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Episode Info: Every leader needs an assistant to manage low-leverage tasks so they can focus on driving results. A world-class assistant can easily remove 15 or 20 hours’ work from your plate. But it’s not always as easy as it sounds. Many executives aren’t used to the daily rhythm of working with a right-hand person. Others have tried hiring an EA before and had bad experiences.    You may wonder if really need an assistant—or feel unsure about how to leverage one fully.    Here’s help! If you’re dithering about hiring an EA—or if you have an assistant but don’t feel like you’re getting full value—this episode is for you. My ace executive assistant, Jim Kelly, joins the podcast to talk about how he takes a ton of work off my plate so I can concentrate on growing my business. Honestly, I don’t know how I ever did this without him.  By the time we’re through, you’ll be dying to get the help you know you need. And? You’ll have the confidence to begin delegating effectively, right from the start.  Here’s what’s inside this episode—   The real job of a rockstar EA. The foundational communication rhythms that make a strong partnership. The automation tool that can help you leverage asynchronous communication with an EA. Simple hacks for using your EA to tame your inboxes. Should your EA respond to messages in your name, or their own? Automated tools to help your EA communicate for you.  What is “calendar proofing” and why your EA should be doing it for you.  How to know when you should make a template for a given task. Should your EA answer your phone?  How to use two phone numbers with Google Voice to reduce your phone time. What personal data you can share with your EA, what what you shouldn’t. The common-sense limits for which “personal” tasks an EA can legitimately handle for an executive. Some personal assistance tasks that an EA can accomplish on your behalf. If you think you might need an executive assistant, you probably needed on six months ago. It’s time to stop thinking about the cost of having an EA and start thinking about the cost of not having one. Do the math, and you’ll be amazed at how much money you’re wasting on low-leverage tasks!After listening to this episode, you’ll be more than ready to pull the trigger on the most important hire you’ll ever make. And you’ll have the confidence to do it!   Are You the Only One?   I’m guessing you’re not the only one who has been unsure about how to work with an EA. If any of your friends are managers, executives, or entrepreneurs, you probably know quite a few people who need this content! Do them a favor and share this episode in your favorite social channel. Be sure to tag your most-overwhelmed friends. (Trust me, they’ll thank you for it!) And remember the hashtag #leadtowin.    Resources from This Episode   Your World-Class Assistant by Michael Hyatt  Slack  Geekbot  Sanebox  Gmail TextExpander Google Voice ...
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