Career Development

I feel the need, the need for speed

By - November 25, 2017

Technology is not always the answer to increased productivity says Claire Lister In today’s fast-paced working world we all want to be able to put our foot on the accelerator pedal to help us get through the mountain of tasks that have come our way. Technology undoubtedly helps us be efficient and responsive, but I... Read more »

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)

New Year New Office: Improve your Outlook for 2014

By - January 25, 2014

Each year, most of us start the New Year in the same fashion: looking back over the last few years, trying to focus our direction in life and writing those all-important resolutions. Yet how many of us actually put personal development on that list? How many of us look at the ways in which we... Read more »
Personal Development

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 »

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 »

‘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 »

And now the case for speedwriting!

By - March 25, 2012

Does note-taking fill you with worry? There is an easier way says Heather Baker I read with delight the article by Adam Fidler in Issue 3 of Executive Secretary last year. Adam and I both agree that shorthand is a wonderful skill that shouldn’t be lost. I originally learned Pitman shorthand in 1971, first at... Read more »

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 »

Shorthand and Speedwriting – What’s the Difference?

By - July 25, 2011

Adam Fidler explains the difference between speedwriting and shorthand Two of the biggest questions I get asked by new students who want to learn shorthand is what type of shorthand they should be learning, and what the difference is between speedwriting and shorthand. It’s quite simple. A system of speedwriting is when someone uses a... Read more »