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
Opinion

Recognising Negative Thoughts

By - January 25, 2021

Negative thoughts always want something that cannot be changed to be different explains Graham Price
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
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
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 »
Opinion

Working with a Micromanager

By - July 25, 2020

Lucia Landini explores ways of working with a micromanager The relationship between an executive and an Assistant is based on trust and respect: the more the executive delegates, the more the Assistant can take responsibility, practice leadership, manage their time, undertake projects and grow in their role.  However, the process of completing a project becomes... Read more »
Opinion

The Dolce Vita Strategy

By - July 25, 2020

Vania Alessi discusses Italian Assistants in the film industry and the Dolce Vita strategy of coping with the pandemic “The Mythicals” It was a hot September day in 2017 when I had a phone call with a brilliant woman whose emotions and enthusiasm I remember perfectly. Daniela Masciale shared with me the details of a... Read more »
Opinion

Innovative Assistants in the COVID-19 Pandemic

By - July 25, 2020

The pandemic could create an unprecedented number of strong and innovative Assistants says Sunethra Jayaratne Nugawela 2020 is an unforgettable year; possibly the most challenging in global history.   A tiny virus monopolizes and controls the whole world whilst people learn to accept uncertainty, manage risks and do business virtually. There has been a  sudden and... Read more »
Opinion

Digital Declutter

By - May 25, 2020

Is it time you did a digital declutter? asks Jacqueline Leib Now is a great time to spring clean our computers.  We always think about spring cleaning when it comes to our homes, but just as it is a good time for house cleaning, it is also a good time to clean up our computers.... Read more »
Opinion

Remote Working After COVID-19

By - May 25, 2020

Is remote working here to stay? asks Maria Fuller COVID-19 has killed more US citizens than the Vietnam war.  It reduced the British Prime Minister to intensive care and plunged the global economy into turmoil.   The global death toll is horrifying. The catastrophic effects of the global pandemic have caused dramatic change across all areas... Read more »
Opinion

The Evolution of Diary Management

By - May 25, 2020

Cheela Srinivasa Rao walks us through the evolution of diary management and details his best practice In this article, we will revisit the evolution of diary management, from the earliest times to the present day, and then discuss the best practice of diary management that will enhance your efficiency. Having a diary means making a... Read more »
Opinion

How Executive Assistants Use Influence

By - May 25, 2020

Basil Read provides the results of his study into how Executive Assistants use influence for the good of the business Conventional wisdom and the popular press tell us that Executive Assistants are influential, yet there has been little research into how these essential staffers of c-suites and front offices impact the organization.  Scholars who examine... Read more »
Opinion

Jack of All Trades

By - November 25, 2019

The strength of an assistant lies within the diversity of the role argues Sisii de Winter Administration Assistant, Gatekeeper, Office Manager, Receptionist, Secretary, HR Manager, Procurement Specialist, Interior Designer, Facilities Manager, Event Planner, Travel Agent, IT Support, Diary Coordinator, Nanny, Personal Shopper, Copywriter, Project Manager, Book Keeper, Social Media Manager, Communications Manager, Counsel and Advisor,... Read more »