It’s a much overused analogy, but boy, what a rollercoaster. Is this why it’s so exhausting? As a CEO founder entirely responsible for the continuity and wellbeing of a small enterprise, the lows have been very low indeed and the highs, well, not really high at all. They can’t be when there’s so much suffering.
This week is no different in being a rollercoaster, or to use another metaphor, a mixed bag.
The big news is that the team is going into furlough for the month of June. Whilst this is contra to much of the world emerging from lockdown, as a social business, we’re not much of the world.
We were needed as the crisis occurred. We stuck around to support people finding their support networks whisked away overnight. This was the right thing to do.
As a result of sticking around we were able to both secure new income and devise new digital projects to sustain us. We’re going to be needed more than ever so adapting fast was the the only possible response.
We’re still a tiny organisation with so much passion, commitment, innovation and drive. As such we can’t wait to come back refreshed and rejuvenated to an emerging world where we will be able to resume face to face work. It is financially prudent to save some money to ensure we stick around.
Further to this tough decision, our job advert for a new Operational Manager goes live today. Nothing says ‘we’re here to stay’ like recruitment. What an incredible new chapter for someone as they join a social enterprise that has undergone digital transformation in two months.
And finally, at the end of June we will be recruiting not one, but two Non Executive Directors. An enterprise with new vigour and direction needs new people, passion and skills too!
And FYI, I shall not be furloughing – there’s too much to do! But I shall be having two weeks leave at the start of June.
This is not goodbye – this is see you in July!