Woman Wednesday Issue #10

The Assist Newsletter
March 9, 2022

Woman Wednesday

Each week, we’ll highlight a badass woman from our community and you’ll have the opportunity to nominate a member to be featured in a future issue (heck, you can even nominate yourself 🙌).

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WOMAN OF THE WEEK

Meet Miki Brown 👋

Miki Brown

Hi, I’m Miki!

Professionally — I am a life long EA with 25 years of experience. I love what I do and those I work with. I am truly lucky to work alongside some of the smartest, most talented, and kind people in the industry.

Personally — I am the mother of two AMAZING kids. My son is 18 and my daughter is 16. I am married to my husband and best friend of 22 years. I have two fluffy, cute dogs.

I like to think of myself as an eternal optimist — always living life to the fullest and trying to approach life with grace, a smile and laughter.

✨ Want to connect with Miki? Say “hi” on LinkedIn.

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Q&A CORNER

Miki’s Secrets

 

Q: What’s something you do to help boost your productivity?
A:
 List, list, list! I write everything down; if I don’t write it down, I can’t trust I will do it.

Q: How do you find work life balance?
A: 
I believe that it’s a very conscious choice one has to make. It is very easy, especially now when the lines between home and work are blurred, to not make this balance a priority.

In my case, I have a home office and at the end of my day, I shut the door. Seems like a silly thing, but it makes a difference. I shut the door and it allows me to make the transition mentally. That is not to say that I don’t check my phone or respond to any texts or emails from those I support — but it really does allow my work mind to shut down.

I also cherish my time off. I do my best to take my time off, and when I am off — I am off. I am lucky to have a co-worker (and friend) who covers for me, so when I am on vacation I know that I can trust her to do whatever needs to get done.

Q: What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve received so far?
A: 
Don’t be afraid to fail.

With every failure there is a lesson and a path forward. I believe that mistakes and failures are stepping stones to development and growth. It is what you choose to learn and change that creates success from failure.

Secondly — always, always lead with kindness.

Q: What’s your favorite software or app that helps with your workflow?
A: 
The Microsoft teams app. It allows me to be able to be as responsive as I would be if I were sitting at my desk.

Q: What’s a book or podcast you’d recommend to a colleague?
A: 
I guess I would have to recommend the book our CEO wrote: Digital Business Transformation by Nigel Vaz!

🧠 Learn how to make a coverage plan for the next time you’re out of office.
😌 Here are some quick tips on how to disconnect when working from home.

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BLESSINGS IN LESSONS

Stick to The Facts

 

Early in my career during the annual review process, one of my key stakeholders did not take the time to provide me any feedback. He was responsible for any compensation adjustments, bonus allocations, potential promotions, and formally documenting my performance.

I was really hurt by his actions. When the time came for our actual discussion, I chose to tell him the impact his actions had on me. It was one of the most difficult conversations I have ever had to have professionally.

He was the CEO, and I was his EA. I was nervous and scared to “call him out”. That being said, I came prepared to the conversation and presented my thoughts in a professional, unemotional way. His response was nothing short of amazing. He really heard what I had to say, and understood why it impacted me in the way that it did.

From that moment on our working relationship thrived, and there was a newly established level of mutual respect and trust. It was a turning point in my career.

The lesson I learned that day continues to resonate with me until today.

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NOMINATE TO BE FEATURED

Know any go-getters? Send them our way.

 

Do you have a mentor, colleague, family member or friend who inspires you on a regular basis?

Give them some much deserved kudos and shout them out to our growing TA community.

Nominate someone here

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