The relationship that Assistants have with their Executive is fundamental to their success in the role. It is the key relationship for Assistants and the one part of the role that Assistants have to get right. Without a successful partnership, the work just becomes that much tougher.
This guide is designed to explicitly teach Assistants, step by step, how to create a strong partnership with their Executive. We will look at the techniques and strategies Assistants can employ to build the collaboration so that they are used effectively and are seen as real strategic business partners.
Over the last ten years, I’ve followed how the Assistant industry has changed and how Assistants must elevate themselves.
In this guide, we will cover one really practical idea that has been part of the changing nature of the Assistant role, and that is the Assistants as a ‘strategic business partner’. Or in other words, aligning your Assistant skills with the strategic growth of the business and the strategic objectives of the Executive.
You will all be at different points along the road to being a strategic business partner.
Unfortunately, there is no road map for this because the Assistant career path is so varied and we all have such different experiences in the role, that change from job to job and company to company. A lot of this work you will have to do on your own, with the support of your Executive. But.
You’ve got to do it!
To make sure that you future proof your Assistant career and that you are not left behind, this level of interaction within your business is imperative.
It is as vital as it was 30 years ago to know how to use computers and new technology. If you only work on administrative tasks and do not work strategically, your role will be replaced by AI and automation.
Also, it’s worth noting that the strategic work, this is where the reward and recognition lives, this is how you get yourself noticed and develop your Assistant career.