For Assistants, so much of our time is taken up by the flow of information. We must process thousands of emails, documents, memos, correspondence and meeting requests. We are bombarded with information, some more valuable than others.
It can be overwhelming and often lead to Assistants taking a head-down approach to their work. The thought is that you will get through your workload, but the problem is that you will miss much of what is happening around you and become less observant.
To develop your critical observation skills, you must take a head-up approach. This means being open to information, but, more importantly, having a good understanding of what information is critical will help advance your goals and objectives.
Pay attention to what is essential and understand the less critical information to observe.
The ability to observe quickly, accurately and without bias can give you a significant competitive edge as an Assistant. In a fast-paced world of urgent tasks and fires to put out, mastering the art of critical observations will provide the value that any organisation seeks.
Do not underestimate its importance – it will define your success as an Assistant in your field. Invest in your development today by taking advantage of the Unrivalled Assistant Online Course to help you identify issues before they arise and be one step ahead. Invest wisely in yourself and remember that quality observation takes practice but will ultimately secure success for your career.