Dealing with any toxic environment or person is tough, but what happens when it’s your own executive? We break down the best way to handle this challenging situation professionally and with grace, including helping you identify when it’s time to walk away.
Sure, you know Google Calendar, Tasks, Notes and Microsoft Groups. But have you mastered the automation awesomeness of Zapier or the project management prowess of Trello? Here are five next-gen tools that will take your management to the next level.
We’re BACK with another round of Q&A with the one, the only Al-Husein Madhany. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the first post in this series, What Every EA Should Know during their First 90 Days in Supporting a CEO. Then come on back to this page for more from AHM on what steps you can take right now to develop your role at your company. Good stuff!
If you don’t know Al-Husein Madhany, you should. ASAP. Not only is he a captivating motivational speaker, but Al-Husein (or AHM, as we affectionately refer to him here at ELS) is also the former Facebook Chief Chaos Tamer and Paypal Chief of Staff. At ELS, he speaks on a range of topics that covers the progressive challenges that plague EAs across the globe. Lucky for you (and us!), we sat down with the genius himself as he schooled us on the incredible resources available to EAs that they just aren’t taking advantage of. Read on to see what those are!
Jill Schons has over 20 years of experience as an executive assistant. She started her career at the Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis supporting several executives including SVP of Sales, CFO and COO. She has spent the past 14 years as an executive assistant in different areas of UnitedHealth Group, UnitedHealthcare and Optum.
To help us boost our connector confidence, we called on Lisa Olsen, CEO of Admin to Admin, a training and consulting company specializing in administrative support. Lisa let us in on her industry insights, which got us feeling ready to hit the professional development circuit and start making friends! Read on to see what she shared with us, the mindset every EAs should adopt and the one major networking opportunity you’re not taking advantage of.
Our very own Julia Ford-Carther, new to our team, attended ELS Forum: New York City. Here, she shares her experience on-site, what she learned about the EA profession and why you’ll definitely want to attend.
The onboarding process is an essential part of an induction into a company. When it comes to onboarding a new executive, the process should be in-depth and well-planned to make sure they have every chance to succeed in their new role. Diana will share her 10 top tips with you how to onboard a new executive.
At the beginning of the year we interviewed Melba Duncan, CEO at the Duncan Group, about managing up and how four simple steps can majorly improve your productivity as an executive assistant and drive the business forward.
As an executive assistant, your life can start to feel like a road that’s crammed sprinkled with surprises tasks at every corner. Tasks from your executive, a manager, or a colleague, for example, tend to slow you down from tackling the larger projects that will lead to growth in your career.
As an assistant, you’re not tethered to the pace of you of your executive. Explore how the best assistants are driving progress forward, and the mental tools they’re using to keep up but create an initiative in their career
Since 2008 and the financial crisis, the world has changed and EAs have had to change with it. In our volatile and evolving environment, we will pull the curtain back on the important global trends that affect the 1 billion assistants in the world. Bonnie Low-Kramen has been speaking and teaching in 14 countries and counting. She will share what she is hearing and seeing. Up to the minute global trends and universal truths.
Modern management assistants need to position themselves for the future, increase their visibility, act more strategically, network and also have their own career development in mind. Now is the time to proactively advocate for change as digital transformation brings incredible potential for executive assistants.
ELSx Recording: EAs are a leader’s most powerful secret weapon. Like all vital relationships, building a Dream Team of leader/EA requires the hard work of planning, training, and nurturing. The results? The sky is the limit when this powerful pair are working in harmonious concert. Proof is evident in productivity, retention, profits, and high quality of life. We will explore the nuts and bolts of exactly how you can have an ultimate business partnership.
ELSx Recording: The quick shot of dopamine from completing a task just isn’t enough anymore. In this webinar, hear Monique Helstrom, Chief of Simon Sinek, will offer her perspective on how recognizing the human behind the task can help you become an indispensable business partner and offer fulfillment that goes deeper than just checking a box.
As an executive assistant, you have a pulse on the organization and serve as the right-hand to your executive. Building a network outside of your region is vital, not just for your executive’s success, but for your success too. Diana Brandl is an international speaker, coach, and author located in Germany. Here, she defines the importance of making international connections as an assistant and how to get started.
ELSx Recording: Frustrated with the amount of time you spend fixing and formatting data in Excel? Ashamed of how your spreadsheet looks and behaves? Discover the true power of Excel to make your life incredibly easier when managing and tracking data.
Executive assistant of the week interview with ELS Forum: Vancouver contributor, Karen Dales, Executive Assistant to VP, Environment, Community & Government Affairs and the VP, People & Business Performance
ELSx Recording: Excel Tables: The Excel Feature Every Assistant (And Your Team) Should Master Who motivates the motivator? Who leads the leader? You do! Erika Gilchrist spearheads this webinar on Executive Assistants Leading the Charge.
ELSx Recording: Save time on the simple things! Melissa Esquibel will rapid-fire share her best tips with you in this fast-paced frolic through Office and G Suite tips and tricks. Here are just 5 of the time-devouring things you’ll be able to stop doing after this webinar:
Christina Machado, Senior Executive Assistant to the CEO at Fattmerchant, Orlando, shares her experience at an ELS event.
Executive assistant of the week interview with ELS Forum: New York City contributor, Ruth Cardona Lanni, Executive Assistant to Chief Technology Officer & Data Officer at GS1GLOBAL
In order for executive assistants to step up as business leaders within their organizations, it’s prevalent they have strong personal branding, that both represents the skills that set them apart and understanding of their organization. In this day and age, it’s a necessity to reflect personal branding through social media. Al-Husein Madhany provides his tips and tricks to optimize your social media presence to step up as a business leader.
ELSx Recording: Top career coach and specialist in salary negotiations, Al-Husein Madhany will share the business case for how and why you are short-changing yourself when it comes to your finances. He will outline how he helps assistants around the world with his data-driven and proven strategies that are realistic, reasonable and actually work to secure the salary you deserve.
In 2018, women earned around 80 cents to every dollar a man made. It’s 2019, on Equal Pay Day, and the gap is still present. We’re taking a minute to highlight the disparity in which the environment started, roadblocks that remain, and how we can implement a better future.
Executive assistant of the week interview with ELS Forum: Washington D.C contributor, Stacey Cogar, Executive Assistant Mission Area VPs at Noblis
Jeremy Burrows asked asked several executives a simple question; “What’s one thing you wish your assistant would do more of?” Here, he complies his finding in an easy-to-read format.
Are you struggling to find a path in your EA career? Julie Perrine, Speaker, Trainer, Author, and the CEO of all things admin explains the implications of discovering your career roadmap as an executive assistant, and how to embrace every change along the way.
Executive assistant of the week interview with ELS Forum: Philadelphia contributor, Lora Lee Lichtenstein, Executive Assistant to VP and CFO at Wawa
Sophia Denton, founder of myEAcoach – empowering network for EAs that focuses on professional development – paired up with Ashley Manson, EA at Tourism Toronto, leads a group discussion on how we can execute our career goals.
Executive assistant of the week interview with ELS Forum: Philadelphia contributor, Adriane Davis, Executive Assistant to SVP at Wells Fargo
Executive assistant of the week interview with ELS Forum: Atlanta contributor, Lauri Clay, Executive Assistant to SVP at TBS-TNT Entertainment Research
The Times Up movement has impacted assistants across the world. It’s impossible to ignore the harassment that many assistants have experienced in their careers at one point or another. With the practice of confidentiality agreements, assistants have felt pigeonholed, unable to speak up with what they see and hear.
Executive assistant of the week interview with ELS Forum: Boston contributor, Tara Traylor, Administrative Supervisor at Brigham & Women’s Hospital
In order for executive assistants to step up as business leaders within their organizations, it’s prevalent they have a strong personal branding, that both represents the skills that set them apart and understanding of their organization. In this day and age, it’s a necessity to reflect personal branding through social media. Diana Brandl provides her tips and tricks to optimize your social media presence to step up as a business leader.
ELSx Recording: The next step in your career as a successful assistant is leadership. Believe us when we say it, leadership works! We will turn the page on the old paradigm of assistants as support-only roles, and offer strategies for preparing to lead, being recognized as a leader, and seeking leadership opportunities in and out of the workplace.
Executive assistant of the week interview with ELS Forum: Munich contributor Martina Kathrin Strauss, Executive Assistant at Russell Reynolds Associates
Executive assistant of the week interview with ELS Forum: Atlanta contributor Evan Karanovich, Lead Advisor to Chairman & CEO at Chick-fil-A
Executive assistant of the week interview with ELS Forum: Austin contributor Mindy Brooks, Executive Assistant to CEO at Sonic Healthcare
I’m sure you’ve wondered at one point or another, “Why isn’t there an executive assistant community in my city?” Ike Saunders created REACH in Chicago to bridge the gap and he’s spilling the secrets on how you can get a conversation started in your city:
Vanessa Farino started a movement and powerhouse organization with Boston Executive Assistants in 2016. Here’s the story on how she created a standout community starting with BEA and now with the addition of The Assistants Hub.
Day-to-day, we see artificial intelligence most prominently in the form of Alexa or Google Home. As AI advances, there is a lot of controversies whether AI will replace EAs altogether. Diana Brandl expands on the implications of AI on the executive assistant career and, more specifically, how to embrace it.
Today’s executive assistants are expected to make the impossible possible, but even these office superheroes sometimes need some internal rescuing. Here are 8 stress breakers you can rely on.
As an assistant, are you looking to improve your event planning process? By treating each event like a project manager, you are paving the way for a seamless event. There is a science to event planning and we have the steps for success.
Are Google Home and Alexa going to take over your job? Rhonda Scharf, Speaker, Consultant, and Author, expands on the implications of artificial intelligence on the executive assistant career and, more specifically, how to embrace it.
Essential tips and actions to own your career path and start creating a strategy to advance.
Was the role of an assistant accurately portrayed in the Devil Wears Prada? We dive into the differences between Hollywood and reality.
How do you navigate the uncertain landscape when your executive leaves? Elaine Holmquist, Senior Executive Assistant for a global pharmaceutical company, shares her lessons and tips.
Project management (PM) is an essential skill for executive assistants. Not only does PM education/certification help you get a seat at the table, it also allows you to step up as a leader and grow within your career. We rounded up the vital answers every EA wants.
What ethical responsibilities need to be upheld by executive assistants? Does the landscape of responsibility change when held to a confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement? Workplace expert Bonnie Low-Kramen helps shed light on ethics for executive assistants.
The Harvard business review recently published a study on time management for CEOs. Some may be wondering where executive assistants fit into the mix. Here, we uncover the role an executive assistant plays in managing executive’s time.
Building a resume can be a daunting task. To make for a seamless resume reboot, we’ve put together a dos and don’ts list tailored to the executive assistant role.
Whether you are looking to step into leadership and grow within your role, or are looking to pursue new career ventures, personal branding is a must-have in today’s dynamic workforce. This begs us to ask if you are using the interface as effectively as you think.
For executive assistants (EAs) and others, note taking can seem like a tedious activity that doesn’t differ far from the Power Point or company hand out. Here we uncover some of the best ways to take notes and the benefits of each.
In offices across the world, there are currently three generations working side-by-side. As executive assistants are exposed to numerous facets of a business, they will need to collaborate with multigenerational teams. We’ve put together a guide to help EAs better understand the key characteristics and preferred work styles of each generation.
Don’t we all want to be excited to go to work? Where do we find that high-level of satisfaction? Patrick Healy, President of New York Celebrity Assistants, has it all figured out and he’s sharing how you can find passion in your career too.
Deesha Dyer is a speaker, writer, Creative Event and Strategy consultant, and most notably known as the former Obama Administration Social Secretary. Dyer shares how she got to where she is and all of the lessons learned along the way.
The trend has started, and it’s not stopping. Catherine Groswird, Sr. Executive Assistant at Mozilla shares her advice for executive assistants who are supporting more than one executive.
Trish Stevens Stadler, Executive Assistant/Manager Tata Communications, retraces the steps of her career that led her to her true calling – the career of an executive assistant.
How does one take their career to the next level? Although there isn’t a tried and true roadmap that guides a professional through their executive assistant career, Debbie shares her career journey to help set others up for success, too. Through an interview, she revealed with us how she got to where she is today and how you too can reach your full potential and find your passion.
95-98% of assistants are female, and in general, highly underpaid. Workplace expert, Bonnie Low-Kramen, shares a step-by-step guide on how to negotiate your compensation package to more accurately reflect the value you bring to your company
Looking to start managing up today? Learn through this simple infographic by managing up expert and author, Mary Abbajay.
It’s 2018, and secretary is still the top job for women. The job description has drastically changed, but, it begs us to ask, how did we get here? Why is the executive leadership support role still dominated by one gender? What has truly changed?
Facilitating a collaborative relationship with an emphasis on a shared purpose is key to being a successful strategic assistant. Melba Duncan enlightens on what it truly means to be accountable as an executive assistant.
Assistants make up the backbone of all industries – industries that don’t have award shows to verbalize or visualize their stance in the #Timesup campaign. It begs many industries to ask, okay time’s up, but now what? Together, we work with Bonnie Low-Kramen to peel away at these detrimental issues within the executive assistant career and how we can all work together to take next steps.
Our leaders and executives all possess strong critical thinking skills. Isn’t it just as important that we sharpen these skills, too? Al-Husein Madhany dives into how to hone your critical thinking skills to succeed in your career.
What’s truly the difference between being a strategic business partner to your executive and being an influential leader? Rhonda Scharf helps uncover the answers EAs are looking for.
Five steps towards becoming a respected member of the leadership team for executive assistants.
Patrick Healy, President of New York Celebrity Assistants, provides his advice, tips and tricks for navigating out of the loop scenarios in an assistant career.
Hilani Ellis, Founder of Exceptional Admins, LLC, provides insight on how to build a strategic business partnership between and executive and an executive assistant.
Sarah Chase, COO of Alda Communication Training, provides insight on how to nourish and guide conversation to get the outcome you are looking for.
With Administrative Professionals’ Day this week, it urges the question, what’s a gift that reflects the multi-faceted and difficult job of an executive assistant? How can executives truly show appreciation this week?
Fluency of Thought and Flexibility of Action: The Assistant’s Guide to Developing a Plan C During Travel
Patrick Healy, President of New York Celebrity Assistants, shares his insight, advice, and technology must-haves for the top 6 scenarios assistants navigate. In this installment, Patrick shares his insight on planning travel.
Patrick Healy, President of New York Celebrity Assistants, provides his advice, tips and tricks for navigating project management in an assistant career.
Patrick Healy, President of New York Celebrity Assistants, provides his advice, tips and tricks for navigating event planning in an assistant career.
The Assistant’s Role in Building a Winning Company Culture: Perspective from an Administrative Business Partner at Google
The role of executive assistants have dynamically expanded over the last several years, and now more than ever, EAs are taking on a more prominent role with emulating company culture. Nicole Pillatch, Administrative Business Partner at Google, shares her role in developing an uplifted culture.
As assistants, more often than not, we don’t take into consideration at the interview stage the importance of ensuring that you and your future manger “hit it off” and “click” on an intellectual and professional level. We need to be asking the right questions on whether we will fit with each other.