De Vries has been a CEO of a large company for about 5 years. Formerly, he has worked for several large companies over a period of more than 30 years. You are his PA and Continue reading CEO in discredit
You work as a PA for a large international environment organisation. Your CEO, campaign director, asks you to book a weekly flight ticket for him to visit his wife and children who are living abroad. As there was no option offered by the company Continue reading Campaign director causes annoyance
You work as an executive assistant in a prestigious company where graduates like to start their career. The hiring is arranged by the recruitment department and currently a position as a trainee is vacant.
Now imagine that one of the board members orders you to withdraw Continue reading My boss’s daughter as a trainee?
The IMA Conference “Business Ethics & Integrity” on 29th September in The Hague (Netherlands) will be the kick off of a large international survey on professional dilemmas of management assistants regarding misconduct in their organisation.
This survey aims at analysing the role and professional and personal dilemmas management assistants are faced with. Management assistants have a very special and important role. They serve their director/manager, in several ways they have superior access to crucial information, they are faced with tough dilemmas when faced with integrity matters in their role. Management assistants play a pivotal role at the highest levels of an organisation and their work has significant – but often underestimated – impact.
What is their exact role, vis-à-vis their supervisor and towards the rest of the organisation, which business and integrity dilemma’s do they face, what is the impact of corporate culture on their role and dilemma’s?
These are some of the issues that are addressed in this survey. This survey, initiated by Ingrid de Jong-Kraal and Brigit de Lange, owners of Dilemma-Assist in cooperation with IMA is developed together with Dutch professors of corporate governance and leadership Kees Cools and Erik van de Loo.
In December 2017 the results of the survey will be presented to all IMA members as a closing down of this year’s theme of business ethics.
In spring 2018 Dilemma Assist will organise an international symposium in The Netherlands where the results of the survey will be presented. Prominent international experts, CEO’s and management assistants will comment on the results and share their views. An official publication with results and interviews with – well known- assistants will be published on the occasion of the symposium.
Business Leaders and Vlerick Business School: Survey CEO Motives by Prof. Dr. Xavier Baeten, 2016. This survey was conducted under 950 Dutch and Belgian CEOs. Especially chapter 6 re ethics & sustainability is interesting.
On March 16, we will announce the results of our international survey among 1.400 participants of IMA ((International Management Assistants Network) in 25 countries. This first international survey by Dilemma-Assist wanted to learn how executive assistants are dealing with their professional dilemmas. Either in their organisation or in relation to their supervisor with whom they co-operate closely and have to be strictly loyal. The survey also may be an opportunity to support executive assistants in developing their professional role in integrity matters and governance as a whole.
You always take meeting minutes for a management team member who is known for making sexist comments to different women in his department. Being the directors’ assistant you have experienced that as well. During lunch and the Friday drinks this subject is often point of discussion among your colleagues, but no one dares Continue reading Sexist comments
Loes van Manen has been asked to take minutes at a meeting of the supervisory board and the management of a major insurance company. It is going to be a tough meeting: the management intends to make a major takeover and the supervisory board disagrees. The debate is fierce and it is regularly reported that the aforementioned should be kept out of the minutes. Loes is not easily intimidated but Continue reading ‘Transparent Minutes’
You are at your neighbour’s birthday party. There you hear that a member of the supervisory board has a new job in addition to his board position. In his new position, he will be working at a company in the same industry, but not necessarily a direct competitor. He has not reported Continue reading Supervisory boardmember fails to report new position