When I was speaking at a recent conference, several of my fellow speakers were presenting topics related to developing and strengthening the relationship between assistants and executives. One speaker asked, “How many of you have a daily touch point meeting or call with your executive?” Only a few hands went up.
I wasn’t surprised.
A lot of the challenges and issues assistants are facing can be directly linked to this lack of consistent and timely communication with their executives.
If you want to develop a stronger and more productive relationship – or even better, a thriving partnership – with your executive, then improving your communication with each other is vital!
If you don’t know where to begin with this process, I strongly recommend Executives & Assistants Working In Partnership, a book by Joan Burge and Chrissy Scivicque. It’s one of the best print resources for helping assistants and executives learn how to develop a strong partnership. If you’re looking for a formula to follow that will help you navigate partnership development, this guide is it!
Your success as an admin hinges on your ability to effectively communicate with your executive and vice versa. In this week’s feature article, I share my tips on how to improve your communication in one-on-one situations and in group settings. Our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages, we’re also giving you tips and best practices on how to better communicate with your executive.
Communication is key for any relationship – personal or professional. Learning how to communicate successfully with your executive can take you from being an “adequate” to “exceptional” assistant!
Supporting your administrative success,
P.S. Administrative assistants are a critical set of eyes and ears for their managers. But it’s just as vital to be the voice, too. On Wednesday, June 27, Business Management Daily presents a webinar hosted by Bonnie Low-Kramen, former assistant to Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis. Register now to learn game-changing leadership secrets from this celebrity assistant!