death: empty office desk and chair
Opinion

A Death in the Organization: Thinking about the Unthinkable

By - November 25, 2021

Marion Freund wants Assistants to be better prepared if the unthinkable should happen
Out of Africa
Opinion

Out of Africa

By - November 25, 2021

Helen Monument shares her experience training young Maasai students in Kenya
love: heart made up of many people
Leadership Opinion

Good Morning, I Love You

By - September 25, 2021

Libby Moore discusses bringing the energy of love back into business and teaching people how to love themselves
analyse adapt approach
Opinion

Analyse, Adapt, Approach: Meeting Your Executive Where They Are

By - September 25, 2021

Use emotional intelligence to manage yourself, your executives and their wider team, explains Meghan Breen
transition from Executive Assistant: digital hands shaking hands
Opinion

Making the transition from Executive Assistant to Strategic Business Partner

By - September 25, 2021

Aim for a more strategic role and focus on growing your abilities, explains Hettle Vasani
Utilize her strengths
Opinion

The Pandemic Helped Me Discover the Best Way to Utilize My Strengths

By - September 25, 2021

Evon Wood shares how working from home allowed her to re-evaluate her career development to utilize her strengths
Olympia Dukakis & Bonnie Low-Kramen
Opinion

A True Partnership: Olympia Dukakis and Bonnie Low-Kramen

By - July 25, 2021

Bonnie Low-Kramen describes her mutually respectful partnership with Olympia Dukakis, in which they both felt truly supported
Opinion

Bonnie’s Workplace Wish List

By - January 25, 2021

Bonnie Low-Kramen shares her workplace wish list for 2021 We will all remember 2020 as the year that got put on hold. Assistants the world over had what felt like five minutes notice that their world was turning upside down. As we tried to catch our breath, by May we settled into working from home... Read more »
Opinion

We Have Always Worn Masks

By - January 25, 2021

Thom Dennis explains why we have always worn masks and how COVID-19 has further shaped them Wearing a mask has never been more important; it is saving lives globally. But in business, at home and socially, we already wear many masks.  These vary according to the multiple roles that we play in our lives, from... Read more »
Opinion

Recognising Negative Thoughts

By - January 25, 2021

Negative thoughts always want something that cannot be changed to be different explains Graham Price Many years ago, a CEO I worked with shared with me one of his secrets of success. He told me that the way most people think entails ‘wishing for the impossible’. The Executive explained he was referring to negative thoughts.... Read more »
Opinion

Key Lessons Learned from Mental Health Challenges

By - November 25, 2020

Kemetia Foley shares key lessons learned from mental health challenges and how they helped her prepare for the pandemic lockdown Twenty-five years ago, a tsunami of years of family chaos, twenty-one moves in 18 years, a divorce, and a binge drinking problem brought me to my knees.  Little did I understand how that collapse would... Read more »
Opinion

When the Going Gets Tough

By - November 25, 2020

Shelagh Donnelly offers her perspective on actions you can take when the going gets tough It’s November, and spring is underway in the southern hemisphere. Those of us in northern climes recently marked the close of Daylight Savings Time for this year. Darkness falls upon our locales a little earlier each day – and will... Read more »
Opinion

Leadership and Social Influence Skills

By - November 25, 2020

Lucia Landini explores the leadership and social influence skills that Assistants use in their role Assistants are leaders and, like any leader, must improve and develop many skills. 1. Reliability and Trustworthiness Assistants need to be reliable and trustworthy – for our executive(s), for our colleagues and for the organization. Our personal values and traits... Read more »
Opinion

How to Plan a Career Break without Sabotaging Your Career

By - September 25, 2020

Sarah Kerrigan gives us her top tips on planning a career break Taking a career break is easier than you might think and once you’ve set your mind to it, the process is a simple but meticulous matter of saving and planning, with a clear end goal in sight. I took the time out to... Read more »
Cover Story Opinion

Black Women and the Workplace

By - July 25, 2020

Ayanna Castro shares her experiences, and those of other Black women, and the workplace I am Black and I am a woman My mother often reminded me of this because there would be times when I would have to be twice as good to receive half the credit. Degrees, certifications, experience and accomplishments might go... Read more »
Opinion

I am the Woman

By - July 25, 2020

Jacqueline Smith shares her experiences as a Black woman in the United Kingdom I am the girl who couldn’t wait to go to school.  I enjoyed learning, making friends, riding my bike and playing after school.  A relatively normal childhood.  I remember hot summer days when you could play outside until you were exhausted and... Read more »