Managing Expectations: Building a Strong Relationship with Your Executive

In the world of executive assistance, the relationship between an Assistant and their Executive is paramount. It’s the foundation upon which successful collaboration is built. One of the critical aspects of this relationship is managing expectations. The better your relationship with your Executive, the easier it becomes to navigate their expectations and communicate effectively.

Understanding Your Executive’s Moods

Like all of us, Executives have their good and bad days. Being attuned to your Executive’s mood is crucial. If they’re in a bad mood, it might not be the best time to bring up new ideas or projects. Conversely, when they’re in a good mood, it could be an opportune moment to discuss new initiatives or share innovative thoughts.

The Power of Laughter

Laughter is a universal language that can bridge gaps and strengthen bonds. Making your Executive laugh can go a long way in building rapport. It humanises the relationship and creates a connection beyond the professional realm. Finding common ground in humour can be a game-changer, even if your Executive is known for being grumpy. It’s about understanding what makes them smile and leveraging that to create a positive atmosphere.

Communication is Key

A strong relationship with your Executive facilitates open and honest communication. When you have a good rapport, it becomes easier to discuss concerns, share ideas, and even push back when expectations seem too high. Your Executive is more likely to listen and value your input when they know you’re invested in the work and that you care about the outcomes.

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Handling High Expectations

Sometimes, the expectations placed on you may seem unrealistic or overwhelming. This is where the strength of your relationship with your Executive comes into play. When your Executive knows you’re committed to the job and that you care about the work, it becomes easier to have candid conversations about workload and expectations.

It’s natural to feel pressured to complete every task, even if it means working late into the night or starting at the crack of dawn. However, it’s essential to have open conversations about what’s feasible and what might be stretching the limits. Your Executive is more likely to understand and adjust their expectations when they know you’re dedicated to delivering quality work and that you have their best interests at heart.

In conclusion, building a solid relationship with your Executive is about managing expectations and creating a mutually beneficial partnership. It’s about understanding, communication, and collaboration. As an Assistant, you are uniquely positioned to influence and contribute to the success of your Executive and the organisation.

If you want to take your skills to the next level and become a strategic business partner, we invite you to join our online course. This course is designed to equip you with the tools and insights you need to become an invaluable asset to your Executive and organisation. You’ll learn how to think strategically, communicate effectively, and drive results that make a real impact.

Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your career and become the Strategic Business Partner your Executive needs. Enrol in the course today and start your journey towards becoming a more effective and influential Assistant.