Monday, October 22, 2012

Meet Elite Admin: Barb Balle, EA to the CEO of McDonald's Corporation

Ms. Barb Balle has been employed at McDonald’s Corporation for 33 years. She is currently the Executive Assistant to the recently appointed President and CEO, Mr. Don Thompson.

Facing Career Challenges
She notes that one of the challenges in her job is the ever changing schedule. Ms. Balle says that, “…you have to be flexible and able to adapt to changes quickly.” With schedules changing constantly, she stays organized by using charts. By compiling information in charts, she is better able to see what is pending and complete. She feels that multitasking is “not as good as everyone makes it out to be” and only focuses on one task at a time before moving on to the next item on her to-do list. Her to-do lists keep her organized and on target.

Stress Management
Stress comes in all forms on any job and Ms. Balle is no stranger to stressful moments. As a breast cancer survivor, she attributes her ability to manage stress at work with the support of a team of co-workers who pitch in when necessary. She notes that it is important to know who you can get answers from when you need help. Her favorite quote by McDonald’s Founder Ray Kroc, “None of us is as good as all of us,” confirms her feelings.

Ms. Balle has been married for 20 years and has 11 ½ year old twins. She was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and is a White Sox fan. In her spare time, she enjoys Jazzercise, baking and watching reality television.

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Friday, October 5, 2012 Contest Winner

I was overjoyed to find out that I had won the latest contest hosted by! I use the service frequently to conduct webinars and it is wonderful! Attendees have fun and walk away with valuable information. Here is what attendees recently had to say about a webinar I conducted: 

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Check out the article and winning presentation, Thinking Differently about Difficult People