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Question: “We have historically used Wilson Jones Minute Books (396-11) for our board of directors’ records, but I’m looking for a more reasonably priced alternative that still provides archival protection.  Do you have a proven method?” – Kathy
Question: “We have historically used Wilson Jones Minute Books (396-11) for our board of directors’ records, but I’m looking for a more reasonably priced alternative that still provides archival protection.  Do you have a proven method?” – Kathy
Question: “As 2010 comes to a close, I must complete a self-assessment of my performance for the year. As an administrative professional to senior executives, I struggle every year to complete my self-assessment. I know that I add value to the company and what I do is important, but my accomplishments sometimes seem insignificant when I put them on paper.  My duties are so varied and ‘on the fly,’ taking care of immediate priorities, it is difficult to pinpoint my achievements.  Can you give me suggestions on how to show the value I am contributing?” — Terri
Question: “As 2010 comes to a close, I must complete a self-assessment of my performance for the year. As an administrative professional to senior executives, I struggle every year to complete my self-assessment. I know that I add value to the company and what I do is important, but my accomplishments sometimes seem insignificant when I put them on paper.  My duties are so varied and ‘on the fly,’ taking care of immediate priorities, it is difficult to pinpoint my achievements.  Can you give me suggestions on how to show the value I am contributing?” — Terri
Question: “I have been a secretary for 20 years, so I have the necessary job skills. However, when my current supervisor or her boss (both women) berates me, I am very intimidated by them. How can I deal with this and learn to appropriately stand up for myself in a professional manner?” — Kelly
Question: “I have been a secretary for 20 years, so I have the necessary job skills. However, when my current supervisor or her boss (both women) berates me, I am very intimidated by them. How can I deal with this and learn to appropriately stand up for myself in a professional manner?” — Kelly
Question: “My boss is inundated with business cards, some in Rolodexes, others loose…but he doesn’t want to weed through and toss old ones. Any ideas on how to organize them?” — Anonymous
Question: “My boss is inundated with business cards, some in Rolodexes, others loose…but he doesn’t want to weed through and toss old ones. Any ideas on how to organize them?” — Anonymous
Question: “I am the executive assistant to three partners. Typically, I can handle the ‘I’m the boss, you’re the worker’ mentality here, but there are times when it really gets to be too much ego for one admin to handle. The company is predominantly male employees. The company buys tickets to local sports events, but the women are never invited.
"How do I make the main boss realize that the women in this company do actually contribute to the success of the company and deserve to be included in the extracurricular rewards?  And how do I help him realize that a simple thank-you goes a long way.  His theory is 'my thank you is your paycheck every week.'  He also states at every holiday that 'S**t rolls downhill, gifts roll up.'
"I love working for this company, but clearly how they view the women in this office is very difficult to handle with a polite/professional attitude.” — Anonymous
Question: “I am the executive assistant to three partners. Typically, I can handle the ‘I’m the boss, you’re the worker’ mentality here, but there are times when it really gets to be too much ego for one admin to handle. The company is predominantly male employees. The company buys tickets to local sports events, but the women are never invited.
"How do I make the main boss realize that the women in this company do actually contribute to the success of the company and deserve to be included in the extracurricular rewards?  And how do I help him realize that a simple thank-you goes a long way.  His theory is 'my thank you is your paycheck every week.'  He also states at every holiday that 'S**t rolls downhill, gifts roll up.'
"I love working for this company, but clearly how they view the women in this office is very difficult to handle with a polite/professional attitude.” — Anonymous
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