Opinion

You never know what is around the corner

By - March 25, 2018

Rona Cant shares her story of being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease He walked into the room with a group of students following him and, without any introduction, said ‘You have early onset Alzheimer’s, but not for many years yet’. There was no explanation, no words of hope, no apology for the message. Then... Read more »
Opinion

Are You a #MeToo? Assistants Ready to be the #SilenceBreakers

By - January 25, 2018

Bonnie Low-Kramen asks if this is the year when assistants speak up regarding the dark truths of their workplace in the effort to create a better one? I’m a #MeToo and I am happy I lived to see this day. To be more accurate, these days. The days the silence broke to the point when... Read more »
Opinion

The Foundation of IAAP: Admins supporting Admins

By - November 25, 2017

The future is bright says Amy Hooley  The Foundation of IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals) has a long history. But, more importantly, its future is bright, and so is the future of the administrative professionals it supports. We all know by now that admins are the glue that hold offices together. We know that... Read more »
Opinion

Gratitude for this profession: Webathon Recap

By - November 25, 2017

My heart is full of joy, respect, gratitude, and humility says Vickie Sokol Evans What do you get when you bring together 58 world-renowned trainers and VIP guests covering 61 topics for 64 hours of learning over a three-day weekend with a global online audience of 708 attendees, plus countless memes promoting the event –... Read more »
Opinion

Executive Assistant by Day and Trainee Special Constable by Night

By - September 25, 2017

When considering outside commitments, don’t underestimate the power of your skillset and experience explains Carly McIntyre
Health & Wellbeing Opinion

I Have a Mental Health Condition

By - March 24, 2017

Mental ill health affects one in four people, so it is very likely that you, or someone you know, could be affected says Leanne Cripps
Opinion

What is the reality?

By - March 24, 2017

Who is right – the people on the ground or the reported news from those who want to sell a paper? asks Rona Cant How often have you been faced with a situation which you believe you understand perfectly only to realise that you are totally wrong because your interpretation is made up of hearsay... Read more »
Opinion

What I Wouldn’t Give…

By - January 25, 2017

Never be too quick to assume the worst, nor give up hope says Sandy Geroux Several years ago, one of my dearest friends called me.  Her husband of 21 years had just suffered three strokes and was in the hospital.  I flew to New Hampshire to be with her because she was scared to death... Read more »
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 »