciate the thoughtful feedback. ~ K
Thank you to my peers that push me, cheer me, try my patience. Thank you for my mentors that pushed me to attain my Certified Administrative Professional certification. Thank you to the hundreds of peers that have reached out over discussion groups and social media to provide quick insight and assistance when I needed it. We’re all in this together to not only earn a living but to help the companies we support thrive.
Here’s a salute from me to you– the vital and amazing administrative professionals in the United States, and to the millions of our peers across the globe.
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