Nancy D. O’Reilly’s new book, ‘Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business and Life,’ talks about how the future of business is all about connecting. We connected with O’Reilly recently to learn how the advice in her book applies to administrative professionals, and she told us connecting is an important part of their work.
Because admin professionals interact with so many people, they have opportunities to make connections every day, she explains. One of the best ways to do that: Ask people how they got to where they are and the lessons they have learned. “People do like to tell their story. The lessons they learned and share with you can create positive relationships.”
O’Reilly also recommends finding a mentor. Approach someone you’d like to learn from and tell her you’d like to find out more about how she got where she is. People are generally positive about providing help when asked, and making that connection can help you learn new skills and create new opportunities, O’Reilly says.
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