• Fundamentals

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: close up with a Fall flower at Van Dusen Botanical Garden

  • Important

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: autumn sunset skies somehwere near the Canada-US border early this month, as we approached Toronto

  • Definitions

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: beautiful Budapest, Hungary – you’re looking at the Chain Bridge over the Danube River, with Buda Castle in the background

  • Respect

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: Struan, Scotland – this is near Uig, on the incredible Isle of Skye

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    Planning

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: the views between Penticton and Naramata, in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. This is also known as wine country.

  • Thankful

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: a pumpkin patch in Delta, BC. This Monday marks Thanksgiving Day for Canadians, who celebrate the event about a month ahead of our American neighbours.

  • Courage

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: a hummingbird amidst the autumn colours at Van Dusen Botanical Garden yesterday

  • Some great resources you should explore

    Professional development is key to success in this career. There are a number of resources in which assistants can invest, and there are also some stellar resources that will cost you nothing but time and openness to learning.

  • Nature

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: deer in the grasses of Richmond Park, outside London, England. I’ve visited this incredible spot in snow and, fortunately on this last visit, in gentle spring weather.

  • Values

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: an inviting bench at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park

  • Meditation

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: amid the clouds over the North Atlantic Ocean

  • Discipline

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: sandpipers at sunset in Bridgetown, Barbados. They scurry along the water’s edge, seemingly looking for something tasty to wash up with the rushing tide.

  • Done

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: sunset at Needhams Point, Barbados

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…

Real Careers – My Interviews With Assistants Around the Globe

Do you ever look at your administrative role models and wonder how they  pull it all together? Or how the lives of your counterparts in other cities and countries vary, and where there may be areas of common ground? Exceptional EA features Real…

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

Weekend Poll: Are you good at self-promotion?

Assistants often excel at advocating for others and negotiating on behalf of their employers. How comfortable are you with self-promotion and negotiating on your own behalf?

Weekend Poll: Are you cybersecurity savvy?

In just over three weeks, I’ll once again present on cybersecurity awareness for assistants – this time, at IAAP Summit 2019 in National Harbor, Maryland. For the third consecutive year, I’m asking readers how you feel about your own cybersecurity awareness.

Fundamentals

A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: close up with a Fall flower at Van Dusen Botanical Garden

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Important

A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: autumn sunset skies somehwere near the Canada-US border early this month, as we approached Toronto

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