Personal Note from Julie: Develop an Executive Partnership Built on Trust and Respect

Oct 2, 2015 | Uncategorized

JuliePerrineDeskWhen I started my virtual assistant business 10+ years ago, I knew that I wanted to differentiate myself by emphasizing my ability to partner with the people I supported. The tagline for my company was “Your Professional Administrative Partner,” and I was clear with all my clients that I was partnering with them, not just doing admin tasks for them.

I supported numerous start-up companies in my VA days, and eventually they all got to a point where they needed to hire permanent admin support. So I’d train their new admins to take over my responsibilities. This is where I realized that I love training admins as much as I enjoy being one. And it’s where I started developing the concept for All Things Admin.

When I shifted my role from admin to CEO, a lot of the mysteries about my former executives’ behaviors were solved. Like why one executive couldn’t stay on top of her inbox and why it was my job to organize another’s desk. Suddenly all of these things made sense because I was now the one struggling with them.

My point with all of this is that it’s important to look at things from both sides of the desk. Try to see your executive’s perspective and find ways to help him or her do their job more successfully.

This month, we’re going to talk about how you can develop a strong working relationship with your executive so you think of him or her as a business partner, not just a boss. This week, we’re focusing on building trust and gaining respect, and you can find a lot of helpful resources on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages. This week’s feature article also features tips on how to partner with a new executive, but it’s relevant whether you’ve worked with your boss for a month or a decade!

Take a look at this week’s feature article to learn more about your administrative role in the disaster recovery process. You can also find a lot of great resources and information on preparing for natural disasters on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages.

Supporting your administrative success,


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