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|

10 Driving Forces Behind Burnout

Burnout often happens when we least expect it. It almost happened to me (I wrote about it here). We know something isn’t right, but we can’t quite discern what, so we push through. Those around us know we're not healthy, but don’t have the courage to speak up. Then one day we wake up and realize we've burned out — or are dangerously close to it. Source: Paige J [...]

2017-06-03T03:20:50-05:00September 20, 2016|Avoiding Burnout, Leadership|

7 Characteristics of a Good Assistant

Many of you know what it's like to have a bad assistant. If not, you've probably interacted with one who was less than helpful. A good assistant should have most, if not all, of the following characteristics. If they don’t, you may need a new one.That said, don’t be quick to point the finger at them. You're the leader, so if you're not equipping and empowering them, the responsibility falls on you [...]

2016-10-31T22:21:00-05:00August 24, 2016|Hiring an Assistant, Leadership|
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