Sitting on a File Cabinet, Naked, With a Gun


Sitting on a File Cabinet, Naked, With a Gun offers an engaging, entertaining insider’s look into the offices of some of the most powerful men and women in Silicon Valley, as executive assistants spill the beans about their CEOs. Executive assistants are arguably the most influential people on a chief executive’s staff.

Currently, over 8 million administrative professionals help over 4 million executives & general managers to broker and schedule meetings, decide who gets the CEO’s ear, and select airlines, hotels, car rentals, and other vendors. In addition, they often support the CEOs’ personal needs. They also regularly give input to the CEO on employees, from new candidates to old-timers, and they most definitely impact the fortunes of the businesses that serve them.

CEO executive assistants are historically a “secret weapon” – typically not even recognized for their power to influence the CEO, and often written off as “just a secretary.” Beware of making that outdated mistake. Today, the executive assistant to a CEO wields a huge amount of power and is engaged in all aspects of the business. They continually seek out ways to make their jobs more efficient, more enriching, and more empowering. They leverage their CEOs’ highly valuable time to enable them to devote their total energies to making the major strategic decisions for their companies.
Sitting on a File Cabinet, Naked, With a Gun is a book for anyone who has ever wondered about what goes on behind the closed doors of the executive suite. It’s especially useful for anyone who has his or her eyes on a spot reporting to a CEO one day.

Excellent book, makes for a quick read with lots of “points of wisdom”(tm) ideas to help in everyday administrative duties.


Additional information

Weight .5 lbs
Dimensions 7 x 5 x .5 in

Paperback, Hard Cover

8 reviews for Sitting on a File Cabinet, Naked, With a Gun

  1. J. Whiteon

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    An Honest Look at the Lives of Executive Assistants

    By J. Whiteon November 23, 2009

    I work in Silicon Valley. I read this book with a lot of personal interest and curiosity. I am not an admin or a CEO. However I do manage people and I do interact with admins. This book is filled with interesting stories and summarizing insights at the end of each section. I feel like a lot of the wisdom shared with the reader can be applied to everybody’s daily life. A lot of it has to do with common sense. Something your mother might have told you before. But it is always good to see how this common sense applies to people who devote their careers helping the powerful CEO’s of Silicon Valley. I’ve taken good notes of their lessons learned and feel like it will benefit me in my own ways.

  2. L. Phillips

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amusing and interesting

    By L. Phillips on March 25, 2010

    If you are an assistant or plan to be one, this book is for you. It’s filled with some amazing stories about the crazy life a CEOs assistant leads. Reading it brought back memories of some of the miracles I had to pull out of my hat and how much fun it can be to make impossible things happen. The book is funny and easy to read, not to mention full of valuable lessons and advice.

  3. Gina J.

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent, Relevant, Motivating, Entertaining

    By Gina J. on August 9, 2010

    “Sitting on a File Cabinet, Naked, With a Gun…” is suberply written. It addresses all of the career and situational experiences an executive assistant might entercounter in an extremely entertaining, yet relevant way. Reading it was like speaking direcly to a witty, intelligent mentor. I instantly connected with the authors and felt like they knew me by name. It is the best book of its kind. I highly recommend this book to every assistant out there and their bosses. Purchase the book and “Get it done!”…

  4. A.P.

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    An entertaining and insightful read for administrative professionals

    By A.P. on September 8, 2010

    This was an enjoyable read! The book is filled with real life scenarios that CEO assistants have encountered in their professional life, how they resolved the issues, and the lessons learned. The practical tips (Points of Wisdom) at the end of each chapter were my favorite “take-away”. As someone who can personally relate to many of these stories, these tips and tools are important for developing or enhancing the assistant’s partnership with their supervisor and for their career.

    Thanks to all the contributors who shared their honest stories and valuable lessons with us!

  5. Customer

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    A must read for new and seasoned EA’s!!

    October 8, 2010

    “Sitting on a File Cabinet..” is a must read for every administrative professional!! I already own 2 copies (one for me and one to loan to friends) and I’m buying another 10 copies at Christmas time for my colleagues. It’s absolutely fabulous!! I laughed hysterically at some of the stories. I could relate all too well with many of the experiences shared by other EA’s. Linda and Joanne did a great job illustrating the challenges that administrative professionals encounter every day and the humor and humility it takes to be successful in our jobs. It’s a great learning tool for those newer to the profession and those of us with many years of experience. I can’t wait for the sequel!

  6. The Writing Flower

    5.0 out of 5 stars


    By The Writing Flower on December 28, 2011

    This book is hilarious! I enjoyed it. Gave me insight on what others in my field goes through. Is there a part 2 in the works? I hope so!

  7. Kelli Patton

    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!

    By Kelli Patton on July 21, 2013

    My only wish was that there was more of it. Loved it from beginning to end. Please keep them coming.

  8. Martha

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    By Martha on July 11, 2014

    Awesome, funny, and relatable.

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