“It’s not a job anymore,” renowned admin trainer Lucy Brazier told a full house at last year’s Admin Pro Forum conference in Orlando; “it’s a profession. One-fifth of the world’s population work as assistants.”
But how many of them are really more than that, having become indispensable to their supervisors and their companies? In such a crowded field, how many have locked down not just job security but a career arc that’s always moving upward?
How do you get that?
Brazier, publisher of Executive Secretary magazine, went on to describe for her audience the nine characteristics that truly successful top-level assistants display:
1. Authority. They convey a sense that they’re always in control and can be trusted to make good decisions without oversight. They seize responsibility rather than wait for it to come to them.
2. (register to read more). Top-flight assistants never go dark and never hesitate to be honest. They leave no one...