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. [...]

2018-10-31T01:33:27-05:00January 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 [...]

2017-12-22T23:16:11-06:00December 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 [...]

2019-06-05T17:49:32-05:00July 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. [...]

2018-04-22T16:09:55-05:00December 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, [...]

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

4 Ways to Help Your Assistant Help You

In my 12+ years as an executive assistant, I've spent plenty of time in the weeds. Yes, it's my job to stay in and sort through those weeds. But as I take an honest look at my time as an EA, I see I often miss out on a lot. I don't spend enough time helping other assistants, honing my skills, or working on [...]

2019-06-25T17:18:44-05:00November 1, 2016|Leadership|

Why We Micromanage and How To Stop

I have a confession to make. I’m a control freak. I like things done the right way. Of course, when I say “right way” I mean, “my way.” If someone does something well — but not exactly the way I like it done — I will go out of my way to correct it. I’m sure my wife would be happy to tell you [...]

2018-12-29T03:07:44-06:00October 26, 2016|Leadership|

What Your Assistant Wishes You Would Do

Imagine this — tomorrow morning you arrive at the office, say "Hi" to your assistant and ask, “Did you get my email? Is everything taken care of?” Your assistant responds with, “Yes, I got your email. In fact, I got all 27 of your emails. Oh, and I stayed up until midnight meticulously taking care of each one of them. Just like I’ve done for [...]

2017-05-17T14:27:15-05:00October 19, 2016|Leadership|

5 Steps to More Time, Energy, and Success

In today’s fast-paced, busy-is-productive society, we’re bombarded with texts, emails, deadlines, blog comments, meeting requests, employee conflicts, budget reviews, social media pings, and (fill in the blank). Is your blood pressure rising yet? You likely spend the majority of your day reacting to what’s seemingly urgent, which leaves you little, if any time or energy to work on what’s actually important. How much longer [...]

2017-06-27T01:33:30-05:00October 13, 2016|Avoiding Burnout, Leadership, Productivity, Resources|