Career Development
Issue: November / December 2017

I feel the need, the need for speed

By - November 25, 2017

Technology is not always the answer to increased productivity says Claire Lister
Issue: September / October 2015

PROFILE – Florence Katono

By - September 25, 2015

Florence Katono is the Pitman PA of the Year 2015 & Publicity Secretary of the Bank of Uganda Administrative Assistants Association (BUAA)
Issue: May / June 2015

Stay Sane and Delegate

By - May 25, 2015

For some, the word delegation is not a word which often falls in to their work life vocabulary. Tainted with the philosophy of “if you want something doing properly, do it yourself” or the apprehension at the thought of passing work on to someone else, who already has their own workload to be getting on... Read more »
Health & Wellbeing
Issue: July / August 2013

Sun, Sand, Sea and Stress…

By - July 23, 2013

Claire Lister, MD of Pitman Training Group, offers her approach to proactively dealing with holiday hell Holiday season is approaching. It’s great to have the excitement of time out in the sun to keep us going and essential to have time to switch off, and enjoy time with family and friends. It’s also the perfect... Read more »
Personal Development
Issue: November / December 2012

Super Achievers – There’s nothing like a PA!

By - November 27, 2012

What makes a super PA? What does it take to really stand out? We look at five ways to prove to your employer you are worth a gold medal. With Olympic glory still very much in our minds, and our successes on this world stage bringing a strong glow of pride for us Brits, there’s... Read more »
Issue: July / August 2012

The New Avengers

By - July 25, 2012

When comic strip becomes reality – the Avenging role of an Executive PA ‘Earth’s mightiest heroes’, The Avengers, have recently hit the cinema again with the likes of the Hulk, Black Widow, Captain America, Iron Man and Thor joining forces to fight the biggest foe they’ve ever faced. They’ve changed slightly from their 1960’s make-up,... Read more »
Issue: May / June 2012

‘Mad Men’ and Powerful PAs

By - May 25, 2012

There is an office career revival afoot – and Secretaries are leading the way.   Whilst I’m a big believer in looking forward, not back, I’ve had good cause to reminisce over the past few months as we’re currently celebrating 175 years since Sir Isaac Pitman invented shorthand. As part of these celebrations we’ve asked... Read more »
Issue: March / April 2012

A Job for the Girls?

By - March 25, 2012

We start our journey down memory lane looking at the changing role of women in the workplace In previous articles I’ve talked about the changing role of Executive Assistants and Secretaries and how the future seems to hold involvement in, and responsibility for, a wide range of business functions, including marketing, finance and HR. This... Read more »
Career Development
Issue: January / February 2012

2012 – The Year of Your Career

By - January 25, 2012

What does 2012 have in store for you? Claire Lister, Managing Director of Pitman Training, looks at how you can make 2012 the year of your career. As we start the New Year, many of us are setting new goals, and for some, that list might include making further progress in their career, climbing a... Read more »
Personal Development
Issue: November / December 2011

Stepping up … and giving others a helping hand

By - November 25, 2011

Claire Lister, Managing Director of Pitman Training, talks about taking charge of your own career development and training as well as that of others.   In previous articles, I’ve talked about how the role of top level secretaries and PAs has expanded to include many other elements such as finance, marketing and human resources. If... Read more »
Issue: March / April 2011

PROFILE – Claire Lister

By - March 25, 2011

Pitman Training is one of the most widely recognised and respected training organisations in the world and in the first of their regular features in Executive Secretary, we caught up with Claire Lister, Managing Director, to get the lowdown on her career and what she thinks the future for executive secretaries holds. Let’s start with... Read more »