If I’m honest, protecting the environment and leading a healthier lifestyle are not the top two reasons I love working for FYXER (the extra two hours I get back in the morning and the option to keep my jimjams on all day win those prizes). However, I have recently been thinking about how much lower my carbon footprint is because I work from home, or ‘remotely’ for use of a better word.
Approaching the end of 2017, I knew it would soon be time to leave my 11-month-old daughter at nursery and head back into the ‘professional world’. No more days at the park, baby sensory classes, catching up with other baby mamas for lunch, or just having cuddles with my tiny pal on the sofa. However, I also knew I wasn’t ready to leave her and more importantly, she wasn’t ready either.
Every executive experiences peaks and troughs in workload. A new project coinciding with a regulatory deadline. A slower month during summer school holidays. The in-tray of an executive can change week-to-week, so they should have an assistant that ebbs and flows with them: not full-time, not part-time, but their time.
The late Jimmy Guterman, former Executive Editor of business media group NewCo, believed that “the hardest part of becoming a manager is learning what and how not to do”. Executives are self-made. A strong work ethic and an emphasis on ‘getting the job done’ are common and exemplary traits. But, to progress to the next step requires offloading the heavy baggage. Even if you think you could carry it better.
If you are wondering whether you have enough time to work with an assistant, then it’s abundantly clear that an assistant is exactly what you need. All assistants – from executive virtual assistants to part-time administration support – exist to free up an executive’s valuable time. They allow executives to focus on ‘higher value’ work and thus maximise efficiency. However, you cannot enjoy the crop without at first sowing the seeds.
Delegation is nothing short of an art form. Every executive has a unique style, technique and process. Every method can be learnt, practiced and honed. Every executive must master the craft in order to succeed.
Communication: the Key to Effective Leadership is the title of Judy and Joe Pauley’s excellent book on CEO management. In their book, the two renowned communications executives highlight six personality types: the Reactor, the Workaholic, the Persister, the Dreamer, the Rebel and the Promoter. No executive fits snugly into a sole category, they say, but no matter where they sit, communicating their vision clearly and concisely is paramount to success. It is no different with a remote assistant.
Topics: Virtual Assistants, Executive Assistants, PA, Personal Assistant, Remote Working, Work, Co-work, remote assistant, communication, Communication: the Key to Effective Leadership, Joe Pauley, Judy Pauley, FYXER
Last week, we looked at the importance of building a strong personal relationship with your remote executive assistant. This week, we’ll discuss the tools to do just that. What I term the five C’s: consideration, clarity, counsel, confidence and comprehensiveness.
In the final of my blog posts I explain that while Fyxers have the many benefits mentioned earlier including a better work life balance, a secure working environment and an appreciation from the team - FYXER offers all of this alongside working with a team of like-minded and wonderful Fyxers, meaning you are not isolated; we are pioneers in the virtual sphere, expert in staying connected whilst remote.
Further to respecting our Fyxers time, we establish firm boundaries with our clients regarding working hours, that allows the team to clock off at the end of the day and not have to worry about the phone going off during the family dinner. An EA who can reclaim their evenings and weekends back to have as their own, is revolutionary in the industry.