As a Revolutionary Assistant, my purpose was to make my manager bigger, further reaching and more accessible than he would be without me.
That was my mission from the moment I sat down at the desk outside his office. I made it known to everyone that I was there for this purpose. They understood that if they needed him, I would find them time, if he was responsible for X, Y, and Z, I would take on Z so that he could give his all to X and Y. It’s the fundamental core of what being an assistant is all about.
It might seem logical that every Revolutionary Assistant’s purpose is pretty much the same, but this blog alone would tell you that there are many niche areas of expertise that you can focus on, and many areas where your manager might need help. There are ways you can match your passions and skills to what your manager needs.
Think about what you like and how you can incorporate it into your day – When I started as an assistant, there was one thing that I really did well that most others could not: I could write. I loved writing, and I could always lend my manager a hand with his communications. What started out as a test of my skills to see if I could take a memo or two off my manager’s plate ended up being a full-time deal. What do you do best? Maybe you have a gift for numbers and enjoy digging into a good balance sheet. See how you can use those skills to help your manager.
Think about the work that’s excited you the most – One of the things I loved best was events, because I could be creative and really reach people with a message or a mission. I could connect people emotionally to the company’s agenda and strategies and watch it happen in real time. It required me to draw on my creative juices, but it also made me learn about space contracts, food and beverage, and much, much more. I loved it! Think about what kind of projects you have most enjoyed and why you liked them so much. Can you incorporate that into your purpose?
Think about where you want to be 10, 20 or 30 years from now – The business climate and technology is changing at the speed of light, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t give some thought to what the 50- or 60-year-old you is going to be doing for a living. Are you learning the things you need to learn in order to be that person?
Your job description is a list of bullet points, but your purpose can really be anything you want it to be. Think about what you really stand for every day at the office, and how you can play on those strengths to live up to your purpose!
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