• Life

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: crocuses from a previous spring. With any luck, I’ll soon be photographing bunches of 2021’s crops!

  • Friends

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: our American neighbours’ National Monument, seen from the Jefferson Memorial during my first visit to the US Capital, in 2013.

  • Possibilities

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: Inside the lobby of Washington, DC’s Willard Hotel, where many US Presidents – and others including Martin Luther King, Jr. – have stayed over the course of the property’s more than 200 years. Located on Pennsylvania Avenue, this appealing InterContinental hotel is (under normal circumstances) less than six minutes by foot from the White House. On our first stay there, the hotel was heavily populated by teachers from across the US who’d arrived in DC for recognition of excellence in teaching.

  • Light

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: Some plants are sprouting new life, even though it’s winter. I’ve seen only a few crocuses in bloom so far this year, yet it won’t be long before we can enjoy more bursts of colour such as these,, from a February past.

  • Enthusiasm

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: Back in the days of travel, during a stay in Miami Beach, it was a treat to walk across the street to the beach and watch the sun rise. Early one morning, this boarder did more than just watch the environment; she rode it.

  • Memories

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: the Atlantic waters off Tintagel in Cornwall, England. We had gorgeous weather for this visit to the area associated with legends of King Arthur.

  • Maria Cirillo: Insights from Sweden

    For this week’s Real Careers interview, I’m talking with Maria Cirillo of Hallstahammar, Sweden. There, Maria’s career is one of Executive Assistant to the CEO at Swedish Forest Industries Federation. She’s also the chairman of International Management Assistants (IMA) Sweden. To…

  • Coming up in Real Careers: Assistants from Sweden, South Africa, Italy, USA and Spain

    I’m delighted to share word of some of my upcoming Real Careers interviews, beginning tomorrow with Sweden’s Maria Cirillo. Wed, January 13: Maria Cirillo of Sweden Wed, January 27: Corrie Fourie of South Africa Wed, February 10: Marco Macente of…

  • Mistakes

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: outside a couple of homes in Amsterdam’s Jordaan district. I visited in late March 2018 and loved my stay. The canal-lined Jordaan neighbourhood is near the city centre and highly walkable. It was chatting with a Dutch friend this morning that got me thinking about just how soon I might be able to return!

  • Focus

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: Last Friday began as another drizzly day, yet the sun broke through mid-afternoon. I closed my laptop and made my way to Garry Point Park, and got to enjoy this lovely sunset.

  • Futures

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: wonderful magnolias that crown a very tall tree in Van Dusen Botanical Garden

  • Healing

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: sunrise over west coast mountains last February

  • Bright

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: Not to get ahead of the game, but who else is looking forward to spring flowers?

  • Optimistic

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: sunrise above the clouds. I took this photo more than six years ago, as our flight approached Toronto in the early morning hours.

  • A new year, and the same you

    About this new year Happy 2021, everyone. The holidays are done and, for many people, today represents the first day back on the job this year. There will likely be multiple good wishes flying across your screens and amid your…

About Shelagh

A highly regarded speaker and trainer, Shelagh Donnelly walked the walk for almost three decades. She’s authentic, inspiring and positive. When you hear Shelagh speak, you know she understands the career and has good insights on its ongoing evolution. She…

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Meetings, technology, communications, governance and much more The best assistants are always learning, through experience and by engaging in professional development. While plans for a number of conferences and other in-person learning opportunities have been postponed, that needn’t put a…

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Helping you adapt as new norms continue to take shape As assistants and employers rebuild on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to focus on professional development that reflects evolving norms and needs. More than ever, it’s critical…

Weekend Polls - where assistants around the globe have their say

Weekend Poll: Lockdown redux and looking forward

Lockdowns, restrictions and … doughnuts Depending on the region and country in which you live, pandemic-related restrictions have either eased or increased in the last couple of weeks. Here in Vancouver, by the Pacific Ocean, we’re dealing with increased restrictions….

How assistants are tapping in to social media in 2020: Weekend Poll results

The results of my latest Weekend Poll exploring your use of social media are in, and they’re interesting! Social media is a fact of life More than three of every four respondents, 78%, said you use social media both personally…

Weekend Poll: You and Social Media

Have your social media habits evolved this year? It’s that time of year again, when I ask readers about your social media practices and which platforms are most relevant to you. This year, given the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve added a…

Life

A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: crocuses from a previous spring. With any luck, I’ll soon be photographing bunches of 2021’s crops!

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Friends

A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: our American neighbours’ National Monument, seen from the Jefferson Memorial during my first visit to the US Capital, in 2013.

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Possibilities

A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: Inside the lobby of Washington, DC’s Willard Hotel, where many US Presidents – and others including Martin Luther King, Jr. – have stayed over the course of the property’s more than 200 years. Located on Pennsylvania Avenue, this appealing InterContinental hotel is (under normal circumstances) less than six minutes by foot from the White House. On our first stay there, the hotel was heavily populated by teachers from across the US who’d arrived in DC for recognition of excellence in teaching.

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