Be a Kickass Assistant: How to Get from a Grunt Job to a Great Career
A practical guide to strutting your stuff from cubicle to corner office. Drawing on her experience as personal and executive assistant to George Stephanopolous during Clinton's campaign and first term, Heather Beckel cuts to the chase on how to dazzle now to get ahead later.
Great if you are a personal assistant - not so great for an administrative assistant
By C. D. Pause - October 24, 2006
This book is very good if you are going to be working as a personal assistant or for a very high level executive. If you are an Administrative Assistant for anything other than the White House, a Hollywood star, or a top level executive at a Fortune 500 company, this book doesn't really relate to you. I've worked as an Admin Asst for a large public company, a small manufacturing firm and a high school. Almost none of the suggestions applied to me. It was easy reading but really only applied to very high level or personal assistants. Also, the author related how what she learned allowed her to move up the corporate ladder and even go into business for herself. For someone who is looking to work as an Admin Asst for their foreseeable career, this book doesn't give you anymore information than you already know. Not a bad book, but keep in mind who it's geared toward.
By Stacy L. Bluestein - September 13, 2005
I wholeheartedly recommend this book for both seasoned and new administrative support professionals. I've been in the administrative field for 11 years and already knew some (not all) of the "tricks" the author gives. I found this book entertaining AND educational...it is definitely a helpful source to have by your side. If I were to offer any critism in regard to this book, I'd have to say that it provides very little assistance with the technology today (i.e. Palm, BlackBerry, etc). This book is a MUST BUY for assistants of any level!!!!
A must for all assistants!
By Susan "Danielcrew" - June 30, 2005
I have read lots of books designed to give tips to administrative assistants. They are all so mundane and elementary. Not so with this book!
Heather gives you fun stories to relate to the things she is trying to teach you. Her insights into the details of managing a high-level boss are awesome! She discussed details I had never thought of and opened my mind to new ideas at work.
I highly recommend this book for assistants looking to fine-tune their organizational skills. You will not only learn how to be a great assistant but how to springboard into a new career. Get this book! - Bob's Wife, Susan