Hiring the “right” assistant is one of the most important decisions you will make as an executive/manager. Trust me, don’t settle or your professional and personal life might start falling to pieces.
Invest the time and the resources to find the “right” assistant for you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to headhunters and recruiting firms. You may also choose to approach assistants whom you admire for their professionalism and work ethic that are already working elsewhere. Don’t be shy to use LinkedIn and your professional network to consider all the possible options out there so you can find the “right” assistant for you.
Choosing a career as an administrative professional can be a thankless and demanding position at times. Managers, coworkers, and customers can constantly be tugging at you for requests and asking for what seems impossible to be made possible.
When I chose the career of the administrative professional, I knew I would be choosing a career in the service industry where my role would mostly focus on supporting others and helping them to achieve success. I knew my days would be filled by saying, “Yes, I’ll get right on that.” “Sure, you bet.” “Can I help you with that?” “What can I do to help you today?” I fully understood that this could be a very demanding position both physically, mentally, and emotionally. However, I also was mindful that the person responsible for taking care of my career success, my health, pursuing personal interests and hobbies, and connecting with my family was ME.
I would describe my administrative career as great, important, fulfilling, and fun! What would you say about your career? From my perspective, I believe that anyone can have a rewarding, fulfilling career. The question is “how can each of us create a great career so we can enjoy “A Great Day’s Work?”
Your career choice is important. In fact, it’s critical to your overall happiness. Chances are you will spend more time at work than at home or with family and friends. Therefore, it’s essential to align your interests, skills, training, and passion with a career that you will enjoy each day. Your happiness at work can help a business thrive as well as contribute to the success of the person to whom you support. In return, our happiness can have a tremendous impact in our own personal lives–both in relationships and personal wellness.
When was the last time you made a conscious effort to review what you do while identifying both why and how you do it?
Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of Priceline.com, is a successful entrepreneur and motivational speaker. He encourages his audiences across the world to question why. In 2013, I ranked Jeff as my No. 1 favorite motivational speaker. Having had the opportunity to hear Jeff again this year, he is currently tied with Jason Dorsey to be my No. 1 favorite motivational speaker for 2014. On a side note, congratulations to Jeff on his recent publication Scale now available through Amazon.
Each time I hear Jeff present, I walk away with pages filled with notes and ideas. Jeff encourages his audiences to never stop learning and to never stop exploring. One of my favorite stories told by Jeff is the day he spent with his five-year-old niece. Jeff’s niece questioned everything, and I mean everything around her! Click here to read a tender moment shared by Jeff as he learns from his young niece.
After hearing Jeff speak a little over a week ago, a colleague recommended that I read the book Start With Why by Simon Sinek. You can take a sneak peek of Simon’s TED Talk here.
Both Jeff and Simon share one clear message, start with why.
When Victoria Louise-Rabin launched Behind Every Leader (BEL) just a couple of years ago, I was intrigued and interested to attend the first Behind Every Leader conference in Anaheim, CA. Having attended other professional development conferences for decades, I was fascinated by her two-day program. Having now attended not one but three Behind Every Leader conferences I continue to be captivated by her speaker selection.
In addition to hearing experienced trainers and speakers such as Julie Perrine, Melba Duncan, Jeff Hoffman, Lisa Olsen, Sandy Geroux, Sue France, Lucy Brazier, and Bonnie Low-Kramen, Victoria has been fearless in seeking out and encouraging top administrative professionals from across the globe to share their stories. Kudos to Victoria for doing an incredible job pulling remarkable administrative professionals away from their desks and offices to talk about their journey and lessons learned along their career path.