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The Time I Threw Myself Off A Ladder

My phone buzzed as I was out for my morning walk last Monday.  When I’m exercising I keep it tucked in my bra nestled up against my fake right breast.  In case you weren’t aware, I had breast cancer and my real breasts were trying to kill me.  The buzzing of my phone was a…

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Building Anything New Takes Time

It’s a stunning day here in Sydney today. We’re still in winter but it’s 19 degrees Celsius (66 degrees Fahrenheit) and our front porch is the perfect place to sit and eat my lunch. I’ve been out for a walk this morning with our dog Sally and absorbed the sights and sounds of Manly beach.…

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The ONE Thing You Must Have To Be Indispensable

One hundred and eleven episodes ago and what feels a LONG….LONG…LONG time ago I started a podcast called Being Indispensable. I was a novice at podcasting. A proverbial babe in the podcasting woods but I was so eager to learn.   The same could be said for the job I was doing at the time. I…

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The First Step To Taking Care Of Yourself Is Knowing Yourself

2020 continues to be a challenge for all of us. In Australia we watch with apprehension as some parts of the country experience a resurgence of cases of Covid-19. Any feelings we may have had that things were returning to normal are being replaced by uncertainty and insecurity. There doesn’t seem to be a respite…

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Getting Tangled Up Managing Unrealistic Expectations

Last week I wrote a blog post ruminating on how Executive Assistants are the human equivalent of a Slinky. Bouncing forward The idea came to me because I had recently delivered a virtual presentation talking about how you as an Executive Assistant need to lead from where you are and not just bounce back but…

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Why Executive Assistants Need To Adopt A Slinky Mindset

The slinky is the perfect metaphor for the way I encourage Executive Assistants that I train, coach and mentor to adapt and adjust to the impacts of Coronavirus. Let me tell you why. The slinky was the accidental innovation of US inventor Richard T. James who was working on a means to suspend sensitive ship-board…

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Climbing The Career Ladder (Or Beanstalk) Millennial Style

I’ve just watched a representation on Millennial Personal Assistants so I could provide feedback to a journalist who’s writing an article on Millennials and the role of the EA/PA. It’s a Netflix movie called “Set It Up”. The first few minutes paint a picture of bosses and Millennial assistants that is simply terrifying. The montage…

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Stepping Into Assertiveness

I released a ‘Being’ episode of the podcast this week that was a road ramble on the topic of male entitlement. Big topic and my contribution is based on an experience I had waiting for an elevator last week. Basically the doors to the lift open and a man was standing in the elevator seemingly…

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Putting A Bow On 2017 & Unwrapping A New Year

In Australia we are about to enjoy our first public holiday for the new year and it feels like I’ve taken almost the entire month of January to get onboard with the fact that it’s 2018! It’s probably just me but it feels like the new year won’t have started properly until my three children…

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Liz Van Vliet

Liz works with executive and administrative assistants to equip them with the skills and confidence they need to influence more effectively and to demonstrate the leadership and interpersonal skills to make them a linchpin to their manager and organisation.