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Talking it out with the boss: 6 tips

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Communication is a cornerstone of any relationship—at least any good relationship. So why do so many executives rely on casual, on-the-fly exchanges with their assistants?

“A lot of executives don’t do regular meetings with their assistants. And there are a lot of excuses for it,” says Joan Burge, an administrative trainer CEO of Office Dynamics.

“The main excuse, assistants say, is that their executives are too busy for regular daily huddles with them. They don’t understand that they’ll be able to help their executives even more if both sides are committed to daily huddles.”

On days when she’s not traveling, Burge holds a five- or 10-minute huddle with her executive assistant, Jasmine Freeman.

Here’s how they make the communication work:

1. Keep your agenda consistent. Example: Talk about your tasks, your boss’s tasks and any other follow-ups that need to happen that day. Decide who’s taking the next steps o...(register to read more)

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