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How to build trust with your Executive

How to build trust with your Executive

One of the most common challenges I hear from Assistants who want to push their career forward is that their Executive’s do not trust them enough to hand overexciting projects and tasks. This is generally because the Executive struggles to delegate and likes to be in control of all of their work, or they don’t […]

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How to work with a boss that wants everything done right now!

How to work with a boss who wants everything done right now!

I was recently reading through the comments on one of the fantastic online networks for EAs when I saw an Assistant had posted a question asking if it was okay to take time off following a knee operation, even though her boss had assumed she would be back in the office the next day! As […]

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Eight great business books for strategic Assistants

Eight great business books for strategic Assistants

The trait that I admire most in exceptional leaders (think Oprah Winfrey and Brene Brown) is the time they dedicate to learning new things. I love that they read, take on new ideas and concepts and never stop growing. This is something that I always try to find time for, and I think it is […]

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How to take initiative when working with a micro-manager

How to take initiative when working with a micromanager

Working for someone who is a micromanager is hard work. There is no denying it, and it is especially true for Assistants. We are there to save our Executive’s time and the organisation money. It is hard to do that part of our job if our Executive is involved in everything that we do. Micromanagers […]

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How EAs can navigate work place politics

How EAs can navigate work place politics

The term office politics comes with a lot of negative connotations. It is very much associated with game playing where the ability to win is equated with success and losing will keep you on the lowest step of the career ladder. In my experience, most Assistants will steer very clear of this type of behaviour. […]

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What does it mean to be a collaborative Assistant?

What does it mean to be a collaborative Assistant?

Every business and organisation needs its employees to work together, to move projects forward and reach common goals. Collaboration is an essential skill for everyone. However, for Assistants, collaboration is vital. We have to work with other members of staff on projects and reaching common goals. We also have to build a fantastic relationship with […]

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Working with the executive team

Working with the executive team

As assistants most of us will interact with our organisation’s Executive team on a daily if not hourly basis. Your manager may well be part of the Executive team. If that is the case you will have even more phone calls, meetings and general engagement with other Directors and top-level members of staff.

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Saying 'no' nicely

Saying 'no' nicely

A short and sweet blog post today. I was going to write about setting boundaries and saying ‘no’ nicely but then I found this article – and it is better than anything I could have written so I thought I would share it with you.

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Speaking with authority at work

Speaking with authority at work

Recently speaking in public and delivering training courses has made me so much more conscious of my voice. Last week I talked to a group of students studying journalism at a university in Barcelona. The group were a mix of British and Spanish students so I had to make sure I spoke clearly and that […]

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How to be an assertive Assistant

How to be an assertive Assistant

I think it is hard for Assistants to be assertive, especially when we want to be helpful, supportive and take a flexible approach with our work. Also, I’m not 100% sure what our managers even mean when they say they want us to be assertive, do they want us to be assertive with them and […]

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How should Assistants represent their boss at a meeting

How should Assistants represent their boss at a meeting

As I have moved up the career ladder and become much more of a business partner as well as an EA I have found myself frequently attending meetings on behalf of my manager and representing them at lots of different events and functions. I can remember the first meeting I went to instead of my […]

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Do you have the confidence to open the boardroom door?

I’m not quite sure why I’ve been so lucky, but in my last three roles, I have sat near the company boardroom, in the previous two offices, in fact, I’ve sat directly outside the boardroom. As I said, I don’t know why I was so lucky! I would see the comings and goings of all […]

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