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The view: What’s it like at the top?

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If you and your boss are rising up the ladder fast, you’ll soon know the benefits and sacrifices as an admin at the top. As one CEO’s admin says, “It’s lonely at the top,” but it also affords her the opportunity to be a true partner to her boss.

Three CEO admins share the critical steps for landing, and staying, on top:

• Weed out information and people ruthlessly. The goal, of course, is keeping distractions to a minimum, so the boss stays focused on important tasks. Barbara Cashin, executive assistant to the CEO of the American Management Association, says, “I go through [my boss’s] e-mail, and print out and put in front of him the messages he needs to follow up on ASAP. I maintain a list of to-do’s, and some of the messages land on that list, so I can follow up.”

When it comes to dealing with people, Cashin says, you must remember that your boss is paying you to be discreet and trustworthy. “You can’t get too friendly or ...(register to read more)

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