Leaders come in all shapes and sizes… and ages? Yep! After talking to resident Office Ninjas Joanne Linden and Melissa Smith (members of the Baby Boomer generation and Gen Xers, respectively), we knew we had to speak to someone from the Millennial generation.
As we quietly chip away at what being a leader means, we had the chance to talk to Joanne Linden about what leadership means for longstanding admins. But what about for admins who are in the middle of their career? How can they make an impact or a change?
Who better to start our leadership series than an Admin from the generation who runs the world? As a Baby Boomer with over 30 years of experience as a Chief Executive Assistant in Silicon Valley, Joanne Linden has a background working with some of the most successful startups and billion-dollar corporations in the world.
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” You see this quote from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (aka Channing Tatum’s speech at the end of its film adaptation She’s the Man) in practically every generic article you read about leadership.
Multipotentialite. That’s quite the mouthful, isn’t it? And, if you read our last article about them, you know that it isn’t a species of ancient sea creature displayed in a science and history museum somewhere (although, we think that’s a pretty fitting name, really). Nope, multipotentialites are people with a variety of different interests and…Read more
Fact: exceptional customer service is in an Office Ninja’s DNA. Often the face of the company, Admins, Executive Assistants, and Office Managers are there not only to help their co-workers but their companys’ customers. As Office Ninja Leslie A. aptly put it, “Admin roles ARE customer service roles… My job is to make their job…Read more
If you checked out our recent article about professional development books, then I’m sure that your reading list has already grown significantly. Sure, business and personal development books are great for challenging your thoughts and helping you gain a new perspective. But, who’s to say that it’s the only genre capable of doing that? That’s…Read more
If you’re anything like me, when you think of “reading” you might picture stretching out on the beach with a trashy romance novel and a margarita, or curling up in front of a fire with a mug of cocoa and an engaging thriller. It’s something you do for leisure—and even on vacation! Reading for fun…Read more
Your knees are shaking. Your palms are sweaty. Your mouth is dry. Your mind goes blank, your jaw falls open, and a befuddled “Uhhhh” rolls out of your mouth. Why? Someone just shook your hand and asked you the dreaded question, “So, what do you do?” I’ve been there. I know how tough it can…Read more
The “9 to 5 job”—is there any phrase that’s more laughable than that? With round-the-clock email accessibility and phones that only get switched off on airplanes, most of the employed population struggles to achieve work/life balance. And, perhaps we’re biased, but office ninjas face an even bigger challenge. Sure, we can basically do anything and…Read more