Need a book recommendation for your summer reading? Purchase the book “Be The Ultimate Assistant” by Bonnie Low-Kramen, former Personal and Executive Assistant to Olympia Dukakis and her husband Louis Zorich. This is a must read for every assistant!
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Bonnie, and she’s traveling the globe to help you become “The Ultimate Assistant.” Check out her schedule and sign up for one of her workshops today. Here’s what she shared in our recent interview:
1. You are an accomplished author and trainer. What book did you write? Tell us about it. “Be the Ultimate Assistant, A celebrity assistant’s secrets to working with any high-powered employer” was borne in 2004 out of my awareness of the lack of resources not only for celebrity assistants, but all professional assistants. I wrote it to be the book that assistants would keep at their desks and use as an important reference book. (And that has happened. My absolute favorite thing is when someone shows me their book all marked up with highlighter and post-it notes!) In order to give readers a complete view of the profession, I tapped my colleagues at New York Celebrity Assistants, who generously shared their stories as well. I’ve revised the book five times and I am delighted to report that it is a bestseller with over 100 reviews on Amazon. Many companies and recruiters buy the book to give to new hires as a gift, which helps them get up to speed much faster.
With hundreds of candidates applying for the same position in today’s job market, employers are increasingly conducting job interviews on the telephone to identify and recruit candidates for employment. Have you ever had an interview on the telephone? How did it go? How did you prepare?
I was recently approached by an employer to help screen and interview administrative professional candidates over the telephone to fill an administrative support vacancy. I was delighted to accept this invitation and looked forward to talking with administrative professionals who were seeking the same career I so enjoy.
For nearly a decade, I have had the opportunity to partner and support CEO Ted Gaebler. Ted retired from his CEO role this past February. Joe Chinn, Assistant City Manager for the City of Rancho Cordova, was appointed Interim City Manager from February-June, and Brian Nakamura was appointed City Manager effective July 1, 2014. Over the course of the past five months, I have supported three different CEOs.
When supporting a new executive/manager, there’s often times some adjustments that need to be made, and those adjustments are often times made by the administrative professional. Building a new effective work partnership takes times, ongoing communication, and patience. This relationship is absolutely critical and should be a top priority!
Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” One of my favorite movies is “The Pursuit of Happyness.” This 2006 American biographical film based on Chris Gardner’s struggle with homelessness reminds me that we can each create opportunities to support one another’s goals and dreams by what we give. What difference can you make? Where can you give?
Administrative professionals can be extremely influential individuals both in and out of the workplace. Administrative professionals have the ability to get things done and make magic happen. Each of us has the ability to help influence and guide individuals to grow their careers. We also have the ability to create new opportunities and to help others work towards their success.
Over the years, I have spent countless hours in my home office taking online classes, checking email, working, researching something on the Web, grading papers, preparing lesson plans, creating presentations, and now blogging. This year I reached out to Kerrie Kelly and Katie Tomlinson, Interior Designers at Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, to help me refresh and revive this important room in my home. We’re adding fresh paint, fun colors, an inspiration wall, fun fabric, better lighting, and more to increase my productivity, creativity, and happiness while I’m working through my To Do List.
The following narrative represents ideas from Kerrie Kelly on how to create a “perfect home office.”
The line between working in and living in our homes has become less distinct. More and more people want to have a home office, whether it’s a simple space for taking care of household business, a spot for the inevitable papers and projects that make their way home from the office, or a dedicated spot for a full-time business.