“It can be tough to feel like someone’s collaborator when you’re always running down to Starbucks to get their coffee.” - Advanced Admin Skills Workshop: Beyond the Job Description – Developing a Strong Administrative Partnership With Your Executive
Take two professionals, both having the very best intentions for their career and for the company. You’d think that would be enough to guarantee a harmonious working relationship—nope. There’s the trust issue to overcome, and maybe both of those pros have very specific ways they like things done, and maybe there’s a divide in experience and attitude … and what if one of them just happens to be expected to respond to the other’s every demand, and will be for some time?
The biggest difference between the admin support pro of yesteryear and the one that excels today is the ability to not just respond to the boss, but think like the boss. And beyond that, to think like a CEO. In her recent webinar, administrative expert, author and trainer Julie Perrine revealed what it takes to create a true partnership between boss and admin. It turns out you can be two steps below managers on the ladder, yet still wield the kind of influence that makes you invaluable.
In this first video clip, Julie laid out the elements of how to make a partnership work on a daily basis—including the use of the "First 5 / Last 5" rule:
And in this one, she took the audience on a tour of her own professional photos past and present to demonstrate the importance of polishing your image: