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The Spring is Sprung

It's that time of the year again when here at Executive Secretary Towers we celebrate our birthday. It's three years since we relaunched the magazine as a global publication and what a ride it has been.
by Lucy Brazier on 22 April,2014

5 Simple Steps to Developing a New and Improved Job Description

A complete and detailed description of your job is extremely important to your professional career. It's not just important if and when you decide to take a new position outside your company or assume a new role within your organization. It's also vital in helping your executive and colleagues get an accurate understanding of your responsibilities, and for measuring your professional progress and performance.
by Julie Perrine on 21 April,2014

Why Good Writing Skills Are Important in Today's Workplace — and Tips for Developing Them

Good writing skills are a key asset at every stage of your career, from the moment you write your very first cover letter and resume/CV until your retirement party. This is especially true for administrative professionals who are responsible for a significant amount of written communication on a daily basis. You don't have to be a published author or hold a degree in comparative literature to be a skilled writer. Sound written communication is advantageous for ambitious administrative professionals at all levels and across a wide range of industries.
by Robert Hosking on 20 April,2014

Instruction Manual: Your Assistant

You have been promoted to Manager. Congratulations! The good news is that you have been assigned an Assistant. The bad news is that you have no idea how to utilize her. Since you don't know how, you continue to do everything yourself by default.
by Bonnie Low-Kramen on 19 April,2014

Getting to Yes! - Gaining Support for Training

You know the scenario. You read about a great seminar, workshop or conference for administrative office professionals. The topics are of interest to you and will help you in your job. You walk into your manager's office to request his or her approval only to hear "no". You walk out. End of story.
by Joan Burge on 18 April,2014

Five Questions Every Leader Must Answer About Change

Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable. - Denis Waitley
by Doug Dickerson on 17 April,2014

Corporate Hospitality - Know the Score

A new report sees the hospitality world back in the game
by Keith Prowse on 16 April,2014

Children and the Boardroom

As a cognitive neuroscientist and business psychologist I believe it is unattainable to achieve a 50/50 gender mix in all senior management positions in UK businesses by 2020 because women innately want to be the primary care-giver.
by Dr Lynda Shaw on 15 April,2014

Tips to Build Your Confidence and Career

A new report from CBI/Accenture report stated that 51% of firms expect their workforce to be larger this time next year, the highest figure since the start of the recession in 2008. With more jobs being created and economic growth, 2014 could prove a fresh start for many people who have been considering a new job or a change of career but have held off looking during the recession.
by Marielena Sabatier on 14 April,2014

Samoa - After Three Months

When I last wrote we had been here only a very few weeks. We have now been through Christmas, New Year and are well into our third month. Things that seemed new and strange have become normal and, in fact, the time we are due to be here is running by at great speed, which is a little bit disconcerting.
by Eth Lloyd on 13 April,2014

The Biggest Challenge… Life

My mother told me I was irresponsible, friends thought I was crazy, but I knew there was more. I knew I could achieve more than I had. I knew that if I stepped out in faith, worked hard and listened to what my heart told me I could challenge myself to get to excellence.
by Rona Cant on 12 April,2014

Unwinding Bad Habits (and Other Feeling-driven Behaviours)

In my previous article in this magazine, I talked about the benefits of accepting uncomfortable, or unproductive, feelings or desires. I pointed out that when we resist (have negative thoughts about), or try to avoid, such feelings, it generally makes them worse. We can become anxious about feeling anxious or depressed about feeling depressed. Other such feelings or desires, from cravings to feeling cold, generally just end up feeling worse when we resist them.
by Graham W Price on 11 April,2014


As a former PA turned small business owner, I've always worn multiple hats and like you, I need to make sure that nothing falls through the cracks and that I'm working at my top speed. This includes automating my process for creating proposals, project plans and other Word documents, by using Styles, Style Sets & Themes.
by Vickie Sokol Evans on 10 April,2014

Mentoring, Observation, Memory and Excellence

Phyllis had a good problem. One of her team members (Martin) possessed the potential to be a high-level producer and a future leader
by Doug Van Dyke on 9 April,2014

The Art of Listening

Everyone likes to think they're a good listener. Do you think you are? Why do you think that? How often when you are listening are you actively taking in what is being said, and how often are you mentally forming your response and waiting for your turn to speak?
by Marsha Egan on 8 April,2014

Taking Breaks at Work

Is working a 10-hour day and skipping your lunch break really an efficient way to achieve optimum output and also maintain a reasonable work-life balance? Or is it a recipe for a heart attack and forced early retirement due to ill health? Think about it.
by Carole Spiers on 7 April,2014

PROFILE - Jasmine Freeman

The road from being a 15 year old teenage mum to becoming Vice President & Chief Executive Assistant at Office Dynamics has not always been a smooth one but as Jasmine Freeman explains in this moving interview, there are positive lessons to be learned and inspiration to be found in every journey.
by Lucy Brazier on 6 April,2014

Why Talent is the Opportunity Someone Gives You

Our business environment is changing rapidly and radically; with heightened global competition, shortening development times resulting from new technologies, and continuing economic uncertainty, businesses must be agile, innovative and future-focused to keep ahead.
by Janice Caplan on 5 April,2014

Making Work a Happier Experience

I came across a video made by Vishen Lakhiani who founded Mindvalley, a company that invests in, creates and builds businesses that align with its goal to push humanity forward. It is called Love Week and has now become a yearly Valentine's week event.
by Jessica McGregor Johnson on 4 April,2014

5 Reasons Why You Should Start Walking to Work

Let me ask you a question. How do you get to work? Do you drive? Or perhaps you're brave enough to face the horrors of the commuter train or bus each morning (rather you than me)? Okay, now let me pose the question slightly differently.
by Abi Clapham on 3 April,2014
Executives: Here's Why You Need to Pay Attention to This
by Melba Duncan
A Million Miles a Minute
by Kevin Chamberlain
The Business Case for PAs
by Adam Fidler
23 Secrets to Cutting Your Business Travel Costs
by Corporate Traveller