By Karen Porter
Setting administrative assistant goals and executive assistant goals is easy once you gain some knowledge in doing so. Don’t spend your time browsing the Web for sample goals for administrative assistants and executive assistants to copy and call your own. Instead, look for the knowledge to create your own goals year after year. Think big picture, long-term, not task completion, goals due to tomorrow.
Is the process of setting goals difficult for you? Perhaps you have trouble setting goals on the job. Or maybe you just don’t ever get around to setting goals that are relevant to your personal career. You’re not alone. Many administrative assistants and executive assistants are stymied by goal setting.
And so are some of their bosses when it comes to helping them to set goals. Often difficulty with setting goals for administrative assistants and executive assistants becomes apparent during a performance evaluation process. Both parties sometimes have “writer’s block” when it comes time to complete that section called “goals for next year” (or something similar).
One reason is that managers use goals with all of their employees to measure job performance (and that’s just one use of goals). But sometimes they think administrative professionals have hard-to-measure jobs or job aspects. The good news is that’s not quite true since the job itself or the job aspect isn’t really a goal.
Your administrative tasks are NOT your goals.
Your to-do list items are NOT your goals.
Your job description does NOT contain goals.
These items can be useful in or related to goal setting for administrative professionals, but they are NOT actual goals. They are simply tasks, to-do items, and a job description–that’s NOT goals!
So you have the manager mentally labeling the administrative professional position as a hard-to-measure job. Likewise, the administrative assistant or executive assistant believes that she or he repeats similar, sometimes even mundane, tasks year after year in her daily duties, and so she feels hard-pressed to set a “unique” goal. Is that you, or an administrative professional that you work with or supervise?
Perhaps you have been on the job for decades even and contriving another goal seems worse than hard. It seems impossible. After all, what’s left to do when you’ve done it all and seen it all?
The truth is that all of the above is simply a mindset, quite often shared by both the manager and the administrative professional. However, it’s a mindset that can be changed by going back to the basics and reviewing what exactly constitutes a goal and the goal-setting process.
Or if you’ve never been briefed on goal setting to begin with, then that could be the answer to your goal-setting dilemma. There is a methodology to goal setting. In fact, there is more than one methodology for goal setting. Not everyone realizes this. Once you know the procedure, you’ll find goal setting to be a lot easier.
Plus goal setting involves a lot more than just the goals you write on your annual written performance appraisal. And rightfully so because goal setting can be used year round on the job and to get you where you want to go in your career.
Whether you’re trying to set goals on the job, such as during your performance appraisal session with your manager, or you’re trying to set career goals, you’ll find help here in The Effective Admin Goal Setting Info Packet:
***The Effective Admin goal setting info packet includes these popular publications:
— The Effective Admin Tips Series #5 publication: The Basic Guide to Goal Setting for Administrative Professionals
— A Lesson in SMART Goal Setting for Administrative Professionals
— the eBook called Q&A: 50 Administrative Professionals’ Top Questions About Goal Setting are Answered Here
These are all PDF file formats you can download and start reading and using immediately–in the next five minutes.
This is information for if you are looking for the knowledge to set administrative assistant goals or executive assistant goals year after year. This package of information is for administrative professionals sincerely interested in learning how to set goals ongoing in their administrative work and career. It’s not for someone who wants me to “just do it for them” (i.e. create and write your goals for you). It’s information for the administrative professional who is a “continuous learner.”
Are you interested in the Goal Setting Information Packet?
The Effective Admin™ brand is owned and produced by Karen Porter, job performance and career success coach and advisor to administrative assistants and executive assistants globally: My specialty is serving administrative professionals like you with job performance and career management advice. I have more than 25 years of experience interacting with the "real" workplace and working administrative professionals. I have been serving administrative assistants and executive assistants with strategies, tips and advice through The Effective Admin resources since 2004. I’m pleased to be bringing you actionable, practical and relevant advice you can use in your administrative professional role, job, and career. Are you an assistant (or the manager of an assistant) who wants the best educational and informational resources I have for assistants? YES. Tell me more.
Have you ever heard the old proverb that goes something like, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime?”
I think in general that proverb’s meaning applies to goal setting for admins too: Searching the Web for sample goals for administrative assistants and executive assistants to copy and call your own today will not help you in the long run. Next year, you’ll be right back on the Web in a panic looking for more sample goals to copy and call your own.
The way out of this dilemma is to get the KNOWLEDGE to set your own goals. Once you learn what is a goal and how to set one for the workplace in your administrative professional role, then you will have that know-how forever. You’ll be setting goal after goal after goal. LEARN how to find and set goals in your administrative assistant or executive assistant position with the informaton offered at the above link.
You may also want to read:
Your Next Brown Bag Training Session Topic: Goal Setting for Admins – Are you ready to set some new goals for yourself or your administrative team this year? If so, you’re not alone in your thinking. Just a few weeks ago, Executive Assistant Mary ordered my goal setting materials for administrative professionals. About five hours later, I received this email from her…
The Difference Between Qualitative Goals and Quantitative Goals: One can Say You’re A “Good” Admin; the Other can Prove it! – Hint: The answer is in the article but also in the article title.
10 Words to Use in Goal Setting – Sometimes finding the right words to use in goal setting can help you write better goal statements. Also, considering words to use in goal setting can help you think up and create goals — which of course is necessary before you can begin to fine-tune that goal statement on paper. Read onward for “the right words….”
50 Questions About Goal Setting From Administrative Assistants and Executive Assistants I’ve Been Asked – I’ve heard them all and then some. And I’ve answered them all–and then some. These questions and comments were submitted by different administrative professionals in response to the survey question, “What is your number one question about goal setting for administrative assistants and executive assistants?”
Five Facts About Goal Setting for Administrative Assistants and Executive Assistants (or Anyone) – Hey, administrative professionals — are you thinking about setting some workplace goals this year? Did your manager or executive ask you to set some goals for yourself? If so, these are some important goal-setting facts to keep in mind as you get started.
5 Myths About Goal Setting for Administrative Assistants and Executive Assistants
If you’ve heard these statements, don’t believe them:
MYTH #1: All administrative professionals have the same goals.
MYTH #2: You can’t set goals for routine work.
MYTH #3: Goals don’t take long to create.
MYTH #4: All goals should revolve around training and attending classes.
MYTH #5: Setting goals means you have to think of a future beyond your administrative professional role and career.
I’ve busted these myths in my goal setting info. packet sold above (in fact, a bonus article on these myths is included in the info. packet).
Stop dreading goals and start setting goals, administrative assistants and executive assistants.