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When your ‘assistant’ is not much of a help

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You've recently moved into a new position at a new branch location of your enterprise. You're sharing space with JKL Corp., which your firm works with on several projects. And when you started, you realized that your new assistant Diane came with the package.

Officially, Diane works for you and your company, but she's a former employee of JKL. When you asked about interviewing candidates for the assistant job, the blank stares you got from both your manager and the JKL department head made the situation clear. "We don't have much of a budget right now," they said, "so maybe down the road we'll look at adding more staff."

While Diane wasn't exactly ideal assistant material--her admin skills were and are pretty weak--she's not dumb and probably could be trained to take over your job if, as you hope and expect, you advance to running a different, bigger office. But that prospect feels very far away now; you feel as if you're ru...(register to read more)

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