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Top 7 Tips on What Does it Take to be a Top Administrative Assistant Today

By Jennifer Selland

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It always has been a little ambiguous to figure out what exactly makes a top-notch Administrative Assistant. Well-Run Concepts has been conducting research to quantify what is needed in the position of Administrative Assistant today. We used a comprehensive validated, step-by-step process called the Trimetrix system to determine what is needed for top performance. This article will summarize our findings to date and here is what we found: Attributes tells us if an individual can do the job by looking at what personal skills or competencies are needed in the job of Administrative Assistant.

  1. RESULTS ORIENTATION: The ability to identify actions necessary to complete tasks and obtain results.

    - Maintains focus on goals

    - Identifies and acts on removing potential obstacles to successful goal attainment.

    - Implements thorough and effective plans and applies appropriate resources to produce desired results

    - Follows through on all commitments to achieve results

  2. SELF MANAGEMENT: The ability to prioritize and complete tasks in order to deliver desired outcomes within allotted time frames.

    - Independently pursues business objectives in an organized and efficient manner

    - Prioritizes activities as necessary to meet job responsibilities

    - Maintains required level of activity toward achieving goals without direct supervision

    - Minimizes work flow disruptions and time wasters to complete high quality work within a specified time frame

  3. GOAL ACHIEVEMENT: The overall ability to set, pursue and attain achievable goals.

    - Establishes goals that are relevant, realistic and attainable

    - Identifies and implements required plans and milestones to achieve specific business goals

    - Initiates activity toward goals without unnecessary delay

    - Stays on target to complete goals regardless of obstacles or adverse circumstances

  4. PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY: A measure of the capacity to be answerable for personal actions.

    - Accepts personal responsibility for the consequences of personal actions

    - Avoids placing unnecessary blame on others

    - Maintains personal commitment to objectives regardless of the success or failure of personal decisions

    - Applies personal lessons learned from past failures to moving forward in achieving future successes

  5. FLEXIBILITY: The ability to readily modify, respond to and integrate change with minimal personal resistance.

    - Adapts effectively to changing plans and priorities

    - Demonstrates the capacity to handle multiple tasks at one time

    - Deals comfortably with ambiguity

    - Adjusts preset plans as necessary with minimal resistance

  6. RESILIENCY: The ability to quickily recover from adversity.

    - Continues toward goals in the face of difficulty and adversity

    - Handles criticism and rejection from others with objectivity

    - Recovers quickly from personal setbacks

    - Moves past unforeseeen abstacles without unnecessary delay

  7. SELF STARTING: The ability to initiate and sustain momentum without external stimulation.

    - Initiates relevant activities toward achieving business goals

    - Independently complete projects and produces desired results

    - Requires little or no supervision to stay focused on necessary activities

    - Readily identifies and pursues business opportunities without outside direction

Well-Run Concepts,
"Helping Organizations Define and Develop Top Talent,"
2022 Cliff Drive, PMB 254, Santa Barbara, CA 93109,
Tel: 805.566.2900, Toll Free 877.566.2900, Fax 805.566.2990,
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Article Submitted On: January 03, 2005