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Diversity is not inclusion

“If you do not understand the benefits of difference, you will always align yourself to your similarities, and in doing so, you will miss out on the beauty that variety brings to the table.” This is a quote I came up with while deepening my knowledge in this interesting subject of diversity and inclusion. This […]

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Why you should get out of your comfort zone right now

Why you should get out of your comfort zone right now

A crucial aspect of being an Assistant is that ability to organise everything backstage so that others can shine. We are so used to being that support for others that quite often we are stuck in a bit of a rut with our own personal and professional development. I wonder if it stops us from […]

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How to set goals for your career that you can stick to

How to set goals for your career that you can stick to

It’s coming up to that time of year again where we all sit down with our Executive’s to review our performance and set goals and objectives for next year. I’ve often been critical of this process in the past because, in many organisations, performance reviews for Assistants can often be nothing more than tick-box exercises […]

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Career development experts Assistants should follow on LinkedIn

Career development experts Assistants should follow on LinkedIn

Most of us have got a profile on LinkedIn, just in case we decide to change our role and need to have our resume online. LinkedIn is great when you decide to look for a new job but it is also a pretty great place to start if you want to develop personally and professionally. […]

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Why every Assistant should have their own personal vision statement

Why every Assistant should have their own personal vision statement

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?  A great question isn’t it? This is where I started when I created my personal vision statement. I love Practically Perfect PA, and I find the work really rewarding, but I have been doing this for 8 years and it was definitely time to stop […]

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How do you measure your career success?

How do you measure your career success?

There are so many events, webinars, publications, blogs out there that talk about career success for Assistants. Career success comes in many shapes and forms and, let’s face it, is an entirely personal definition. It could be that you define success as having a fantastic salary, amazing job title, or office all to yourself. It […]

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How to set goals for your career that you can stick to

How to set goals for your career that you can stick to

It’s coming up to that time of year again where we all sit down with our Executive’s to review our performance and set goals and objectives for next year. I’ve often been critical of this process in the past because, in many organisations, performance reviews for Assistants can often be nothing more than tick-box exercises […]

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Why every Assistant should have their own personal vision statement

Why every Assistant should have their own personal vision statement

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?  A great question isn’t it? This is where I started when I created my personal vision statement. I love Practically Perfect PA, and I find the work really rewarding, but I have been doing this for 8 years and it was definitely time to stop […]

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Growth plans for Assistants

Earlier this year I read a fantastic blog from Hallie Warner, chief of staff at Adam Hergenrother Companies on the who, what, when and how of growth plans. The blog details Hallie’s objectives for 2019 and how she goes about putting together her growth plan for the year. I loved the blog post so I […]

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10 questions to ask during your mid-year review

10 questions to ask during your mid-year review

We are halfway through the year, and it is likely that at some point soon you will have a mid-year review with your manager. If you don’t have anything in the diary or your Executive hasn’t mentioned getting together for a review, I would highly recommend you do something about it. Mid-year reviews are an […]

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Giving and receiving feedback at work

Giving and receiving feedback at work

At last week’s Future Assistant Conference, we had a brilliant session on how you can manage an awkward conversation. Our wonderful speaker, Julie Leitz, introduced the session by saying that most advancements in our careers and our lives come from difficult conversations, but actually, we are never taught how to have these conversations, how to manage […]

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Smash your mid year review

With September being half way through the financial year for organisations it is most likely that at some point soon you will have a mid-year review with your manager. If you don’ have anything in the diary or your Executive hasn’t mentioned getting together for a review I would highly recommend you do something about […]

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