Pippa’s Advice on How Executives should handle their Assistants

I’ve been a PA for years now. I love it and, as my experience and pay packet grow so does my sense of fulfilment. I realise how lucky I am to have a job I enjoy, so maybe the best piece of advice I can ever give is this. Find a job you’re good at. The rest will follow. Continue reading…


Pippa’s Guide to Weekly Reviews and When to Have Them

What’s your favourite day of the week? I’d imagine a large percentage of the British population would cite a Saturday or a Sunday but for me it’s Friday. I genuinely love going into work on a Friday. The week is nearly done, people are usually more relaxed and the promise of the weekend inevitably seems to put most people into a good frame of mind. My boss certainly takes longer lunches on a Friday and, depending on how much wine is drunk, has even been known to let me finish early. Continue reading…


It’s all in the mindset

“Sometimes the only person holding you back is yourself.”

It might be a cliché but it’s true; you can be your own worst enemy when it comes to self-motivation and actualising goals. Summoning the courage to go for your dream job is difficult as it requires a lot of patience, confidence and energy, a lot more than you initially might think, and if you’re not wholly committed to pursuing your chosen ambition then it’s all too easy to fall at the first hurdle. Continue reading…


Pippa’s Advice on Networking

When it comes to ‘networking’ people naturally tend to fall into one of two camps.
The first camp consists of those who love nothing more than the sniff of an opportunity to socialise with people who could help them progress in their careers. These people won’t even pause before accepting an invitation to work drinks or to a professional event. They actively look forward to work focussed occasions, will embrace the chance to impress and will invariably have a stack of business cards tucked away in a pocket, ready to be handed out to anyone useful. They will ‘work’ the room and come away from events with new contacts and useful information.
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managing work place relationships

Pippa’s Guide to Understanding your Boss and Managing Work Place Relationships.

Someone once asked me what being a PA was like. I replied ‘It’s as good or as bad as the boss I’m working for.’ I still stand by this. Being a PA means working really closely with your boss. Ultimately your job is to assist them, so you’re taking orders from them directly and are probably privy to more aspects of their life than anyone else in the company. In turn this means they essentially set the rules of your working life and dictate whether, come Sunday night, returning to work is something you dread, or look forward to.

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