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first_img Comments are closed. Vanessa Pearce reviews – The Future Role of PAsFrom: Helen VandeveldeFormat: An NHS staff development event for Pas and secretaries working inthe West of EnglandMore on www.workingahead.comIf the future is about good teamwork, Carol Jones and Helen Vandevelde gavea masterclass on how it’s done in their presentations on the future role ofPAs. They delivered a rollercoaster ride through the theory and practice ofbecoming a top flight PA/secretary, against the background of globalisation andtechnological change. “Exhausting, but bags of fun if you put your heart into it,”Vandevelde assures her audience. And participants took her at her word, engaging wholeheartedly ininteractive explorations into managing global networking, styles ofcommunication and managing remote relationships. And having been challenged in their thinking and practice, delegatesreturned the compliment by asking some challenging questions of their own – Howdo you deal with issues of confidentiality within a network? Who owns thenetwork? And can you take your networks away with you if you leave the company?Carol Jones blended some colourful illustrations into her keynote address,drawing on her experience as a global PA. For example, when she was PA to theminister for mines and energy for the Northern Territory in Australia, Jonestook on the role of managing his speaking engagements and he developed completetrust in her judgement. The work involved Jones using classic PA traits, such as networking, seizingopportunities, knowledge working, communication and entrepreneurialism. Between them, Jones and Vandevelde live and breathe the global workstyle ofthe future. And on the evidence of their presentations, they’re right. It isgoing to be bags of fun with plenty of opportunities. Top tips in mastering the PA’s roleOn 1 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img