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My business strapline is “Outsource everything but your brilliance”. For most people, managing a diary or complex travel isn’t what they are brilliant at. So an amazing assistant can transform someone’s working life quite dramatically as they can focus on what they are meant to be doing. I also think having “a second brain” is a wonderful thing for a busy person to make sure things aren’t missed. We support others to be amazing in their roles and make their lives easier and I love that about the job.
What one piece of advice would you give to an Assistant just starting out on their career journey? #TipsForAssistants
Learn as much as you can about the company you are working at, communicate with your direct reports and line management as much as you can – don’t rely on email it can get misread or missed! Pick up the phone, video zoom, walk over to their office, get to know people personally, it has a much better impact and you can build good relationships. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, you don’t know everything but neither does everyone else, asking a question is a positive not a negative. Be open to new challenges whatever they are and ensure your personal brand is on point, don’t underestimate how much people notice how you speak to people and how you approach things. Never say “no it’s not my job” as you never know what that piece of work may lead to and what kudos you may get for doing something outside of your standard remit.
January 2019 | Carole Gaskell, Full Potential Group | MeetingsClub | The Compleat Angler, Marlow | Motivation
Carole Gaskell from the Full Potential Group, who spoke engagingly about our key drivers, what motivates us and why it is just so important to understand them.
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