office move: boxes and packing tape
Project Management

Planning and Executing an Office Move

By - September 25, 2021

Ian Shipley shares his experience and lessons learnt when managing an office move
start up fundraising process
Project Management

Managing a Startup Fundraising Process

By - July 25, 2021

Gretlin Prukk explains how Assistants can shine during the startup fundraising process
managing expectations on projects
Project Management

Managing Expectations on Projects

By - May 25, 2021

Marie Herman shares her top tips for managing expectations on projects to ensure success
Project Management

Be a Lean Assistant Using the Poka Yoke Approach

By - September 25, 2020

Daniela Fasano explains the Poka Yoke approach to becoming a lean assistant As many of you may already know, Lean Management and Lean Thinking are principles and techniques derived from the Toyota Production System, established around 70 years ago and now widely adopted across industries worldwide. The lean concept can be applied in any business... Read more »
Project Management

Become a Better Project Manager with Templates and Project Plans

By - March 25, 2019

Julie Perrine explains how to make it simple to streamline projects If you’re like most assistants, you have plenty of recurring tasks. These are things you might do on a daily or monthly basis, or even just once a year. But there’s no need to start these tasks from scratch each time. Anything you do... Read more »
Project Management

Monday Morning Blues and Email Management

By - September 25, 2015

Inbox overload? Call Max the invisible genie… The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. Stephen Covey Sophie works for an international engineering company and is Executive Assistant to the Managing Director Richard Hogan. She has a BSc in History and speaks fluent French. She is based in... Read more »
Project Management

A New Look at Project Management

By - March 25, 2015

In modern times, project management is a technique utilized in many different fields of application including construction, engineering, industrial, defense (military logistics and organic) and, more recently, the development of software. One of the earliest and most important contributions was given by the American Henry Gantt, who introduced in the early years of the 20th... Read more »
Project Management

Sourcing the Best Photographer for an Event

By - July 25, 2014

How do you find a good event photographer? When looking for a good photographer the best way is personal recommendation – if you have a connection with someone who can give you the photographer’s details this is excellent. This will mean that they have worked with that individual or company already and can give valuable... Read more »
Project Management

Meetings – Getting it Right

By - July 25, 2014

Meetings take up vast amounts of time, yet far too often attendees say they have been bored and while physically they have been in the room, mentally they have been somewhere else entirely. Meanwhile, minute takers desperately try to hear, understand, translate and record all at the same time. Too many meetings are appallingly run.... Read more »
Project Management

Bring on the breakfast meeting

By - July 25, 2014

The saying goes “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and while I agree, I want to take this adage one step further and claim “breakfast is the best time to meet during the day”. To help communicate this message, and inspired by an increase of breakfast meeting enquiries, we have launched London... Read more »
Project Management

The First Steps in Planning a Meeting

By - July 25, 2014

The prospect of planning a meeting can be daunting, especially if you’re new to the task. As with many endeavors, getting started can be the hardest part. It helps if you begin with a good grasp of the meeting itself and the outcome you want to achieve. The more information you gather upfront, the more... Read more »
Project Management

How Effective are Your Meetings?

By - May 25, 2014

The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favour of holding meetings ~ Thomas Sowell A key part of the role of the Executive Assistant is managing time. Not only your own time, but those around you and those who you support. It is estimated that the UK alone loses c$140bn... Read more »
Project Management

They Speak. But Who is Listening?

By - May 25, 2014

We’ve previously looked at the task of choosing and booking a guest speaker. It should be an enjoyable and rewarding process with great results. But one factor remains important for every event and, I would say, is frequently overlooked or “kicked into the long grass” when a hurried decision is made. Having worked with professional... Read more »
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Partnerships Really are the Way Forward in Business Today

By - May 25, 2014

A single arrow is easily broken, but not 10 in a bundle – Japanese proverb Having been lucky enough to have the role of Partnerships Manager at Grange Hotels created nearly three years ago, I was filled with a mixture of excitement and trepidation; what did it really mean? Grange Hotels, being London’s largest independent... Read more »
Project Management

An Introduction to PRINCE2

By - March 25, 2014

There’s a general misconception that you need to hold a particular qualification or at least some level of project management experience prior to undertaking a PRINCE2 qualification. In actual fact the course is accessible to anyone, it can be applied to projects of any size, and it’s not just for those in the IT industry.... Read more »
Project Management

Adding Value is the Key to Event Success

By - March 25, 2014

The term “added value” is no stranger to those in the business world. A key concept in business studies, added value is all about enhancing a product or service before it reaches the customer and something which customers are demanding more and more. Added value is the key to event success. I’m not talking about... Read more »