Money: What Men and Women Need To Know

14877304_sLet’s talk about money. Chances are if you don’t have a good understanding of money:  how to manage it, how to save it, and how to grow it, you will take those same money management skills and behaviors with you into the workplace.  Would you run a business the same way you run your personal finances?  Many of you might say “yes,” and others may say “no.”

I’m a firm believer that knowledge is power. As an administrative professional supporting executives and managers, it’s essential that we understand money so we can better partner with our bosses in the workplace.  They often times have budgets to oversee, revenue goals to meet, and expenses to monitor. Continue reading “Money: What Men and Women Need To Know”

Executives/Managers: Hiring the Right Assistant

17278244_sHiring 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. Continue reading “Executives/Managers: Hiring the Right Assistant”

Meet RoseMarie, Former Assistant to John F. Kennedy, Jr.

20140606_190440-2Over the past several months, I have had the opportunity and privilege to work and visit with RoseMarie Terenzio, John F. Kennedy, Jr.’s executive assistant from 1994 to 1999. RoseMarie is now the founder of RMT PR Management, a public relations and talent management firm in New York City.

It was a pleasure to connect with RoseMarie again this past weekend at Behind Every Leader in the Silicon Valley.  She’s absolutely delightful to talk with in person.

In a recent interview, I asked RoseMarie to share some highlights of her career working with John.

1.  You worked as the executive assistant to John F. Kennedy, Jr.  Wow!  Tell us what it was like to support John?  Being John’s EA was an amazing experience.  Every day was different, and I learned so much about media, publishing, and most of all integrity.  Continue reading “Meet RoseMarie, Former Assistant to John F. Kennedy, Jr.”

Getting to Know Your New Executive/Manager

henry-ford-quotes_13768-5For 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 time, ongoing communication, and patience. This relationship is absolutely critical and should be a top priority! Continue reading “Getting to Know Your New Executive/Manager”

Gatekeeper Strategies to Save Your Boss Time

7520435_sYour boss’s time is valuable and should not be wasted. Business and sales professionals, coworkers, and community members are becoming increasingly clever as they attempt to learn ways around the administrative professional so they can connect directly with the decision maker. Over the years, I have learned, tried, and perfected many strategies that administrative professionals can use in their role as “gatekeeper.” The “gatekeeper” is the person who has the responsibility and full authority to oversee access to the decision maker. Here are a few strategies I have used while serving in my role as “gatekeeper” to the CEO: Continue reading “Gatekeeper Strategies to Save Your Boss Time”