One of my favorite superheros was Supergirl – yes, Supergirl! Superman’s cousin.
She travelled halfway across the universe to find a power source that could save her world from total annihilation. And, she did all the cool superhero stuff, too – you know, leapt tall buildings in a single bound, looked right through things, bent steel bars, etc., etc. – just like her famous cousin!
Sadly, though, unlike her cousin, she didn’t star in another Supergirl film. She was relegated to movie history – almost forgotten…until now.
I came across this trailer while searching for videos that I could add to my upcoming posts. Of course, I had to share it with you, and try to find some commonalities between Supergirl and ourselves.
Here are some lessons that I think we can learn from her…
Lesson #1. Go the distance — in everything that you do.
See every administrative task until its natural end. Don’t give up by faltering when things get tough! Those of us that can withstand administrative difficulties and challenges, ultimately become the leaders of the administrative staff – the people that all others look to for help in the time of trouble.
Lesson #2. Make sure that you have the skills and tools that you need to get the job done.
Read. Train. Observe. Gain the skills and the knowledge that you need to do your job. There are so many books, tutorials, courses, blogs, even mentors that you can and should call upon to gain those skills. And always remember, that you – your drive, your determination –are your greatest asset when it comes to advancing your career. Don’t underestimate yourself or shortchange your administrative career by not adequately preparing for the challenges you’ll inevitably face.
Lesson #3. Use your connections wisely. Do not abuse or take advantage of those colleagues that helped (and continue to help) make you who you are.
Never underestimate the power of the people that you support and work with. Get noticed by them – volunteer for an event that they’re involved with, find ways to work on projects and teams with them, cultivate your business relationships in such a way that you become the go-to-person when they have administrative questions or concerns. Take ownership of your career by cultivating your network of colleagues, and stand tall when they come to you for help or advice.
Lesson #4. Work quietly, effectively, and efficiently in the background. Embrace that position – there is power in it!
You’ve heard the saying that behind every successful man there is a successful woman. Well, here’s my spin on that old adage…
Behind every powerful Executive, there is an equally powerful Assistant!
You have the power to shape projects, outcomes, and ultimately, your Executive. What you do can make him/her either a complete success or a complete failure. Err on the side of success by understanding your role and that you hold the keys and the cards. A Superhero Assistant is a manager of managers, a leader when it comes to the behind-the-scenes work. A Superhero Assistant is one that listens, digests information and facts, and speaks or acts last – and with decisiveness, backed by knowledge.
Think about these lessons as you go through your day and ponder your career aspirations.
Feel free to share with me what other lessons you can learn from your own favorite Superhero. I can’t wait to read them.