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The CEO's Secret Weapon


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Foreword Introduction Part I: What an Exceptional Assistant Can Do For You 1. Your Assistant is Your Secret Weapon and Business Partner 2. What Is An Executive Assistant and Why Do You Need One? Part II: Crucial Characteristics of an Exceptional Assistant and Why They Should Matter to You 3. Your Ultimate PR Person 4. Your High-Performance Administrator 5. Your Expert At Execution - Getting Things Done Part III: Hiring an Exceptional Assistant 6. Getting Started: Identifying Your Needs 7. The Interview: Identifying an Exceptional Assistant Part IV: How to Set Things Up 8. Great Leaders Are Accessible and In Constant Touch with Their Assistant 9. Great Leaders Relinquish Unnecessary Functions 10. Great Leaders Give Assistants the Resources Needed 11. Great Leaders Communicate 12. Great Leaders Treat The Assistant As a True Professional Conclusion: The Future of the Executive and Assistant Relationship

About the Author

Jan Jones is founder and president of Jan Jones Worldwide, a bespoke speakers bureau which evolved from her industry experience as executive assistant to personal development icon, Anthony Robbins, and ten years as exclusive representative for small business guru and entrepreneurial visionary, Michael Gerber. Prior to starting her business, Jan spent almost twenty years as executive assistant to successful businesspeople around the world, including Australian computer industry pioneer, Lionel Singer. Jan remains a passionate advocate for the executive assistant profession. She enjoys mentoring assistants and guiding executives on how to get the most out of the relationship with their assistant.


"Impressively well written and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in tone, content, organization and presentation, 'The CEO's Secret Weapon: How Great Leaders and Their Assistants Maximize Productivity and Effectiveness' will prove to be of enormous value and interest to anyone contemplating the engagement of an executive assistant, or who already has one and would like to maximize the value of that executive assistant to themselves and to their company. Very highly recommended for corporate, community, and academic library ... ." (Jewish Hit Squad, Midwest Book Review,, December, 2015)What makes a leader great? An executive assistant who makes sure he or she shows up at the right place at the right time well prepared. EAs are the wizards behind the curtain that make business magic happen. If you want to become a better leader, or a better EA, you will treasure this book. - Chester Elton, New York Times best-selling author of All In; What Motivates Me and The Carrot Principle

Executives and assistants alike will benefit from the wisdom Jan Jones shares in this book. Rick Olafsson, Co-Founder, Appy Entertainment, Inc.

Executive assistants need to be positive, tenacious, resourceful, reliable and gracious. Luckily for executives, Jan Jones shows you how to get the best out of the most important asset you have in the office, your own assistant. - Dana Kyle, former assistant to Dr. Ken Blanchard; Knowledge Sharing Administrator, The Ken Blanchard Companies

With this book, assistants worldwide will have access to Jan's expertise on how they can develop powerful partnerships with their executives, while increasing their own productivity and effectiveness. Karen Beattie, Managing Director, The Growth Faculty, Australia

Jan has finally written the book so many executives and assistants have repeatedly asked her to write, about how executives and their assistants can work together effectively. This book will be invaluable to executives and assistants who want to maximize their productivity and develop their partnership. Suzanne M. Kelly, MSOL; Editor, Urantia International Journal; Secretary, Urantia International Association, Texas Branch

Whether you are an executive or an assistant, you will gain much from reading Jan's book. - Andrea Temel, Speaker Manager, Speakers For Success, Irvine, California.

Jan holds herself to the highest standards. She's written this book so others can benefit from her actionable strategies, ideas and tips. I am one of Jan's biggest fans. Read her book now so that the results she creates for her clients will be yours. Michael Hutchison, former VP of Marketing and Sales for Tony Robbins; Host, Dunn & Bradstreet TV show CredibilityLive.

As Jan Jones' assistant at the Tony Robbins organization, I was the direct beneficiary of the invaluable advice she shares in this book. She showed me what being resourceful and remaining calm under extreme pressure truly meant. Executives and assistants who want to maximize their productivity should read this book carefully and follow its advice. -Veronique Franceus, former assistant to Jan Jones and Tony Robbins; Associate Learning Specialist, Bristol-Myers Squibb

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