Foreword by Olympia Dukakis

Olympia DukakisSince 1986, Bonnie Low-Kramen and I have worked together – each of us learning from each other, each of us challenging each other, defining and re-defining ourselves and our relationship, which over the years has changed and evolved – a vital dynamic in all successful employer/assistant relationships.

Bonnie was like a daughter to my mother, an aunt to my children, a sister to me. I suspect that the professional and deeply personal lines must cross if you are together for almost two decades as Bonnie and I have been sharing an office and three telephone lines.

What I am most aware of is that because of who Bonnie is and the work she performs so well, I found a freedom for myself that is crucial. I am free to name what is important to me and how I want to do things because of Bonnie’s ability to be conciliatory in discussions and negotiations. I am free from those things that drain my energy and time. I am free to make my work my priority.

Bonnie makes herself responsible for everything – she can be depended upon, trusted to follow through. I do not stand watch. Bonnie holds the fort. And all this in addition to the talents and skills that are necessary to run an office, to keep a career scheduled, to keep the finances clear and solid.

How many people after a session with Bonnie have said to me, “I want a Bonnie in my life. How do I get one?” We both earned this relationship through trial and error, and of course, most importantly, through honesty. I have always been struck by the seriousness with which she takes her work, her profession, her career choice.

I am so proud that Bonnie is a founding member and former president of New York Celebrity Assistants, that she lectures, and now, that she has written this book. She has never seen a window she would not open or a corner she would not turn.

She is, in fact, the “ultimate assistant.” If that is what you aspire to, read this book carefully.

Olympia Dukakis