Executives Lose a Coveted Status Symbol—Their Assistants
Valerie Balensiefen remembers the directive she got from a former boss on her first day as his executive assistant in 2019: She’d been hired to support him, and him alone. If others tried to steal her time, she was to tell them to fend for themselves.
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