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Be a Trailblazing Assistant

Your office environment is a mix of workers and trailblazers, and the two have nothing to do with titles. Workers tend to know their job and only their job. They work with their heads down. They show up but show little interest in understanding the business as a whole and working to further the vision of the organization. They may be really good at what they do, but the overall value they bring to the company is lacking because they’re not part of the bigger picture.

Assistants who are trailblazers are valuable team members who understand the business, work for its best interest, and strive to succeed in every interaction and every project. They ingrain themselves into the culture of the company. They are constantly willing to go above and beyond to work for the best interest of the company. These assistants are the team members who elevate to a higher level and are invited to become members of the executive team. They truly serve as value-added partners. That means they never work on autopilot. They are constantly awake, aware, and engaged at work. Because of the way they work, they are able to consistently provide benefits to the organization. Here are some great ways you can show you are a team member who can add value:

Demonstrate discipline.

It can be easy to get distracted at work, especially for those assistants who work in an open office space. You may become bogged down in unimportant tasks and overlook critical ones. Don’t let that happen! Work with focus and discipline.

Streamline your job.

Always strive to develop innovative and effective ways to accomplish tasks and assignments. Doing something one way simply because you’ve always done it that way means you’re not working to improve. Take some time to think about each task you do and see if you can improve the process. The goal should be efficiency and effectiveness.

Understand your company’s brand and always work to further it.

As an assistant, you are in a prime position to do so. Demonstrating that you’ve taken the time to become familiar with the objectives of your company and that you know how to contribute to its betterment will truly set you ahead of the pack.

It’s time to ask yourself a question: Am I a worker or a trailblazer? If you’re ready to blaze your own trail, look at Joan’s newest eBook, Earning Your Place on the Executive Team.


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5 thoughts on “Be a Trailblazing Assistant”

  1. Joan, I loved this article.

    Executive Assistants defiant belong next to their Leaders. When I am introduced to clients, my Executive will say, “this is my Partner”.

    He recognizes the value of what I bring to the table.

  2. Bravo!! Thank you, Joan, for defending and promoting our profession. I would love to see this issue bubble up and perhaps picked up by a news show like 60 Minutes. It’s a hot topic. (You’d be great on TV!)

  3. Joan – what a great article! Thank you for bringing this reporter into the current decade and beyond of our profession! As Brenda says above this really is a perfect retraction for the article. I hope you’ll consider it!

  4. Joan, your article should be a retraction in the Wall Street Journal. At Nationwide, the executives depend on us to not know their favorite salad, but to assist with deadlines, to manage their travel schedules, to manage their email and to make certain that they do not miss anything. I once asked my Sr. Leader if he knows exactly what I do. He said, I know what you do because I never miss a deadline, I do not have a line out my door, I don’t miss meetings – as a matter of fact I have all the information for those meetings well in advance which prepares me for those meetings, I’m the President of this company because of our partnership – it was a team effort. Best of all, I don’t have a line at my door. You are my front door and assist with managing my business partners. Without you, I couldn’t manage.

  5. Joan – good for you for standing up to this absolutely ridiculous article and having the knowledge and facts to back it up. You are the true “Rock” to this profession!

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