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Posted by on Jan 1, 2010 in The Women Behind The Men, Winter 2011 | 0 comments

Virtually the right hand woman for the job

?Behind every successful man is a woman? is a saying that has been around for quite a long time and usually refers to the man?s spouse who generally takes care of the home front and all that is involved with this, which is no easy task in itself. But have you ever noticed how many successful men have female assistants running the show at the office?

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Quite a few. So, it could be said that an assistant also contributes greatly to the success of these men as well, but in a different capacity. Most successful male executives, presidents of companies, lawyers, etc. have a female assistant to help in keeping them well organized and on top of everything. This, I believe, enables them to do what they do best ? run a successful company.

The types of duties an assistant is responsible for vary from company to company, but one thing is for sure ? assistants are relied upon heavily by the men who run them. The assistant practically becomes their right hand woman, knowing exactly what needs to be done on a daily basis including taking care of all the minute details; basically running the show like a well-oiled machine. Without them, I believe these men would not be able to perform their jobs as effectively and this could then possibly hinder their chance of success.

But since the dawn of the internet, something very interesting has happened ? the birth of the virtual assistant, a role primarily dominated by females. Now pretty much all the duties that are performed in offices all over the world can be done virtually, including call answer services and customer support.

Utilizing these types of services is fast becoming the next big thing and now that many women run their own businesses, both men and women often use the services of virtual assistants for almost every aspect of their business. And the amazing thing is ? the assistant doesn?t even need to work in the same city!

So the? next time you see a successful businessman, remember, he probably had a lot of support? from women who helped get him there!

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