It takes a special type of person to be a successful assistant. It takes excellent people skills, an eye for detail and thinking 6 steps ahead.
It takes empathy, grit, tenacity, and the belief that everything is figureoutable. It takes the social and emotional intelligence so you can know when to pull back and when to push for what is needed. It also takes the ability to hold and maintain the big picture for your executive, department, or organization while simultaneously living in the weeds in order to get things done.
It is this last point which we will be discussing today. How to “hold the vision” while dealing with the logistics of execution. For me, this is harder than it sounds. It’s easy to get lost in the weeds when my to-do list is constantly growing and evolving. It’s not uncommon to reach the end of my day and wonder how I actually spent it when the truth of the matter is I spent it swinging from task to task much like a monkey swings from limb to limb.
It’s important not to lose sight of the big picture. Why? The big picture gives us a purpose we can easily connect with. It reminds us why we do what we do and that we’re a part of something larger.
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