Finding the right OA

Source: Currently Obsessed Blog, Dec 2009

One of the best decisions we made at the time was to hire a “Do-It-All Office Admin” (DIAOA) as one of our very first hires.  The point was to free up everyone else to focus exclusively on building the business. Basically, we needed someone to tackle all of the “distractions”:  anything that isn’t a direct action related to a core goal.

Personal characteristics to look for:

  • Self-driven, tenacious, energentic – this person will need to be able to take a loose project description and drive it to completion, with little help.
  • Eager to gain experience – they may not have experience but they are eager to prove to the world how they can shine.  Startups are great places for these types.
  • Smart – because smart people will respond to challenges like “figure out a way to get free pastries from that new bakery downstairs for our next board meeting”
  • Trustworthy — this person will invariably have access to sensitive information like cap tables, employee records, bank statements and your email inbox (if you let them)
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