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Welcome to the CEO’s Shadow Blog!
May 17, 2014 administrative professionals,Linda McFarland Linda McFarland

  I’ve been telling myself for the past few years it’s time to get comfortable with new online marketing strategies.  I’m jumping in with both feet by starting a blog!  For me, it’s a little out of my comfort zone so I’m hoping for your support along the way. For those of you that don’t
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Top Six Priorities and Productivity Method That Works
Image April 3, 2017 Uncategorized Susan Spreitzer

FREE DOWNLOAD: Six Priorities Template. Are you like me searching for ways to improve your productivity? In talking with Admins all over the world, I’ve learned that we are constantly looking for more innovative ways to get things done. Although there are many cleaver apps and software programs that claim to save us time, I’ve
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Confidence makes all the difference!
Image January 25, 2017 Uncategorized Susan Spreitzer

If you had to rate your confidence level right now, on a scale of 1-10 (10 being great), what would it be?  Self-confidence is defined as a belief in oneself and believing you can make a difference.  Do you fit the criteria?  What’s holding you back?  Recently, I spent an evening with several assistants for
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Focus and Get It Done!
Image May 16, 2016 Uncategorized Linda McFarland

by Linda McFarland Some days it’s so difficult to focus! What do you do to keep from procrastinating and getting things done. I’d like to share a mantra that helps me get focused. If you’re struggling to get something done, try this: Go back to your desk . . . Settle down . . .
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3 Simple Ways to Go Beyond Team Player
Image August 24, 2014 leadership Linda McFarland

Are you an administrative professional who is so focused on your own job that you forget you are part of a team?  Consider these three critical steps to creating a stronger team environment.  These tips will help you move beyond being an average team player. Draw on the Strengths of Others.  Administrative professionals are known for having varied talents
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Just Push A Button – Tools for Getting Things DONE!
Image August 24, 2014 Office Technology Linda McFarland

Push a button, and it’s all done.  Right?  Isn’t that how you get your job done?  Sometimes, as administrative professionals, our leader thinks we can get everything done with the push of a button.  How do you keep up with your leader’s expectations for getting things done quickly and efficiently?  How do you maintain that
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6 Essentials to Keeping Family and Work Organized Without Losing It!
Image August 24, 2014 time management,work life balance Linda McFarland

  Your Family.  Your boss.  Yourself. Your leader and your family are always lobbying for your time and attention.  These conflicting priorities are driven by deadlines, immediate needs, and even wants.  We can easily allow these demands for our time to leave us depleted and frazzled.  Reconciling your vision of reality, includes taking into consideration your actual
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Learn 6 Keys to a Successful Performance Review! (without losing sleep)
August 12, 2014 best practices Linda McFarland

  Does your stomach turn into knots from the thought of an upcoming performance review?  Ugh!  Putting words to all your accomplishments can be stressful and a taxing mental exercise.  Even more difficult is finding uninterrupted time to write down your successes throughout the year. Below are 6 keys to insure a successful and stress free evaluation
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3 Keys to Embrace New Technology – The 21st Century Administrative Assistant
June 20, 2014 21st Century Administrative Assistant,Administrative Assistants,Office Technology,Technology Linda McFarland

  As an administrator working in the Silicon Valley, one thing I know for sure, technology changes at lightning speed. It seems as soon as you learn a new technology, another is being deployed. Technology directs what many of us do daily.  We are dependent on office technology.  Be honest,  how many times have you
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