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 [...]

2018-12-29T03:07:44-05:00October 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|

Leave Your Assistant Alone During Off Hours

It’s a shame this blog needs to be written, but you know it does. Bosses regularly make their assistants work at all hours of the night, on weekends, and while they’re on vacation. Off the clock texts and requests are leaving assistants annoyed, over-worked, and burned out. Source: Unsplash How do I know? I spent 8+ years as an executive assistant [...]

2016-10-31T22:15:31-05:00October 7, 2016|Avoiding Burnout, Leadership|

9 Counterintuitive Questions to Ask Your Assistant

A good assistant knows what you’re thinking and anticipates your needs. But do you know what your assistant is thinking? Do you know what they need? Do you even care? Why should you care? Source: Unsplash.com How would you feel if your long-time, rockstar assistant — who took you months to find — suddenly told you she’s quitting because she wants to [...]

2016-10-31T22:16:38-05:00September 27, 2016|Leadership|