One of the greatest joys in my life is a lady named Renee Weber. I have worked with Renee, in some capacity, for the last seven years. Renee is currently my assistant and is the best one in the country! If there were an assistant olympics, she would kill your assistant.Â
This post is not our typical financial post, but I believe this will help any leader lead better. I am going to break this into part one and part two. Today, I will describe what to look for in an assistant. Tomorrow, we will look at how to maximize your leadership through an assistant.
Renee is the best assistant because:
1. She can think, not just do
Leaders, quit looking for someone that is “just” administrative. Pushing paper and thinking are two different things. Renee isn’t a HUGE strategic thinker, but she understands how I think. She does understand the bigger picture. I don’t just tell Renee what to do; she tells me what to do. A great example is my calendar. I say “yes” to EVERYTHING! Renee knows that when I am too busy during a day, I completely shut down. She makes me have big empty spaces on my calendar, so I can think and make up stuff to do. If she was just a doer, I would always be packed out! Renee also knows how I like to travel, which hotels I like to stay in, what I want on my calendar appointments, etc. She is a thinker, not just a doer.
2. She is likable
Renee protects me, my family, and our organization and people like it! Have you ever dealt with a rude assistant? When an assistant is rude to me, it makes me question whether I like everyone else in the organization. Renee has a very gentle personality and charm that makes people love her and our organization. I have had many people call and interview Renee to try and figure out her secret sauce. She is just likable.
3. She is quick
She responds quickly to people and lets me know who to respond to quickly. There is nothing worse than having an assistant that you THINK is getting stuff done but they aren’t. Her organizational skills are a 10!
4. She doesn’t try to please me
This may sound weird, but Renee doesn’t do things to please me.Â She is trying to serve with me.Â This means that she can tell me “no” if I am giving her too much too quickly. Renee has a backbone. She is not just someone that I tell what to do and she does it! She helps me prioritize the work I give her.
5. She cares about my family
Bottom line is that Renee wants me to win with my family. She keeps my wife in the loop and helps me make her and my daughter part of all my days.
6. She is flexible
Renee can change on a dime. I love that! When looking for an assistant make sure they don’t hate change or let it stress them out.
7. She is calm
I am emotionally up and down and she is level-headed all the time. I need that!