Confessions of a Micro-Manager

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 4 October, 2009 Confessions of a Micro-Manager Who would want to work for a micro-manager? Here are some reasons I think managers can get possessive: Im not sure I can trust you. I never wanted to be a manager.

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Managing your Boss's Inbox

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 29 August, 2009 Managing your Bosss Inbox Nowadays our bosses are busy almost 24/7 and in order to cope they need our help managing their e-mail account. Below are some things I try to do to carry out the management of my bosss e-mail account: Meet with your executive and get on the same page on what they are expecting you to accomplish when going through their e-mail account. August 31, 2009 Suzanne said.

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Happy New Year! Now don't forget to put the correct year on your.

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 1 January, 2009 Happy New Year! As we head into the New Year it will be easy to forget and put 2008 instead of 2009. All the best in 2009. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct.

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Do you like what you do?

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 5 December, 2009 Do you like what you do? I feel a great sense of accomplishment when I’ve been able to plan and complete a project successfully. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct.

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A twelve step program to survive as an Admin

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 31 October, 2009 A twelve step program to survive as an Admin My grandson has started walking. Come up with a plan on how you are going to improve in the areas you identified as needing improvement. Preparing your boss for meetings away from the off.

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Meetings Plus: Taking them offline

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 19 December, 2009 Meetings Plus: Taking them offline I organize a lot of meetings in a day, week, month; heck, even into next year. My first plan of action is to take them offline as much as possible.

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A Day in the Life of an Admin

The Office Professionals Place

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 A Day in the Life of an Admin Administrative Assistants can be considered the backbone of any company.

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Too much information.

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 7 November, 2009 Too much information. For example, "Further to our conversation this morning, attached is a template letter that should meet your needs." EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct.

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On the job tips for new Admins.

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 12 December, 2009 On the job tips for new Admins. I have daily meetings with my boss so sometimes I print the e-mails that I have questions on and put it in a folder and then we go through each item and he lets me know what, if anything, I need to do. If he is travelling, I send it by e-mail, but it has been my experience that I will get better results with a face-to-face meeting. Eve December 13, 2009 Patricia Robb said.

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Keep your Inbox running on empty

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 10 April, 2009 Keep your Inbox running on empty There are so many e-mails coming at us these days that e-mail management is very important. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct.

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Atlanta, Georgia: The City that Smiles

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 18 September, 2009 Atlanta, Georgia: The City that Smiles I recently arrived in Atlanta, Georgia to attend OfficeArrow s Lift Summit on Social Media. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct.

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The Little Engine That Could.

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 21 November, 2009 The Little Engine That Could. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on. Meetings Plus: Taking them offline On the job tips for new Admins.

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Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Today's.

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 23 August, 2009 Nice ways to say, "Hurry up!" EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on. Meetings Plus: Taking them offline On the job tips for new Admins.

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A funny thing happened on the way to the office.

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 27 June, 2009 A funny thing happened on the way to the office. How do you plan to be funny in December? EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on.

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Colour Coding Works.

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 23 June, 2009 Colour Coding Works. Because the meetings were right after the other and I had lots of packages with me, it was easy to distinguish what went to whom just by looking at the colour. Preparing your boss for meetings away from the off.

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Warning! Warning! Incoming text message.

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 16 August, 2009 Warning! My boss, like most bosses these days, is very tied to his BlackBerry and if we are having a meeting and his phone rings, he just cant help but look and see who it is. Preparing your boss for meetings away from the off.

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Go with your gut feeling!

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 31 May, 2009 Go with your gut feeling! EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on. Meetings Plus: Taking them offline On the job tips for new Admins.

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It's all in how you feel

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 8 August, 2009 Its all in how you feel Remember when you were younger and got a new pair of running shoes? I recall the first day of school feeling so smart in my new clothes as I proudly walked to meet my friends.

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When taking initiative isn't the best thing.

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 1 May, 2009 When taking initiative isnt the best thing. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on. Preparing your boss for meetings away from the off.

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The importance of having someone to talk to

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 11 July, 2009 The importance of having someone to talk to Recently, I met with a former colleague for an inpromptu lunch. Ask yourself if you have the time to go to a meeting once a month. Preparing your boss for meetings away from the off.

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Happy Administrative Professionals' Day!

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 22 April, 2009 Happy Administrative Professionals Day! I am speaking this morning at an administrative event so looking forward to meeting some new assistants. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct.

Psst! I'm in a bad mood, pass it on.

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 5 July, 2009 Psst! EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on. ▼ 2009 (58) ► December (5) Office Confidential: Just for fun to start your Ne.

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Word and Outlook 2007 tips

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 24 May, 2009 Word and Outlook 2007 tips I use Word 2007 at my new job and have never really had a chance to go through it to find the quick tips and how-tos that I had in Word 2003. To do this Open a New Meeting.

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Grrr! moments

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 23 May, 2009 Grrr! EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on. ▼ 2009 (58) ► December (5) Office Confidential: Just for fun to start your Ne.

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I always have the perfect answer. the next day!

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 8 March, 2009 I always have the perfect answer. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on. Meetings Plus: Taking them offline On the job tips for new Admins.

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Getting your foot in the door.

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 10 May, 2009 Getting your foot in the door. It used to be the secretary did everything for the boss, now the executives do a lot of their own administrative work, such as email management, so a background as an admin assistant can certainly help.

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Spring cleaning on the blog

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 1 March, 2009 Spring cleaning on the blog It is a very sunny day today with a promise of spring in the air so I thought it was a good time to spring clean the blog. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct.

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Different spellings: British, Canadian and American

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 27 February, 2009 Different spellings: British, Canadian and American I was proofing a document the other day, but since Ive been reading documents from the United States and Canada, I couldnt remember if behaviorial was the American or the Canadian spelling.

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Training On-line

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 19 January, 2009 Training On-line Recently someone asked me a question about training on-line so I thought I would share the answer in a post. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct.

Guest Post: What Makes Virtual Administrative Assistants Work?

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 24 February, 2009 Guest Post: What Makes Virtual Administrative Assistants Work? EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on.

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"Mom, I'm sick!"

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 18 January, 2009 "Mom, Im sick!" routine, but finally dragged myself out of the apartment and went to work because I had an all-day meeting to attend that I really needed to be at. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct.

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Now that is dedication.Executive Assistant donates kidney to her.

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 28 December, 2009 Now that is dedication.Executive Assistant donates kidney to her boss My assistant sent me a link to a story about an Executive Assistant in British Columbia, Canada, who gave the gift of life by donating a kidney to her boss. December 29, 2009 Helene Sinclairsaid. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on.

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Under a Bushel

Office Dynamics

While the opportunity to shine while fulfilling these duties is undeniable, it is an uncomfortable reality that speaking up to actually request proper compensation for this extra work seems almost disloyal, and at the very least, can bring an unwanted spotlight onto us, our positions, or our managers. Do you personally work with a manager you know will go to bat for you when the time is right? For example, “I manage an average of 300 emails per day, mine and my executive’s.”

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Under a Bushel

Office Dynamics

While the opportunity to shine while fulfilling these duties is undeniable, it is an uncomfortable reality that speaking up to actually request proper compensation for this extra work seems almost disloyal, and at the very least, can bring an unwanted spotlight onto us, our positions, or our managers. Do you personally work with a manager you know will go to bat for you when the time is right? For example, “I manage an average of 300 emails per day, mine and my executive’s.”

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10 Things = Frustration

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 19 January, 2009 10 Things = Frustration When one team member doesn’t want to play. Managing your workload from home when you don’t have everything you need. Meeting documents: some people have it printed single sided and others double sided. January 19, 2009 Patricia Robb said. January 19, 2009 Chelsea McNabb said. so handy, but yet so dangerous! :) January 20, 2009 Patricia Robb said.

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Laughing All the Way to Work: A Survival Blog for Today's.

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 31 December, 2009 Office Confidential: Just for fun to start your New Year off with a laugh These are excerpts from a presentation I gave to my local International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) Chapter dinner meeting. December 31, 2009 Jules Cooper said. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on.

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That is not in my job description.

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 11 October, 2009 That is not in my job description. I find that generally administrative assistants are good in a lot of different areas and are in a unique position of being in a close working relationship with management that could open doors to new work experiences and better overall job satisfaction. jackal [link] October 12, 2009 Anonymoussaid. Thank you, October 14, 2009 Foley-In-Charge said.

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The Advertising Game

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 20 September, 2009 The Advertising Game Advertising is effective thats for sure. I find that the salespersons who send an informative, detailed letter about their business and include a note that they will follow up with a phone call, have a better chance of getting through to the "next round" - an actual face-to-face meeting. September 21, 2009 Patricia Robb said. September 22, 2009 Jenny Tang said.

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When you suspect a co-worker has a substance abuse problem.

Laughing all the Way to Work

© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 6 October, 2009 When you suspect a co-worker has a substance abuse problem. Or, if they put you DIRECTLY in a dangerous position because of their drinking/drugging- as in they come to pick you up for a meeting drunk- you absolutely can confront them then. October 10, 2009 Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Join me for a Webinar, Sept. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct.

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I look like that!!

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 20 July, 2009 I look like that!! Helene Sinclair July 21, 2009 Anonymoussaid. July 21, 2009 Patricia Robb said. Thanks, Patricia July 21, 2009 Danielle McGawsaid. My email is danielle.mcgaw (at) robertsoncollege (dot) net if you ever plan on being out this way! July 23, 2009 Patricia Robb said. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Preparing your boss for meetings away from the off.

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Monty Python Officeland

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 29 July, 2009 Monty Python Officeland One of my former bosses said working with me was like being in a Monty Python movie. July 30, 2009 Patricia Robb said. July 31, 2009 Hélène Sinclairsaid. August 10, 2009 Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Join me for a Webinar, Sept. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Preparing your boss for meetings away from the off.

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We live in an Acronym Happy World.

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 7 September, 2009 We live in an Acronym Happy World. Take for instance on my first day in my new job, these were the acronyms that were being tossed about in conversations at a meeting where I was taking minutes: DOCAS, DRE, LHINS, NAGWD, OCRI and DAC to name a few and these of course are all pronounced as words. October 02, 2009 Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Join me for a Webinar, Sept.

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Frustration Busters!

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© Copyright Patricia Robb 2010 26 July, 2009 Frustration Busters! July 30, 2009 Anonymoussaid. July 31, 2009 Patricia Robb said. July 31, 2009 Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Join me for a Webinar, Sept. EST Taking Effective Meeting Minutes Join me for a Webinar Oct. Taking Effective Meeting Minutes ► August (3) Pass it on. Meetings Plus: Taking them offline On the job tips for new Admins.

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