Is your boss likeable… and effective?
Is your boss likeable… and effective?
Greetings, Ninja!

Don’t take this the wrong way, but it’s tough to be your boss.

Let us clarify: it’s tough to be anyone’s boss. Nevermind the responsibility to lead a team and shepherd others’ careers while meeting performance goals and managing competing priorities. According to recent research, those in charge also have to worry about being liked (not just respected) in order to be perceived as effective.

And being effective requires a lot of calculated risk-taking. Play it safe and you could come off as dull and uninspired. Take too many chances (even in your personal life) and you could be flagged as a potential liability.

So, if your boss has rescheduled your weekly 1:1 for the third time this week, try not to take it personally. Engage your own leadership presence to assess and help manage the chaos. Because strong leadership is collaborative. And those execs have an incredible partner in you.

OfficeNinjas HQ

P.S. This was a history-making year for OfficeNinjas. Don’t miss our 2019 Victory Lap Recap and Self-Care Giveaway!

P.P.S. This is our last week in the office at ONHQ before the holidays — we’ll return to your inbox in 2020!

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2019 with a Ninja-only self-care giveaway.
Before you crack open your 2020 planner and declare a whole new set of goals, take a moment to reflect with us on the past year… and indulge in a little self-care!

We just published a 2019 Victory Lap Recap article, complete with a luxurious self-care GIVEAWAY exclusively for Ninjas!

Enter the giveaway TODAY before 11:30pm PST for a chance to score a designer bag from Moshi and a SpaFinder gift card!
P.S. Like our OfficeNinjas Letter Board? They’re on sale at our online store just in time for the holidays!

Here’s how to include your remote workers in holiday parties.
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While some Ninjas aspire to management roles, others are put off by the prospect of managing. These six strategies can position you for management-level money without the responsibility of management.
If someone asked how to succeed at your company, what would you tell them? VMware leadership asked themselves this and were embarrassed to discover that the true essence of their culture was not what they thought it to be.
Remote jobs are the brass ring for many employees, which can lead to overwhelming interest from candidates. Building a remote brand can help employers attract and nurture the right ones.
Admitting to your employer that you’re considering other jobs can feel like a career misstep. But what if companies actually helped their employees leave and level up? "Graceful exit" programs are a real thing and do exactly that.

Join us for one of the first Admingling events of 2020.
Want to kick off 2020 with a powerful network of peers?

Secure your spot at one of our first Admingling events of the new year!

We’ve just announced Adminglings in FIVE cities:
  • Feb 13: Chicago, IL
  • Feb 20: Silicon Valley, CA
  • Mar 4: Dallas, TX
  • Mar 5: Austin, TX
  • Mar 12: Washington DC
  • More cities and dates to be announced soon!

Join us for an evening of networking and lively discussion with Ninjas committed to growing their workplace influence in 2020.

After 8 years of meeting with thousands of Ninjas from across the country, it was clear to us that the admin profession was evolving. To accelerate this important change in the workplace, OfficeNinjas launched an executive-level administrative education program in partnership with UC Berkeley Haas School of Business — one of the top 10 business schools in the world, training thousands of leaders across the globe.

The inaugural Leadership & Communication course of this new program took place at UC Berkeley’s beautiful Haas campus on Dec 12-13, 2019, with 42 high-performing admin professionals in attendance (30% of whom flew in from out of town). Each member of the inaugural cohort has an insatiable inner drive to excel and represent the future of the profession.

The day is coming where the importance and impact of the admin role will be known and valued by all. We look forward to being arm-in-arm with the community as we go forth into this exciting future.

The OfficeNinjas Executive-Level Career Development Program will formally launch in 2020. Sign up for updates on upcoming courses and online learning opportunities.
Cohort members, OfficeNinjas, and UC Berkeley Haas faculty celebrate the completion of the
inaugural Leadership & Communications course of our Executive-Level Career Development Program.

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