Give me a “T”, give me an “E”, give me an “A”, give me an “M” … you get the message, you and your virtual assistant are a TEAM! And teams work together, support each other, and grow together. That’s what this blog is about – growing together.
I talked about hiring the skillset you need. It is really important that you hire someone who has the knowledge and skills to support you. I’m going to be a bit contradictory here and say that it is also important that you allow for growth and learning.
Let’s face it, we don’t all know everything and especially with technology, change is constant. So as much as you want to be structured and have someone with the knowledge of your current systems, you also want to be open to having someone learn. Learning makes us better, makes us smarter, keeps us enticed and energized.
Growth is a huge part of our success. Just as you are learning new ways to manage your business, your VA is learning new ways to support that. What is so important in any team and growth opportunity is being patient, being open to new ideas, and sharing thoughts and opinions.
I had an experience recently that frustrated me. I had a prospective client who I shared an image with – a stock photo for an event she was planning. It was very different than what she was looking for. The image caught my attention because it reflected to me what would draw me to her event as an attendee. She was so offended by the image and that I would suggest it to her. I had no intention of offending this person, her brand, or her image. I apologized and explained why I shared it as an idea. I just wanted to share a different viewpoint. She could not see that and was very upset with me. Needless to say, we are not a good fit to work together.
For me, it’s truly important that both the client and the VA can share openly and continue to learn. In the situation above, having learned that this client did not want to go in that direction, I would have never shared such an image again. That, to me, is part of growing together. Experiencing and sharing different viewpoints and different avenues so that we either narrow down the business strategy or we expand the business strategy – either is okay.
Grow together as a team and be cheerleaders for each other! Because who doesn’t like a cheering section!
Marianne D’Alessandro is a virtual assistant and owner of TimeFlies-Admin Services. With over 30+ years as an executive assistant, Marianne works in partnership with her clients. She offers consulting for entrepreneurs looking to hire the right virtual assistant as well as productivity and time-saving workshops. Sign up for monthly Tips & App Features.