• Different

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: a couple of sweet natured Pomeranians who met as their owners happened to pause at the same spot in Richmond Park’s incredible Isabella Plantation this May. Richmond Park is roughly 90 minutes from central London, via tube and then foot or a brief bus ride.

  • Success

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: Tower Bridge in London, England

  • Nothing

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: a windy June morning at Kitsilano Beach, which doesn’t usually see waves such as these

  • Development

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: a mother duck at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens’ Livingstone Lake yesterday. She and her five ducklings were navigating their way through lily pads. For a look at the baby ducks, check my Instagram account – https://www.instagram.com/exceptional_ea/

  • Wishing

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: a brilliant blue sky and lilacs shooting above the roof line of a Cotswolds home in Lower Slaughter this past month

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    What makes a good boss?

    Today, I’m taking readers back to the results of my 2018 Weekend Poll on the topic – and you can watch for the 2019 iteration of this particular poll in the near future!

  • Fishing

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: delightful fish sculptures amid the beautiful Victorian Garden at Beaulieu. This lovely Brockenhurst property is situated in England’s New Forest, barely an hour from Southampton.

  • Progress

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: Paseo De Marti, a colourful boulevard in Havana, Cuba

  • Weekends

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: a new foal running with the herd in England’s New Forest

  • Learning

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: horses grazing by moonlight in England’s New Forest – an area of incredible beauty and a slower pace, as drivers sometimes need to stop and wait while donkeys or horses make their way across the roads.

  • Bloom

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: a close look at just one of the many fab floral displays around London’s Sloan Square during the week of the Chelsea Flower Show

  • Pause

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: inside one of my favourite trade displays at the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show

  • Weekend Poll: How Do You Stay On Top of Your Game in 2019?

    Professional development can take many forms. It’s a question of choice and resources. In my last Weekend Poll, we focused on conferences. This time, we’re looking at a range of options including credit courses, continuing education, conferences, online resources such as this website, and other forms of self-directed learning.

  • June

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: an early June rose

  • Weekend Poll Results: Conferences as Professional Development

    Here are the results of my latest Weekend Poll, in which readers reported on their 2019 plans for professional development through conferences.

About Shelagh: Speaker and Trainer

Shelagh is a professional speaker and trainer who’s walked the administrative walk. She presents internationally on matters of relevance to career-focused executive assistants, and to governance professionals who support boards and directors. She writes about administrative and governance careers for a…

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Travel Resources and Inspiration

Are you planning a holiday or business travel, either for yourself or your executive? Looking for some inspiration, or insights into cities in other locales? Or perhaps you’re planning a bit of bleisure travel. If so, you or your principal are in good…

weekend poll

What makes a good boss?

Today, I’m taking readers back to the results of my 2018 Weekend Poll on the topic – and you can watch for the 2019 iteration of this particular poll in the near future!

Weekend Poll: How Do You Stay On Top of Your Game in 2019?

Professional development can take many forms. It’s a question of choice and resources. In my last Weekend Poll, we focused on conferences. This time, we’re looking at a range of options including credit courses, continuing education, conferences, online resources such as this website, and other forms of self-directed learning.

Weekend Poll Results: Conferences as Professional Development

Here are the results of my latest Weekend Poll, in which readers reported on their 2019 plans for professional development through conferences.

Different

A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: a couple of sweet natured Pomeranians who met as their owners happened to pause at the same spot in Richmond Park’s incredible Isabella Plantation this May. Richmond Park is roughly 90 minutes from central London, via tube and then foot or a brief bus ride.

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Success

A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: Tower Bridge in London, England

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Nothing

A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: a windy June morning at Kitsilano Beach, which doesn’t usually see waves such as these

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