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Ep #91: Linda McFarland – Longtime Executive Assistant and EA Coach

Linda McFarland has supported a dozen CEOs in Silicon Valley and in this episode, Linda shares her decades of experience through stories that bring out the thoughtful lessons learned throughout her career. Linda has more executive assistant experience than most, yet she is also one of the most humble Leader Assistants I've met. We chat about working at large and small companies, how your [...]

2020-11-22T22:42:59-06:00November 29, 2020|Leadership, Podcast|

Ep #90: Jennifer Connelly – From EA to Chief of Staff to Director of Operations

Jennifer Connelly began her career in fashion working for designer Jeff Garner of Prophetik Clothing. After working her way up from intern to Brand Director, the 2008 downturn left her looking for the next chapter and she found her place working side by side with deeply talented visionaries in both the private and non-profit sectors. Jennifer talks about her path from executive assistant to [...]

2020-11-22T11:36:35-06:00November 22, 2020|Leadership, Podcast|

Ep #79: Hayley Cole – Executive Assistant at BlackRock

Hayley Cole provides EA support to the Head of EII EMEA Product Development at BlackRock. She is also the Co-Chair of GAIN EMEA, which is the professional network providing support and advocating for the administrative professionals at BlackRock. In this episode, Hayley shares tips on anticipating your executive's needs, staying productive, the importance of networking with other assistants, and how to cultivate diversity in [...]

2020-09-07T15:23:54-05:00September 6, 2020|Leadership, Podcast|

Assistant, Are You Ready to Lead?

Publishing a book is a lot of work. Lots of staring at a screen wondering if you’ll find the words to say. When they finally do come, you spend hours editing and cutting most of it. Once the manuscript is fully drafted, there’s no chance to sit back and enjoy your accomplishment. Instead, you have to nail down the title and sub-title, and design [...]

2020-05-10T20:55:15-05:00May 10, 2020|Leadership|

Top 5 Leader Assistant Podcast Interviews in 2019

As 2019 comes to an end, I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for many things – my family, my job, my friends, and the doctor who removed my appendix on Friday. I'm also extremely grateful for the thousands of assistants (over 63,000 in fact) all over the world who've listened to The Leader Assistant Podcast since I launched the show on March 31. I thought I'd [...]

2019-12-24T11:34:42-06:00December 24, 2019|Leadership, Podcast|

Ep #40: Jim Kelly – EA to Michael Hyatt

I can’t believe we’re at Episode 40 but here we are! I had the pleasure of interviewing Jim Kelly, who is Executive Assistant to Michael Hyatt, the CEO and Founder of Michael Hyatt & Company. Jim has some great tips on calendar management, including my favorite tactic – the ideal week. He also shares tips on managing email, contributing to your executive’s success, and [...]

2020-02-20T09:07:23-06:00December 22, 2019|Leadership, Podcast|

Ep #33: Maggie Jacobs – Executive Administrator to CEO of 6sense

If you look in the dictionary under “Leader Assistant” you’ll find the name Maggie Jacobs. Maggie loves to learn and grow, but she doesn’t stop there. She teaches what she’s learned to others in a powerful way. Maggie's story is amazing, and I’m stoked to share our conversation with you! We talk about how an assistant can and should fill the gaps at their [...]

2020-08-03T19:10:08-05:00November 3, 2019|Leadership, Podcast|

Goal Setting for Leader Assistants

I’m thrilled to share the following article from my friend Jillian Hufnagel on the important topic of goal setting for assistants. In fact, this is the first post from a guest contributor on the GoBurrows blog!  Source: Pexels.com Jillian has been supporting executives for the past 17+ years in start-ups, SaaS, Healthcare, Education and Security companies, which gives her a unique vantage [...]

2019-10-22T09:49:16-05:00October 20, 2019|Leadership, Resources|

Ep #24: Build a Healthy Culture by Admitting You’re Wrong

How can assistants help build a healthy culture in the workplace? We can start by owning our mistakes. Admitting you’re wrong is not easy, but it is a necessary skill to master if you want to be an impactful leader who builds a healthy culture in your workplace. I learned this valuable lesson about company culture while pushing carts at Walmart in high school, [...]

2019-08-24T11:28:33-05:00August 25, 2019|Leadership, Podcast|

Ep #22: Melba Duncan – EA Advocate, Author, Speaker, CEO of The Duncan Group


Melba Duncan has trained assistants since before I was an EA, so I am very grateful for the opportunity to interview her on the podcast. One of the most life-changing articles I've ever read was Melba's piece in a 2011 issue of Harvard Business Review called, The Case for Executive Assistants – which is still shared far and wide by EAs all over the [...]

2019-08-13T09:35:52-05:00August 11, 2019|Leadership, Podcast|