This week we interviewed the talented Jennifer Elder who absolutely loves being busy at and outside of work, even on weekends! She thrives in fast-paced environments and is very much running a tight ship as the EA and Office Manager at a Leadership & Executive mentoring firm in London, Mayfair.
- What are your main responsibilities?
If I read my job spec now, it is hard to decide what my main responsibilities are! I support the Chairman, the Client Partner (who is the acting Managing Partner) and the Mentors who also do Business development too. So I would say making sure they are focused and knowing what their daily tasks/objectives would cover it…Not forgetting that I manage the office and day to day activities, project manage any side projects, and handle any HR matters whilst liaising with the wider faculty of about 20 people.
- What do you enjoy most about your role?
I think what gets me out of bed each day and want to come to work is knowing that the work I do contributes to helping people. Even though my role is not in the limelight, it is critical I do it! I always think of this quotation by Mahatma Gandhi: “Whatever you do is insignificant but it is important you do it!”
- And least?
Working with Senior Executives, you do have to swallow the pressures they are under with them. With those relentless days in the office, you have to dig deep to remember – they are enduring it with you! If not more so.
- Any tips on how to be a great EA?
The skills I have found that have gotten me out of many a pickle is being resourceful when tackling anything. Climb out of the box and jump around. Also, focusing on learning ASAP what your Execs triggers are, in both a good and bad way. Then you know how they react, which saves you time trying to be a mind reader.
- What do you do to relax after a long day at work?
I hit the gym four times a week, which ranges from boxing, hiit classes (like Barrys Bootcamp) and hot yoga. I find it essential to switch off and not think about work.
- If you weren’t an EA what would you be?
If I could choose any job in the world – I would be a guide dog puppy handler. Looking after puppies and then helping them train to support blind people, amazing stuff!
- Favourite place in London?
Funnily enough, the gym is not it! Although for the amount of time I am there, I had to ponder. I would probably say this vegan/gluten free cupcake shop called Vida Bakery on Brick Lane and then wondering around Brick Lane and Spitalfields market.