“Is clairvoyance a job prerequisite for executive assistants? With humor, variety, and practical tips, Sitting on a File Cabinet, Naked, With a Gun is an easy read that illustrates the impact of great CEO-Executive Assistant teamwork.- Aart de Geus, Chairman & CEO Synopsys, Inc.
“The stories in this book paint an accurate picture of the trials and tribulations of an executive assistant’s professional life. These true-life scenarios and the lessons learned will benefit any assistant aspiring to greatness while dealing with the day-to-day realities. Joanne Linden and Linda McFarland are savvy executive assistants who know what it takes to be successful in this fascinating career.” – Joan Burge, Founder and CEO, Office Dynamics, Ltd., and Author
Insight, Ethics, Sense of Humor, Trust. An executive’s assistant can make or break them. A great assistant makes EVERYONE feel special (but more importantly, not necessarily their boss, who needs an honest partner, not a cheerleader). When you find one who is World Class, the teamwork can be truly amazing. Told using real-world stories, this book will help all professionals wanting to excel as an executive assistant. ” – Jeff Rodek, Senior Lecturer, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and Former Chairman & CEO, Hyperion
“In Sitting on a File Cabinet, Naked, With a Gun, these authors have taken the ultimate risk in talking about their complex and amazing profession. They have courageously taught, mentored, trained, and supported professional assistants for years. Now, and at last, they present the stories, hints, and tools it takes to serve a powerful and innovative leader of his field. Linda and Joanne are ready to give away the secrets that made them so successful in their corporate endeavors. The lessons hurt, tickle, infuse, and comfort every single person who tries to make other executive professionals’ lives work!” – Jean Hollands, MS, Founder of Growth & Leadership Center, and Author of Same Game/Different Rules
“This is a must-read for administrative assistants and all CEOs to learn tips for developing and enhancing one of the key partnerships in their careers. Having worked as a conflict mediator and executive coach for many years, I find the authors’ wisdom and insights invaluable. The stories are funny, engaging, and instructive. You won’t be able to put it down.” – Marilyn Manning, Ph.D., CEO, The Consulting Team, LLC
”Joanne and Linda have tapped into what assistants really deal with every day! These true stories will motivate you, surprise you, and make you laugh. This book sheds a new light on the complex and vital role of the assistant in today’s corporate world. I couldn’t get enough of the stories of demanding bosses, unimaginable duties, exciting successes, and just plain entertaining examples from some of the best in the business. It’s a creative approach and a must-read for every assistant and their boss!” – Lisa Olsen, Professional Development Specialist and Motivational Speaker, Wingspan – Expanding the Potential of People