We get busy, we skip steps, and we rush around and impatiently expect work to miraculously appear as needed. The best way to leverage your assistant’s full potential is to start with a little due diligence. In the merger and acquisition world, when companies are merging with other companies, much time and resources are spent exploring the assets of each and determining how the two will complement each other. The strengths and weaknesses are closely evaluated and a determination is made on a go-forward plan.
I’m proposing a similar, but smaller, due diligence effort. If working with your assistant is a priority, as it should be, start with the following:
- Take a quick SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis.
- What are your defined strengths and weaknesses?
- What are your assistant’s defined strengths and weaknesses?
- Are there any defined threats?
- Find your assistant’s passions. What drives him/her? If they have a favorite task, what is it?
- What are his/her career goals? How can you help him/her?
After a quick due diligence, you will be girded with the information that should allow you to better utilize the skill sets of your assistant.
Focus on continuous improvement. Quarterly, have a quick touch base meeting on opportunities for improvement. Both of you will have areas that you can focus on to do better. Best of luck in your journey.
by Bethany Williams