Author: Linda McFarland

Author: Linda McFarland

How to Approach Your Manager and Get Approval to Attend Training
Image January 31, 2018 Crucial Conversations,Featured,Uncategorized Linda McFarland

So you want to attend a conference or other educational program. There’s only one catch. How do you approach your boss to ask if you can attend, and get approval for the company to pay the fee? Here are eight tips to help you succeed: What will you learn? Pull together the details of the

Starting a new job?
Image January 8, 2018 Featured Linda McFarland

It’s a new year, and I’m wondering if any of you are starting your year with a new job. I was fortunate enough to have an amazing opportunity presented to me. After weighing the pros and cons, I accepted and in a few weeks, I will be supporting the CEO of a public company. I’m

Special Two-Day Event
Image December 3, 2017 Featured Linda McFarland

As technology continues to improve, it seems we spend less and less face time with each other. Or perhaps it’s those frustrating computer issues we have from day-to-day that cause our emotions to run thin and our stress levels to increase. With technology issues, it slows down our productivity. Our boss asks, “When will you

Focus and Get It Done!
Image May 16, 2016 Featured,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 . . .

3 Simple Ways to Go Beyond Team Player
Image August 24, 2014 Featured,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

Just Push A Button – Tools for Getting Things DONE!
Image August 24, 2014 Featured,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

6 Essentials to Keeping Family and Work Organized Without Losing It!
Image August 24, 2014 Featured,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

Learn 6 Keys to a Successful Performance Review! (without losing sleep)
August 12, 2014 Best Practices,Featured 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

3 Keys to Embrace New Technology – The 21st Century Administrative Assistant
June 20, 2014 21st Century Administrative Assistant,Administrative Assistants,Featured,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

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