Hello and welcome to Being Indispensable.
I’m Liz Van Vliet.
I work with Executive Assistants who want to be perceived as indispensable. I do this by working one on one with EAs as a mentor and coach as well as working directly with organisations to deliver my “Knowing Assistant” corporate training program.
I help develop your Power Skills….those often intangible ‘soft skills’ that distinguish you as an Executive Assistant that is perceived as irreplaceable or indispensable.
It takes a mindset shift to be perceived as an INDISPENSABLE Assistant.
Indispensable Assistants want to form a true partnership with their executive. You are in the right place if you want to understand the behaviours and values that will help you be regarded as indispensable to your manager.
Listen to the Being Indispensable podcast to hear interviews with indispensable assistants themselves, insights from executives and business leaders who share what they value in their indispensable assistants and join Liz as she explores the skills and leadership development required to build a true partnership with your executive.
Shift your mindset and identify the actions that you need to take to be regarded as indispensable to your manager.
What Is An Indispensable Assistant?
Some people mistake indispensable for irreplaceable. They’re not the same thing. I am acutely aware that we are all replaceable having almost died due to Breast Cancer. To be indispensable means that you are so good and efficient at your job, that your boss and co-workers don’t want to imagine replacing you, You are the go-to person, the linchpin as marketer and best-selling author Seth Godin calls it.
Indispensable Executive Assistants are counted on. They don’t just get things done, they take the ball and run with it. They proactively manage ambiguity and uncertain situations. Indispensable assistants execute with purpose and clarity.
The hallmark of an indispensable assistant can be summed up in three ways. They understand who is doing what, why they’re doing it and why it’s important.
Indispensable Executive Assistants and Office Professionals want to dig deeper, they simply can’t help themselves. They also think about the work that matters to the company and its success. They are strategic thinkers as well as effective operators and they invest in developing their ‘power’ skills (otherwise known as soft skills) because they understand that they are the key to differentiating themselves and delivering as a “Knowing Assistant”.
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My vision is to build a tribe of Executive Assistants who feel empowered and inspired to show up as indispensable. I love being able to deliver training and coaching to help them transform themselves and the way they see their role. I believe in progress over perfection. In being kind to yourself because after all, we are human beings, not human doings. Providing a path to help individuals show up differently and deliver greater value and return on investment to their employer is a thrill for me.