What Pushing Carts at Walmart Taught Me About Company Culture

When I was 17 years old, I worked in the Pet Department at a Walmart Supercenter in Kansas City, MO. I stocked cat-litter, dog-food, and sold goldfish in plastic bags to customers I knew I’d see the following week looking for a replacement “Goldie.” During one particularly hot and humid Missouri summer month, I was repeatedly asked to go outside in the heat to [...]

2018-06-17T15:47:30+00:00 June 17, 2018|Leadership|

Top 5 Ways to Thank Your Assistant

A couple weeks ago, I heard a story about how an executive and his wife put on a party for their assistant and other assistants in their company. They did all the work themselves and would not let their assistant help with any of it. Seems simple, right? It is, but have you done something like this for your assistant? This got me thinking [...]

2018-03-13T15:32:24+00:00 March 13, 2018|Leadership|

An Open Letter to Assistants: You Are A Leader

For years, I thought leaders were the ones in charge, or the ones with important titles. It turns out, everyone has influence and is a leader to those around them – even if they don't acknowledge it. Does your assistant see themselves as a leader? Today's post is an open letter directly to my fellow assistants, encouraging them to see themselves as leaders. [...]

2018-07-04T13:10:46+00:00 January 31, 2018|Leadership|

A Thank You Note to Executives

I recently published an open letter to executives asking them to respect assistants. I’ve been overwhelmed by the response I’ve received. Hundreds of assistants have shared, liked, commented, and reached out to thank me for speaking out on their behalf. Unfortunately, many of them echoed my experiences with disrespect among leaders. I hope my letter encouraged many of those assistants to stand up for [...]

2017-12-22T23:16:11+00:00 December 4, 2017|Leadership|

An Open Letter to Executives: Respect the Assistants

To C-Suite Executives, VPs, Pastors, Managers, and Leadership Team Members: Many of you are very kind, professional, and understanding when relating to assistants. If that’s you, thank you for treating us as colleagues and partners. We love to serve, and leaders like you make it more enjoyable and fulfilling to do so. If not for you, many of us would have given up on [...]

2018-06-11T01:44:48+00:00 July 23, 2017|Leadership|

6 Questions Your Assistant Should Ask You

All sorts of headlines promise to show us how to enjoy life, be better, set goals, get more done, and so on. But often times, behind these headlines are posts with vague thoughts on work and life. They might inspire us to be more but do they actually help us day-to-day? My goal with this post is to give you something you can apply to your job today. [...]

2018-04-22T16:09:55+00:00 December 22, 2016|Leadership, Productivity|

How to Rest Well During the Holidays

It’s been a long, crazy, up and down year. You're running on fumes, but you tell yourself to “Finish strong” because you have too much work to do. Instead of looking forward to some time off, you’re dreaming about how much you could get done with a few days of uninterrupted time. You make all sorts of excuses about how far behind you are, [...]

2017-05-04T03:47:31+00:00 December 7, 2016|Avoiding Burnout, Leadership|

4 Ways to Help Your Assistant Help You

In my 8+ years as an executive assistant, I spent most of my time in the weeds. Yes, it was my job to stay in and sort through those weeds. But as I take an honest look at my time in that role, I realize I missed out on a lot. I spent little to no time helping other assistants, honing my skills, or [...]

2016-11-01T19:48:01+00:00 November 1, 2016|Leadership|