Member Since: 4th Feb 2002
6th Feb 2013
Is it really that long?
I too have read the FD/CEO's diary from day 1 and have always been captivated by it - like a soap opera, but real! I particularly lilked to read about his insights and experiences, especially when they mirrored my own experience as MD of a much smaller SME. But I also learned a lot from his wisdom and people skills, so I never felt time spent reading the Diary was wasted - more professional development than down time.
Best wishes to the CEO for his future health and happiness.
14th Sep 2012
Welcome back & good luck for the future
As someone else who has read this blog since day 1, it is good to hear from you again. I wish you the very best of luck and health in your new role and look forward to reading the column.
20th Aug 2012
As another reader of your blog since the beginning, I have missed your regular contributions so it is good to see you are making progress. I'm not surprised your team is coping well without you - it's a sign of a good CEO. Take care of yourself - I look forward to reading about your recovery to full fitness.
7th Dec 2011
Let's hear it for the CEO!
After all the stick handed out to the CEO, can we all please leave him alone now?
Everything he has been told by his GP agrees completely with everything I have learned from medical friends and colleagues and I think it shows that he has handled the situation with concern and sensitivity.
Now, can those with axes to grind about stress (their own or others') not take it out on the CEO?
2nd Dec 2011
Don't feed the trolls!
The internet is a place where some people seem to feel it is acceptable (perhaps even their duty) to argue rather than discuss, often abandoning all norms of acceptable behaviour and politeness. While the standard of discussion on AW is generally very high (which is why I read it), that is not always the case. I think some of the comments here and in response to the original blog article slip below that high standard.
Stress is an emotive issue, for individuals as well as organisations, and I think I detect the sound of one or two axes being ground.
I'm sorry that some of the intemperate responses here have added to the CEO's own stress levels. I enjoy reading his blog (it's about the only blog I read regularly) and get a lot of ideas and inspiration from it, so I would be very sad if the trolls drove him away.
24th Nov 2011
Is everyone too stressed?
This has got to be the most comments the CEO has ever received to a blog post since it began (I can still remember way back to the first posts in what was then the FD's diary). The vehemence of some of the posts suggests that there are some very stressed people here who are identifying with the IT guy and transferring their own situation to the one here - taking it personally, in other words. As others have said, the original post from the CEO didn't give enough detail, so a lot of these very upset people could well be jumping to entirely unjustified conclusions.
What is clear to me is that (a) stress is a genuine illness that is not always well managed and (b) sick-notes with the diagnosis of 'stress' are often not worth the paper they are written on. 'Stress' is as often abused by employees as it caused or mishandled by employers.
20th Dec 2010
You say you are having to come to terms with a feeling of incompetence - I would say you are having to deal with a feeling of impotence. In the time I have been reading the CEO's diary (and I can remember all the way back to the first FD's Diary posting!), you have demonstrated that you are anything but incompetent.
However, I don't think you are alone in feelings of impotence. More and more of us in SMEs are going to feel the same over the coming months as the coalition government takes us on a madcap roller coaster ride of ideologically-fueled 'reform'. The level of cuts in public spending that we are facing is going to have huge and damaging effects on private industry - and the only ones who will do well out of it are likely to be the bankers who, I seem to remember, caused the problem in the first place.
The only reason you are feeling bad about the situation is that you are a caring and responsible manager faced with a situation where you can only hope to minimise the damage.