Top Reads Of The Week: Executive Assistants: The Unsung Heroes

Written by Isabelle Larche

Managing Director, Recruitment & Executive Search at Timeo-Performance
Published on 21-02-2020

Not Just Any Sidekick

There are occupations out there whom many regard as “everyday heroes” like a firefighter fighting blazing buildings to frontline doctors and nurses braving day and night saving precious lives with diseases all around. But we are forgetting the few that are close to us, the ones that deserve more recognition. Without these people, working in an organization will certainly get significantly more difficult and less organized.

Who are these people you might ask? Well, they are none other than our Executive Assistants. The oil that lubricates the cog work that is your organization. The ones you look for when there is any trouble in the office.

There is a common misconception that all EAs (Executive Assistants) are females since you rarely see a man on the job. While true, most are strong and dedicated women, there are also men who are meticulous and empathetic enough to do an equally great job as well! This article is a salute to the men and women who will always have our backs when our calendars get messy and set everything right where it’s supposed to be.

The Unsung Heroes: Differences Between Executive Assistants and Chief-of-Staff

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Sometimes, the roles of an assistant blur, to the point where those higher up on the ladder would unload all the jobs for them to handle. This article perfectly describes the responsibilities of an Executive Assistant vs Chief-of-Staff. Both are of the utmost importance and should be recognized respectively.

Executive Assistants are Superheroes Without the Cape

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Assistants come in many forms and characters, ranging from strict and diligent to soft and compassionate. Personality aside, there is one word that describes all of them. Dependable. Even on weekends and after hours, they will always be on standby, rain or shine.

The Vanishing Executive Assistant – NOT!

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An interesting read on a rebuttal of a Wall Street Journal article. The original WSJ article has a standpoint and understanding that there is no longer a need for EAs to be present at this time and age due to the advancement of technology and that younger executives prefer to schedule and manage their meetings and calls on their own. This is as far from the truth as it can get. Read on to find out more about the significance of how important it is to have a strong and dependable EA in an organization.


How to Succeed as an Executive Assistant

For the bonus video this week, dive into the bustling corporate world through the perspective of two successful EAs. It takes much more than being active and functional to be a successful assistant. An eye for detail as well as skillful time management is also vital in the everyday work process.

Communication and a good relationship are key as trust must be built upon you and your assistant because of how close you are working together. So leaders out there, take time to watch this video, it will surely help you understand the needs of your assistant and make it a win-win situation for everybody in the workplace. Enjoy and stay productive!

About Timeo-Performance

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Our joint venture with Akteos, the European leader in intercultural training, and partnership with digital learning solutions provider CrossKnowledge have therefore been organic and logical additions to our service. Timeo-Performance has been helping companies in APAC increase business performance since 2008 with offices in Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.

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Isabelle Larche
Isabelle is a Human Performance expert, with over 10 years of professional recruitment experience, and 15 years of Business Management Consulting experience. Isabelle is the Vice President of the French Chamber of Commerce and Trade Counsellor (Singapore Chapter) to the French Embassy.

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