CEO's Secret Weapon: How Great Leaders and Their Assistants Maximize Productivity and Effectiveness
I don't think executives realize that their assistant is their partner. They are an extension of you. They give you the capacity to do so much more. – Dr. Ken Blanchard, Author, The One Minute Manager
Do you really need an executive assistant? If you're reading this book, the answer is most likely a resounding 'Yes!'
Executives often fail to capitalize on the immense resource sitting right outside their office in the person of an exceptional executive assistant. That solutions-oriented individual who adds value by enhancing the executive's productivity, elevating their performance and functioning as their indispensible business partner and 'right arm.'
As you read this book, you will discover the genesis of the formidable talents that are the hallmark of exeptional assistants, and understand the value they can bring to you. Throughout the book you will hear from dozens of executives and close to one hundred assistants, who gave the author a candid look into their day-to-day activities, the expectations and demands on the executive-assistant relationship, as well as their advice for how executives and assistants can work successfully and productively together. As you read about these assistants, you will begin to understand why you should not settle for anything less than a stellar assistant who knows what you need and how to give it to you, who will smooth out your life and make your workday a rewarding experience.
This book provides not only the inspiration to achieve a successful business partnership, but also provides know-how and practical tools to recruit, train and work on a day-to-day basis with an exceptional assistant, showing you how to put their exemplary talents to good use.
Part 1 explores the relationships between successful executives and their assistants and defines what an 'exceptional executive assistant' is.
In Part 2, Jones describes the crucial characteristics that all exceptional executive assistants epitomize, and how they are critical to not only your day-to-day routine, but to your success as an executive or entrepreneur.
Part 3 of this book will explore the processes, resources and skills that you will need to hire an exceptional assistant.
Part 4 takes a deeper dive into the executive and assistant relationship and offers a guide to setting up a successful partnership. As with any business collaboration, it is a two-way street. In order to solidify the partnership, the executive must reciprocate.
With examples throughout from successful CEOs and entrepreneurs, this book will help you create a robust, dynamic and productive partnership with your executive assistant.