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The Value of Secretaries: A Journey

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By Tyrone Showers
Co-Founder Taliferro

In the hallowed halls of Accenture, the illustrious corporation renowned for its prowess in professional services, there transpired a comical incident that elucidated the complexities of yearning for a secretary in the modern corporate milieu. On that fateful day, I, a humble cog in the vast machinery of Accenture, experienced the unbridled mockery of my esteemed colleagues, their derision fueled by my fervent desire for a secretary – a seemingly mundane aspiration that, unbeknownst to me, would ignite a firestorm of jest and jocularity.

The ordeal began innocuously enough as I shared with my compatriots my aspirations of acquiring a secretary to alleviate the burden of my burgeoning workload and assist me in transferring my intellectual property to Accenture (a topic for another post). In my naiveté, I failed to foresee the uproarious laughter resulting from my proclamation. I envisioned a competent and diligent aide adept at managing the minutiae of my professional life, allowing me to focus on the tasks that genuinely demanded my attention.

My colleagues, a veritable cavalcade of seasoned professionals, guffawed at my aspirations, their mirth a testament to their collective disillusionment with the concept of a secretary. They regaled me with tales of their own experiences, recounting a myriad of anecdotes showcasing their secretarial staff's futility and ineptitude. Their once-prized assistants, they lamented, were now perceived as little more than glorified paperweights, their professional value as ephemeral as the morning dew.

Despite the relentless barrage of mockery, I remained steadfast in my convictions, resolute in my belief that a secretary could prove a valuable asset in my quest for professional ascendancy. Unbeknownst to my colleagues, I embarked on a clandestine mission to prove the worth of a secretary, a covert operation that would ultimately fail.

I commenced my mission by meticulously evaluating the performance of my colleagues' secretaries, carefully scrutinizing their every move in search of the elusive spark that would illuminate their dormant potential. As I observed these professionals in their natural habitat, I discerned a pattern: the secretaries were not inherently incompetent, but rather, their inefficiencies stemmed from a lack of direction and guidance from their superiors.

Emboldened by my findings, I resolved to share my insights with my colleagues, determined to illuminate the untapped potential that lay dormant within their secretaries. My compatriots, initially interested in my assertions, after a short pause, began laughing at my findings.

In an ideal world, over time, my colleagues would invest in the professional development of their secretaries, and a remarkable transformation would occur. The once-ineffectual assistants would have a clear sense of purpose and direction. They would begin to flourish under their newfound competence, a testament to the transformative power of mentorship and guidance.

As the once-maligned secretaries blossom into capable and proficient professionals, the atmosphere within the hallowed halls of Accenture would see a seismic shift. The palpable sense of camaraderie and collaboration permeating the office would punctuate by peals of laughter as my colleagues would revel in the newfound competence of their secretaries and the comedic gold that inevitably accompanied their ascent.

The once-disparaged secretaries, who would then be the veritable lifeblood of the office, would regale their superiors with tales of their professional triumphs and tribulations, their anecdotes suffuse with wry humor that belied their former status as the butt of the office joke. Once suppressed by the crushing weight of their professional inadequacies, their wit and charm now shone brightly, infusing the corporate environs with a warmth and conviviality that had long been absent.

But we don't live in a perfect world, so I would never witness this remarkable metamorphosis. I would not bask in the quiet satisfaction of having vindicated my aspirations. My colleagues, once my staunchest detractors, would never acknowledge the value of their secretaries, and their derision would never be supplanted by a newfound appreciation for the multifaceted talents of their assistants.

Ultimately, the journey from mockery to vindication was only a dream. We would not learn that the true potential of an individual – be it a secretary or otherwise – cannot be ascertained through mere surface-level observation. Rather, as leaders and mentors, we must invest in people's growth and development, nurture their latent talents and shepherd them toward success.

Moreover, we should be reminded of the inextricable link between humor and resilience, the indomitable human spirit that allows us to find levity in the face of adversity. As we navigate the treacherous waters of corporate politics and bureaucracy, secretaries can emerge as the unsung heroes, their wit and perseverance a beacon of hope in the otherwise unforgiving landscape of the professional world.


The saga of coveting a secretary at Accenture proved to be a poignant and instructive tale. As I reflect on the journey, I am filled with a renewed sense of purpose, determined to continue championing the cause of the undervalued and overlooked and always seeking the hidden potential within those who cross my path. In the end, it is often the most unassuming individuals who possess the most extraordinary capacity for growth, their untapped talents merely awaiting the guiding hand of a compassionate mentor to unleash their full potential.

Tyrone Showers