Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Books & How to be a Better Assistant Through Suggested Readings

Hello New and Old Readers,

Today I am answering a question from a new reader!  They write:

“Greetings, I hope this email finds you well.  My apologies, for not using a first/last name, but I didn’t want to assume anything based on email addresses or handles and address you by an incorrect name.

I came across your blog about a week ago and have read several entries which I found to be very helpful.  Most of which posses powerful insight on situations which EAs face often and even some delicate topics which you handled beautifully.  I plan on continuing to read through your blog and use it as a valuable resource.  I am truly thankful for you because of your expertise and poise but also for being gracious enough to share this with the rest of us.

Some background:  I was recently offered a position which I start this week.  I am absolutely thrilled, as I have been away from the workforce for a few years.  As I said I am very excited, but I am also somewhat nervous.  Even though I have confidence in my skills, I feel nervous about going back into it.  Performance jitters maybe.  I will be supporting the President and VP of a company which has been established for quite some time and has a great reputation.  I truly feel the position will offer many great opportunities for me to shine, but also have some challenges, much like anything in life.  That being said, I started looking to motivate myself, get some updated information/perspective/techniques/best practices and so on, on how to become a better EA and that is how I found your site!  As I said, I took away many great things from reading through it.  It inspired me to dig deeper.

Although I have found some other resources out there, I’ve gotten very mixed reviews from Amazon on certain titles which they’ve offered.  I would like to start some books this week, to give myself those refreshers.  So, this is why I am turning to you, perhaps with all of the knowledge you’ve garnered in your time as an EA and an avid reader, you’ve come across some valuable books that truly affected how you perform your role.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

How to Navigate Temptations of Career and Life

Hello New and Old Readers,

I’ve realized it’s been over 2 months since I last posted.  Life at work and at home has been grand, busy, and so much fun.  I love getting comments and hearing that people are enjoying the previous posts.  Today, I wanted to take a holistic view of career.