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WANT TO "WORK LESS, MAKE MORE"?
5 Ways to Know When It's Time to Hire an Assistant
Kansas City, Missouri (September 1, 1999) -- It's always been said in jest that America's most successful companies are run by the assistants but it is no joke! Behind every successful business professional is a competent assistant. In fact, an essential part of a solid management strategy is having a bright, competent, decision-making assistant who can free you to do what you do best.
"Hiring a competent assistant and learning how to properly delegate is crucial for the success of busy managers and executives," says Jennifer White, executive success coach and author of the new book, "Work Less, Make More®" (TM) (John Wiley & Sons, October 1999). "Hiring the right assistant can be tricky, though, so you must take a little bit of time on the front end to make sure your assistant is serving the right purpose -- freeing your time so you can concentrate on doing your job and using your brilliance."
To become a bit more dispensable and, in the bargain, "Work Less, Make More®," White recommends great tips on knowing when it's time to hire an assistant, as well as what to look for in hiring and traps to avoid.
5 Ways You'll Know,
"It's time to hire an assistant!"
- You find yourself spending more than 80 percent of your time on administrative tasks. If you're interested in applying the "Work Less, Make More®" philosophy into your life, you must spend 80 percent of your time on high impact activities. If the majority of your time is spent on administrative tasks, you're not using your brilliance, and you're not adding value. It's time to get some help. Remember, the more time you have to actually do what you're brilliant at, the more value you'll add to your career.
- You have an entire list of long-term, strategic projects that you never get around to doing. Many people are so busy putting out fires that they fail to focus on long-term projects that add the most value. Then they wonder why they don't move their business to the next level or get promoted. It's time to hire an assistant if he or she will come in and free you to focus on the most important business issues. You'll accelerate your growth when you free yourself to focus on the "good stuff" and use your brilliance!
- You feel as if you can't go on vacation because there's no one around to handle your workload while you're gone. If you find yourself chained to your work, it's time to find someone who can handle your work while you're out of the office or on vacation. We all need time to rest and replenish, and you need to make sure you can take time off too. After all, you must be fresh to concentrate on growing your business and increasing the bottom line. And, by the way, if you own your own business, you should be taking four weeks of vacation a year.
- You know you'd produce a lot more if there was someone else working side by side with you. Often, you'll be able to make better decisions because there's someone there to provide insights and ideas. Many people simply work better when they know they're not alone. It provides stimulation, inspiration, and great brainstorming opportunities.
- You want to go home at a decent hour, and there's simply too much work to do. Enough said!
A significant part of the "Work Less, Make More®" philosophy is knowing when and how to delegate. You must learn to "let go" and hire someone you can trust to get the job done and not drop the ball. Save your time for the projects that only you can do. Delegate everything else. Hiring a competent right-hand assistant will change your life. Not only will you be able to concentrate on doing your job and using your brilliance to create great results, but you will have more time for the important things in life -- eat dinner with your family, play golf on Wednesday afternoons, take your children to the park... "Work Less, Make More®"!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A former corporate executive and small business owner, Jennifer White was one of the world's most sought-after success coaches before passing away suddenly in 2001. She was the founder of JWC Group, now based in Plymouth, Michigan, and her company continues to provide success coaching nationwide to individuals and groups. She is the author of the book "Work Less, Make More" (John Wiley & Sons, 1999), which is available at www.worklessmakemore.com, or through your local bookstore. To learn more about JWC Group, visit www.worklessmakemore.com, or call JWC Group's office at (734) 254-9970.