The relationship that Assistants have with their Executives is fundamental to their success in the role. It is the critical relationship between Assistants and the one part of their role to get right. Without a successful partnership, the work becomes that much more challenging.
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 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 concept that has been part of the changing nature of the Assistant role: the Assistant as a ‘strategic business partner’. Or in other words, aligning your Assistant’s skills with the strategic growth of the business and the strategic objectives of the Executive.
You will all be at different points in 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 different experiences in the role, changing from job to job and company to company. As a result, you will have to do a lot of this work on your own, with the support of your Executive. But.
You’ve got to do it!
This level of interaction within your business is imperative to ensure that you future-proof your Assistant career and that you are not left behind.
It is as vital as 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 strategic work is where reward and recognition are found. This is how you get yourself noticed and develop your Assistant career. Here’s a quick preview of what you will find in this guide: