Many executives don't take full advantage of the assistant who sits right outside their door. This book educates executives about all the ways in which they can streamline and improve the way they work with the help of a great assistant, while teaching them to identify great candidates and maximize the benefits of this special relationship.
Jan Jones is founder and president of Jan Jones Worldwide, a bespoke speakers bureau which evolved from her industry experience as executive assistant to personal development icon, Anthony Robbins, and ten years as exclusive representative for small business guru and entrepreneurial visionary, Michael Gerber. Prior to starting her business, Jan spent almost twenty years as executive assistant to successful businesspeople around the world, including Australian computer industry pioneer, Lionel Singer. Jan remains a passionate advocate for the executive assistant profession. She enjoys mentoring assistants and guiding executives on how to get the most out of the relationship with their assistant. www.theceossecretweapon.com www.janjonesworldwide.com
Foreword Introduction Part I: What an Exceptional Assistant Can Do For You 1. Your Assistant is Your Secret Weapon and Business Partner 2. What Is An Executive Assistant and Why Do You Need One? Part II: Crucial Characteristics of an Exceptional Assistant and Why They Should Matter to You 3. Your Ultimate PR Person 4. Your High-Performance Administrator 5. Your Expert At Execution - Getting Things Done Part III: Hiring an Exceptional Assistant 6. Getting Started: Identifying Your Needs 7. The Interview: Identifying an Exceptional Assistant Part IV: How to Set Things Up 8. Great Leaders Are Accessible and In Constant Touch with Their Assistant 9. Great Leaders Relinquish Unnecessary Functions 10. Great Leaders Give Assistants the Resources Needed 11. Great Leaders Communicate 12. Great Leaders Treat The Assistant As a True Professional Conclusion: The Future of the Executive and Assistant Relationship