The relationship that Assistants have with their Executive is fundamental to their success in the role. It is a critical relationship for Assistants.

.Nicky Christmas.

The Strategic Assistant

The Strategic Assistant Online Course 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.

Registration for the 2020 class is closed. Enrolment will open again in 2021.

So what is The Strategic Assistant Online Course?

The Strategic Assistant is a 12-week online training programme that will show you step-by-step how to build a strategic business partnership with your Executive, craft your role, future proof your career and not get left behind as the Assistant role continues to evolve.

Build an effective and dynamic strategic partnership with your Executive

The Strategic Assistant consists of 12 core training modules. Whether you want to start building the relationship with your Executive or take your current role to new heights, The Strategic Assistant Online Course can help. This 12-week online programme provides the crucial elements you need to succeed as a high-level Assistant.

Every effective partnership between an Assistant and their Executive starts with a strong foundation.

In this module, we will take an in-depth look at the basics you need in the Assistant role before thinking about how to move into a strategic position. We will look at how Assistants can elevate themselves in the role by creating a new way of thinking and a new way of working that is strategic, business-focused and proactive. We will cover:

  • Course introduction and what to expect from the Strategic Assistant online course

  • Trust, loyalty, honesty and respect: An introduction to strategic partnerships
  • Are you ready to start building your partnership? Ten questions to ask yourself and your Executive
  • Worksheet: Accelerating trust

By the end of module one, you will have a clear idea of what it means to be a strategic partner and a rock-solid plan in place to get started. Module one will be led by Shirwyn Weber.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach for Assistants who want to work as a strategic business partner.

In this module, we will look at how Assistants can craft their role so that they are working proactively rather than reactively. We will create an effective job description that is aligned to the strategic needs of the business, and the mindset shift Assistants need to take to be more intentional in their career. The module includes:

  • How to move away from ‘tick-box’ administrative tasks
  • Creating a job description that works for your role
  • Crafting your role: Your 90 Day Plan 
  • Creating SMART goals and objectives that align with your organisation’s strategy

  • Worksheet: What motivates you and your Executive? 

At the end of this module, you’ll know exactly what your role should look like, how to align your job description to the work you do, creating goals for your career and working with a purpose. Module two will be led by Amanda Vinci.

For Assistants to move into a strategic partnership role, the working relationship with their Executive must be solid with both sides of the partnership aware of what they need to bring to the table.

For Assistants to thrive as strategic partners, the partnership must be reciprocal and dynamic. In this module, we will look at the supervisory support you need to become a strategic business partner and the part your Executive needs to play in making the partnership successful. You will learn:

  • Creating a team for two and an ‘easy intrusion’
  • Encouraging your Executive to delegate
  • Understanding the rationale behind our Executive’s decisions.

  • Worksheet: Managing your 1-2-1 meetings as a space to show your competency in the role

At the end of this module, you’ll know how to position your role as a strategic partner and deliver a service that will make you stand out as a strategic partner with the buy-in from your Executive. Module three will be led by Nicky Christmas.

Communication between an Assistant and their Executive is everything! Assistants have to communicate effectively and strategically so that they get the most out of every interaction.

In this module, you will come to understand that continuously communicating with your Executive, and an open and honest dialogue is key to the success of your partnership. You will learn how to make your communications effective and impactful and have influence with your Executive and colleagues.

  • Effective listening
  • Understanding different behavioural styles and communication preferences
  • How to master difficult conversations
  • Communicating with clarity and confidence

At the end of this module, you will master the tools needed to communicate effectively with your Executive and approach conversations with purpose. Module four will be led by Amanda Vinci.

At the centre of the Assistant role is the working relationship they have with their Executive. The relationship has to be effective and intentional for the Assistant to thrive in the role and for the Executive to drive the organisation forward.

In this module, we will explore what it means to work within the inner circle. That is the team that operates around your Executive and influences their thoughts and decision making. We will share techniques that will boost your confidence so that you see yourself as part of the inner circle and an equal to those working in that position. The module will cover:

  • Exploring the concept of the inner circle
  • Executive Committees – How they work
  • Creating your own inner circle and building influence
  • Exploring the relationship between manager and Assistant

At the end of this module, you’ll understand how to operate within the inner circle, where your strengths lie, how to create influence and build effective relationships. Module five will be led by Shirwyn Weber.

Assistants are smart, they work hard, and they are productive. However, along with creating a strategic business partnership, Assistants also have to think about how they can create an impact in their role and across their organisation.

How does what you do as an Assistant have a meaningful impact on the business?

During this module, we will share strategies on how Assistants can move the needle and achieve greater success across their organisations. You will learn:

  • Know thyself: where is your needle now?

  • Know others: where is your Executive’s needle?
  • Finding opportunities for growth (yours and the companies)

  • Having the confidence to share your ideas and insights
  • Getting strategic visibility
  • Feeling the fear and doing it anyway – learning to love failure

  • Creating the impact and feel your needle move

Following this module, you will build your confidence and develop critical strategies to add value across the organisation and influence strategic decisions. Module six launches will be led by Nicky Christmas

We know that having a strong personal brand is crucial in business. In the digital era, it is important more than ever for Executive Assistants and Personal Assistants to build a reputation that inspires confidence.

In this module, we will look at the power of personal branding for Assistants and how to use networks to build your influence and get things done. The module includes:

  • Become a person of influence by elevating your brand through networking
  • How to communicate your value and uniqueness through your spoken word
  • Discover your ‘Big Game’ (your mission, vision and purpose)
  • How to elevate your credibility by adding value online and offline
  • Become known, liked and trusted in your industry

At the end of this module, you’ll have the tools you need to develop your reputation, elevate your credibility and build your network. Module seven will be led by Amanda Vinci and Nicky Christmas.

To work successfully as a strategic business partner, Assistants have to increase their overall understanding of the business, take the initiative and be proactive.

In this module, you will learn how you can build your strategic thinking while staying on top of your day-to-day tasks. Once you understand your organisation’s strategy for growth and how you and your Executive fit into that strategy, you will thrive! The module includes:

  • The road to strategic thinking
  • Developing your business awareness on a shoestring budget
  • What your Executive wants you to know
  • Improving your strategic thinking

At the end of this module, you’ll have everything you need to build your business understanding, start to think more strategically and add value across your organisation. Module eight will be led by Nicky Christmas.

In our second module, dedicated to the partnership between an Assistant and their Executive, we will explore in further detail how to build an effective partnership

For Assistants to thrive as strategic partners, the partnership must be reciprocal and dynamic. In this module, we will look at the supervisory support you need to become a strategic business partner and the part your Executive needs to play in making the partnership successful. You will learn:

  • Operating in partnership
  • What do they pay you for? Getting results beyond the drift!
  • Holding yourself accountable
  • Giving and receiving feedback

At the end of this module, you’ll understand the complexities of working in partnership with your Executive, where you both add value and areas for improvement. Module nine will be led by Amanda Vinci.

Assistants often work at an extremely high capacity and get through a ton of work. They are a huge asset to their organisations. However, the speed at which they work can lead to burnout.

In this module, we will cover how Assistants can survive and thrive in a fast-paced working environment and set boundaries that will help alleviate unnecessary stress and burnout. We will cover:

  • How to engage in consistent and constant communication about your needs
  • Productivity and priorities
  • Delegating and automating your work
  • Discovering your boundaries and respecting them
  • Understanding the signs of burnout and when to take action

At the end of this module, you’ll set boundaries that work for your personal circumstances, understand when to say no and learn how to work in high-pressured environments. Module ten will be led by Nicky Christmas.

In this module, we will bring you case studies and real practical tips on how Assistants can create the mindset need to succeed as a Strategic Assistant.

We will cover how Assistants can shift their mindset and move into a strategic partnership with their Executive. We share interviews, case studies and advice from successful strategic business partners. You will learn:

  • How to overcome imposter syndrome
  • How to manage your Executive’s time strategically

  • How to build intuition and proactivity
  • How to maintain a high level of energy to get the job done
  • How to ensure nothing falls through the cracks 

  • Working with constant change
  • Taking the time for self-growth

At the end of this module, you’ll have heard from the best and learned valuable lessons from those who have created strategic partnerships with their Executives. Module eleven will be led by Nicky Christmas, Amanda Vinci and Shirwyn Weber.

The Assistant role continues to evolve. Now, more so than ever, Assistants need to look to the future, how the role will change, and the skills needed to future-proof their career.

In this module, we will cover the future of the role, what it will look like, and how a Strategic Assistant will fit in the organisation. We will discuss career options and what is possible for Strategic Assistants now that the office and business as a whole look very different.

  • Staying visible and in the loop while working at home
  • What does the future look like for Assistants? 
  • What are the new skills needed for Strategic Assistants? 
  • What is next for Strategic Assistants? Defining your career choices

At the end of this module, you’ll know how a clear plan in place to future-proof your career, the steps you want to take on completion of this course and how to work in the ‘new normal’. Module twelve will be led by Shirwyn Weber.

When does The Strategic Assistant start? 

The Strategic Assistant enrolment happens only twice a year, but once you’re in, you’re in for life. Enrolment for The Strategic Assistant usually opens in March and September each year. Once you sign up, you can choose to go at your own pace throughout the year, or join other students and finish the training in just 12 weeks. 

Do you need more information?

We are happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Gain access to our library of templates and resources

Here are a selection of the templates, work sheets and bonuses you will receive.

Worksheets

Each module comes with worksheets that will help you plan your next move and develop your role.

Checklists and Templates

We have a bunch of checklists and templates that will save you time and resources.

Questionnaires

We have questionnaires and surveys you can work through with your Executive so that your partnership is on the right track.

Ready to go resources

Each module contains a lot of ‘ready to go resources’ that you can integrate straight into your every day tasks.

You will be supported every step of the way

This online training course will be the most in-depth and thorough online training course for Assistants in 2020.

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Meet your coaches

Ask questions and receive feedback every step of the way. Feel supported with our team of coaches.

The Strategic Assistant online Course

Nicky Christmas

Founder and Editor of Practically Perfect PA

Shirwyn Weber

Executive Assistant and Winner of The EA of the Year South Africa 2019.

Amanda Vinci

CEO of The EA Institute.

Ask questions and get feedback every step of the way from our team of talented coaches and mentors.

These fellow Assistants, mentors and coaches will bring expertise, strategies and their own experiences to help you move through The Strategic Assistant Online Course.

In The Strategic Assistant course, you will never feel lost or left behind.

Timing of the programme

Everything is online

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Registration for the 2020 class is open closed. Enrol will be open again in 2021.

The live program is a full 12 weeks.

We estimate that each module will take 2-3 hours per week. We have a week break during the course.

Once the 12 weeks are complete, and all content has been released, you’ll have access to the entire library of training materials, and you can revisit and review the materials as often as you wish.

You also have lifetime access to the course, so if we run it again, you have a spot at the table.

What sets The Strategic Assistant apart from other courses?

Why should you join us?

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