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Being Indispensable is a podcast for Executive Assistants. It's about the mindset shift required to form a true partnership with your executive. Listen to interviews with indispensable executive assistants themselves, insights from executives and business leaders who share what they value in their indispensable assistants and join Liz as she explores the skills and leadership development required to build a true partnership with your executive.

Being Indispensable Liz Van Vliet - Executive Assistant Champion

    • Self-Improvement
    • 4.7 • 35 Ratings

Being Indispensable is a podcast for Executive Assistants. It's about the mindset shift required to form a true partnership with your executive. Listen to interviews with indispensable executive assistants themselves, insights from executives and business leaders who share what they value in their indispensable assistants and join Liz as she explores the skills and leadership development required to build a true partnership with your executive.

    117. Insights From A Leadership Coach: Interview With Pod O'Sullivan (Part 2 of 2)

    117. Insights From A Leadership Coach: Interview With Pod O'Sullivan (Part 2 of 2)

    Padraig O'Sullivan or Pod as he is known was the business leader I supported in my role as an Executive Assistant. He was a mentor and informal coach to me and I consider myself fortunate to have come into his orbit. 
    Pod’s reputation as a leading leadership advisor and Top Teaming expert has been established with over 20 years leadership and coaching experience encompassing Australia, Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East. He has been labeled “one of Asia’s top leadership experts” and is author of the award-winning series of International books “Foreigner In Charge: Success strategies for expat leaders”.
    In this episode (Part 2 of the interview) we discuss…
    How he sees the strategic value of the EA in enabling the leader to operate at a higher level The importance of leading from where you are and the concept of self-leadership 2 reasons he sees that EAs are ineffective Why he believes it is an extraordinarily important role Why radical candour with your boss is something that EAs should strive for. https://podosullivan.com/
    https://theleadershipcontext.com/
    Connect with Pod on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/padraigbosullivan/
     
    Podcast is “The Leadership Diet” find it in your favourite podcast app

    • 23 min
    116. Insights From A Leadership Coach: Interview With Pod O'Sullivan (Part 1 of 2)

    116. Insights From A Leadership Coach: Interview With Pod O'Sullivan (Part 1 of 2)

    Padraig O'Sullivan or Pod as he is known was the business leader I supported in my role as an Executive Assistant. He was a mentor and informal coach to me and I consider myself fortunate to have come into his orbit. 
    Pod’s reputation as a leading leadership advisor and Top Teaming expert has been established with over 20 years leadership and coaching experience encompassing Australia, Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East. He has been labeled “one of Asia’s top leadership experts” and is author of the award-winning series of International books “Foreigner In Charge: Success strategies for expat leaders”.
    What you’ll learn in Part 1 of my interview with Pod includes:
    What makes a leader more impactful The importance of learning from each step on your career climbing frame The importance of finding the commonalities and connecting the dots so you can be clear about your strengths and when you’re really in flow How he helps leaders be better leaders How he feels about leaders who have chosen not to have an EA How he engages the leaders’ EAs in the 360 process and why The one thing he believes gets in the way of an effective EA/leader relationship How curiosity is key https://podosullivan.com/
    https://theleadershipcontext.com/
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/padraigbosullivan/
     
    Podcast is “The Leadership Diet” find it in your favorite podcast app

    • 43 min
    115. How Executive Assistants Can Lead Without A Title

    115. How Executive Assistants Can Lead Without A Title

    Robin Sharma is the author of The Leader Who Had No Title and in this episode I share his recommendations on how to lead from where you are and four things you can do NOW to build your leadership skills and the perception of you as a leader.
    Watch the video of Robin discussing these concepts here:
    https://youtu.be/u9IEeHqsTDs
    To find out more about Robin Sharma and this book head to his website 
    https://www.robinsharma.com/book/the-leader-who-had-no-title
    Learn more about My EA Career at www.myeacareer.com

    • 16 min
    114. The One Thing You Need To Be Indispensable

    114. The One Thing You Need To Be Indispensable

    Catching listeners up on the content of a free webinar I delivered today sharing the ONE thing I believe we truly need in order to be indispensable.
    Unfortunately the recording of the webinar is only available to those who registered prior to the event. But the video and slide deck will be available to members of the Empowered Assistant Collective. 
    The doors to founding members are now open. If you'd like to see what it's all about and consider if it's right for you, head over to https://bit.ly/jointheeacollective
     

    • 15 min
    113. Power Skills for Executive Assistants: How To Handle A Difficult Conversation

    113. Power Skills for Executive Assistants: How To Handle A Difficult Conversation

    A common problem for EAs (and in fact common to most of us) is struggling to communicate effectively in crunch moments.
    When it comes to tackling a tricky situation that requires you to speak up, how many times do you find yourself
    -Avoiding the issue hoping it will go away?
    -Having the difficult conversation and then it getting out of hand?
    Episodes where I’ve discussed tackling uncomfortable conversations include:
    #55 How To Approach Difficult Conversations - Steps for Executive Assistants
    #18 Why Executive Assistants Need To Get Comfortable With Uncomfortable Conversations
    #85 POWER Skills for Indispensable Assistants: Communication Skills
    In this episode I share two strategies you can use to PLAN your approach to tricky conversations.
    I’ve created a download that you can access by going to http://bit.ly/being113
    You can find more information on the SBI framework here:
    https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/situation-behavior-impact-feedback.htm
    You can read more about Petrea King's approach here:
    https://www.flyingsolo.com.au/live-smarter/make-difficult-conversations-easier
    To register for my free webinar "The ONE Thing You Need To Be Indispensable" go to https://bit.ly/theonethingwebinar
     

    • 22 min
    112. Your Value Star: How Defining Our Virtues Empowers Executive Assistants

    112. Your Value Star: How Defining Our Virtues Empowers Executive Assistants

    I came up with the concept of My Value Star™ when I was post breast cancer, struggling with a lack of confidence and self belief.
    In Chapter 11 of my book “Coming Home from Breastcancerville" I talk about my 'career wilderness years' after having children and how I lost touch with what made me invaluable as an employee.
    Somehow it took hitting rock bottom due to breast cancer treatment and recovery for me to look at myself differently. Despite feeling lost and unsure of anything I doodled this five-pointed star and identified five qualities that spoke to my value.
    That five-pointed star was the first step in me reinventing myself and rebuilding my confidence and self belief.
    In this episode I share how My Value Star came about, why I encourage you to spend some time reflecting on your own virtues and I have created a free workbook to help step you through this process.
    You can find the free workbook here: https://bit.ly/yourvaluestar
    In this episode I also mention a free webinar I am running on Wednesday 2nd September at midday (AEST). To register go here:
    https://bit.ly/theonethingwebinar

    • 24 min

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35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Cooking up a storm ,

Great advice and easy to listen to

Lilz brings warmth and personality to her grounded practical advice. I've not only learned some valuable things, I've really enjoyed listening to her information, and to the interesting mix of guest speakers. This podcast has great productivity tips as well as adding a depth of caring for the person delivering seamless service in the area of Office Professionals.

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To Administration Professionals this is a resource must in your tool kit. I really appreciate and enjoy listening to this podcast.

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Another great podcast!

Thank you Liz for sharing your knowledge and insights on how we can become indispensable in the workplace. Your podcasts are a must listen for all Office Professionals who want to remain relevant in our changing business world. I’ll be ready for the next set of waves. Thank you

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