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The CEO’s Secret Weapon

How Great Leaders and Their Assistants Maximize Productivity and Effectiveness

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Jan Jones
      Pages 1-10
  3. What an Exceptional Assistant Can Do for You

  4. Crucial Characteristics of an Exceptional Executive Assistant and Why They Should Matter to You

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-47
    2. Jan Jones
      Pages 49-64
    3. Jan Jones
      Pages 65-77
  5. Hiring an Exceptional Executive Assistant

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
  6. How to Set Things Up: Laying the Groundwork for Maximum Productivity and Effectivenes

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 207-219

About this book


Many executives don't take full advantage of the assistant who sits right outside their door. This book educates executives about all the ways in which they can streamline and improve the way they work with the help of a great assistant, while teaching them to identify great candidates and maximize the benefits of this special relationship.


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About the authors

Jan Jones is founder and president of Jan Jones Worldwide, a bespoke speakers bureau which evolved from her industry experience as executive assistant to personal development icon, Anthony Robbins, and ten years as exclusive representative for small business guru and entrepreneurial visionary, Michael Gerber. Prior to starting her business, Jan spent almost twenty years as executive assistant to successful businesspeople around the world, including Australian computer industry pioneer, Lionel Singer. Jan remains a passionate advocate for the executive assistant profession. She enjoys mentoring assistants and guiding executives on how to get the most out of the relationship with their assistant.

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“Impressively well written and thoroughly ‘reader friendly’ in tone, content, organization and presentation, ‘The CEO’s Secret Weapon: How Great Leaders and Their Assistants Maximize Productivity and Effectiveness’ will prove to be of enormous value and interest to anyone contemplating the engagement of an executive assistant, or who already has one and would like to maximize the value of that executive assistant to themselves and to their company. Very highly recommended for corporate, community, and academic library … .” (Jewish Hit Squad, Midwest Book Review,, December, 2015)

What makes a leader great? An executive assistant who makes sure he or she shows up at the right place at the right time well prepared. EAs are the wizards behind the curtain that make business magic happen. If you want to become a better leader, or a better EA, you will treasure this book. - Chester Elton, New York Times best-selling author of All In; What Motivates Me and The Carrot Principle

Executives and assistants alike will benefit from the wisdom Jan Jones shares in this book. Rick Olafsson, Co-Founder, Appy Entertainment, Inc.

Executive assistants need to be positive, tenacious, resourceful, reliable and gracious. Luckily for executives, Jan Jones shows you how to get the best out of the most important asset you have in the office, your own assistant. - Dana Kyle, former assistant to Dr. Ken Blanchard; Knowledge Sharing Administrator, The Ken Blanchard Companies

With this book, assistants worldwide will have access to Jan's expertise on how they can develop powerful partnerships with their executives, while increasing their own productivity and effectiveness. Karen Beattie, Managing Director, The Growth Faculty, Australia

Jan has finally written the book so many executives and assistants have repeatedly asked her to write, about how executives and their assistants can work together effectively. This book will be invaluable to executives and assistants who want to maximize their productivity and develop their partnership. Suzanne M. Kelly, MSOL; Editor, Urantia International Journal; Secretary, Urantia International Association, Texas Branch

Whether you are an executive or an assistant, you will gain much from reading Jan's book. - Andrea Temel, Speaker Manager, Speakers For Success, Irvine, California.

Jan holds herself to the highest standards. She's written this book so others can benefit from her actionable strategies, ideas and tips. I am one of Jan's biggest fans. Read her book now so that the results she creates for her clients will be yours. Michael Hutchison, former VP of Marketing and Sales for Tony Robbins; Host, Dunn & Bradstreet TV show CredibilityLive.

As Jan Jones' assistant at the Tony Robbins organization, I was the direct beneficiary of the invaluable advice she shares in this book. She showed me what being resourceful and remaining calm under extreme pressure truly meant. Executives and assistants who want to maximize their productivity should read this book carefully and follow its advice. -Veronique Franceus, former assistant to Jan Jones and Tony Robbins; Associate Learning Specialist, Bristol-Myers Squibb