Opinion

Rio 2016: I’ve had the time of my life!

By - November 25, 2016

Regina Rezende shares her experience of the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games I have always been involved with volunteering, since I worked in the 90s for an American bank who used to organize groups to help orphanages and rest homes, but I have never worked in sports volunteering, mainly because this kind of volunteering is... Read more »
Opinion

Creating a better tomorrow – today

By - November 25, 2016

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow – Ralph Waldo Emerson If you were to create an album that mirrored the tracks of your life how would it sound and would you download it?  What would that album say about your life? I’m going to tell... Read more »
Opinion

Thoughts on joining the PA profession

By - November 25, 2016

Sophie Roche gives us an insight into her first six months as an Assistant In summer 2015, I was among the thousands of graduates pouring out of university with little idea of what job I was going to do – the term bandied about by myself and my fellow graduates was that we were soon... Read more »
Opinion

Good recruiters are like good hairdressers

By - November 25, 2016

Niki gives a personal perspective on what businesses are looking for when they recruit, and why trust is so vital in making the relationship work. A good recruiter is like a good hairdresser: someone who can make you look the best you possibly can, if you build a trusting relationship. I took different roles before... Read more »
Opinion

Because You’re Worth It

By - September 26, 2016

Richard Arnott asks whether recognition and salaries in the Executive Assistant profession are where they should be
Opinion

A Conference is not just a Conference

By - March 25, 2016

Joanie Nel explains why attending a conference, such as LIVE Johannesburg, can be a minefield of golden nuggets ready and waiting for you to snatch them up
Opinion

Can you Imagine Life Without Your Phone?

By - January 25, 2016

Ring the changes with Carole Spiers’ timely guide… Are you a member of Mobile Phones Anonymous? In other words, are you addicted to your cellphone? Now before you start to roll your eyes, let’s see how you answer these questions: Do you stop what you’re doing every time your cellphone rings? Does a WhatsApp alert... Read more »
Opinion

What’s Holding you Back?

By - January 25, 2016

The sky’s the limit if you’re brave enough, believes RONA CANT As I write this article I am listening to the news that our first official British astronaut, Tim Peake, is to take off into space today for the International Space Station. Another headline concerns a woman who was diagnosed with a very aggressive type... Read more »
Opinion

Rugby Balls, Juggling Balls and Breaking Balls…

By - November 25, 2015

Patriotic Clare Lister is not a happy bunny about England Rugby’s World Cup performance but she has taken away something from the tournament – a reflection that business can learn a lot from sport… and a realisation that she’d rather be in the boardroom than on the rugby pitch anyday!     So, we’ve hit... Read more »
Opinion

Make Space for the Future

By - July 25, 2015

This year there have been many Anniversaries celebrated from Wars to Weddings. As time goes by we acquire many memories as well as objects that remind us of those happy times we have experienced in our lives. Be it a memento from a successful project, a much loved book, photographs of a special moment, we... Read more »
Opinion

Your Future is In Your Hands!

By - November 25, 2014

They say you can’t have it all! The question is do we want it all? No one asks us that question – they just assume that they know how we feel. But do they? I have always believed that every one of us is made in our own unique form.   A lot has changed... Read more »
Opinion

Children and the Boardroom

By - March 25, 2014

As a cognitive neuroscientist and business psychologist I believe it is unattainable to achieve a 50/50 gender mix in all senior management positions in UK businesses by 2020 because women innately want to be the primary care-giver. It goes without saying that there are many women who prefer or need to work full-time, however, women... Read more »
Opinion

Make Just One Person Happy!

By - January 25, 2014

A while ago I started an article with “Time is the only issue we have absolutely no control over” and saying how relentless it was and how disconnected we were becoming from other humans due to computers, mobile phones etc. That is the case in many spheres of our lives but there is something that... Read more »
Opinion

Corporate Art and its Role

By - September 25, 2013

With hundreds, if not thousands, of companies building a personal gallery for the office, it seems businesses are becoming a modern day Medici to the art world. Banks, call centres and law firms are furnished with paintings nowadays, yet corporate art has become so much more than just a conversation starter at the water cooler.... Read more »
Opinion

So What Was Your Last Challenge?

By - July 23, 2013

It’s the weekend and the sun is shining. You’ve cleared your desk, had your meetings and circulated the action points, your “To Do” tray is cleared and the weekend is beckoning. So will it be a family weekend – meeting your parents, in-laws, aunts and uncles you haven’t seen for ages at your long lost... Read more »
Opinion

A Modern Day in the Life of a PA

By - July 23, 2013

Over the many years we have focused on secretarial recruitment we have watched their role within businesses shift dramatically. Today, we are seeing two very distinct new directions evolving alongside the traditional PA requirement. “On the one hand we are seeing the growth of the PA as company “hub” within an increasingly virtual, mobile, self-sufficient... Read more »