Sitting on a File Cabinet, Naked with a GunSitting on a File Cabinet, Naked with a Gun, written by Linda McFarland and Joanne Lindon, with Sharon Turnoy, are the true stories by some of the Silicon Valley CEO assistants, their personal experiences to challenges they faced and what they did or learned from it.

It’s an interesting book to read and learn from other assistants. Each chapter provides a challenge, the developing story, and what they did and learned from the experience. My favorite part was the wrap-up at the end of each chapter called, POW (their acronym for “Points of Wisdom”). For example,

“Take control of your career by keeping abreast of new opportunities through formal and informal networks.”

The book is an easy read through. I try to get books on my computer so I can markup and highlight good suggestions, which is the majority of the POW advise at the end of each chapter.

You can purchase this book from Amazon and download as a Kindle. You don’t have to have an actual Kindle to do this. You can download their app on any computer or tablet.

Also Joan Burge, founder and CEO of Office Dynamics, who wrote the Forward for the book, writes and manages a fantastic website for the office professional that is worth checking out and signing up for her stream of articles.

If you’ve read the book (or come back later if you decided to read the book later), leave your comments and thoughts about the book. Can you relate to the expectations of these assistants? Are some expectations that are a bit unrealistic (and there are many)? Do you have a story to share about a challenge that made you a little crazy, but you came out the hero? We would love to hear how you overcame your obstacles and what you did to overcome the challenge.

Before wrapping up the article, I am including the website for Joanne Linden at Admin Universe. Stop by and check out what she’s doing over there.


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2 Responses to Book Review – Sitting on a File Cabinet, Naked with a Gun

  1. Layne, thank you very much for the review of our book. Now in its 5 reprint, we still are enjoying the many wonderful comments from administrative professionals around the world. Joanne Linden

  2. Layne, what a fantastic write-up. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the read. Joanne and I had a blast interviewing assistants and hearing all their stories. I haven’t stopped writing stories and am also coaching administrative professionals and developing several workshops and continue training and keynoting when possible. You can find out more at Thanks again! Linda McFarland

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