How do I Deal with an Executive that Always Says Yes? – Ask an Admin


Welcome to Ask an Admin! This is where any administrative assistant or executive assistant can submit any question they have and your peers can weigh in on the conversation with their advice. There is more than one way to approach a situation or problem so we would love to hear your input!

This week Karen asks:

How do Administrative Professionals deal with an executive who says yes to everything?

Background info: Our new CEO says yes via meeting requests via email, text, LinkedIn, Facebook and many other social media channels and then in an email or other post tags me asking me to set up a meeting. I’m struggling since the new CEO started in November, I have a Google doc with all of the requests have come through, ranked them via importance. He isn’t making it a priority to prioritize his schedule and also he doesn’t look at his schedule, I can email, print out or text meetings and he only wants to know what meeting is next. He can also get upset if he’s not prepped properly, but if he’s not making our meetings a priority how can I prepare him properly for success in his role?

So it sounds like Karen may have a “button masher” (someone that just clicks approve or yes without looking) and isn’t taking the time to prep himself. Wow! This is a tough one…

Well what does Karen need to do? What can she do?


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