A lonely place

I was asked recently what I did to relax from a stressful job. As any reader of his blog will know I am lucky to have a strong support network of family and friends as well as my menagerie that keeps me grounded.

The role of head of communication in any organisation is a challenging one and it is often a lonely place.

You are expected to be at the top of your game with communication and have up-to-date knowledge and skills

If you read a few weeks ago about the head of comms at Netflix’s you would see his recognition that heads of comms have a leadership role and are expected to demonstrate the highest professional standards all the time.

In this modern social media and connected world it means you are a head of communication representing your organisation 24/7. There is always someone potentially watching you ready to raise an issue. It is a huge responsibility.

Personally, I am very aware of it but refuse to dwell heavily on it for fear that I won’t be able to do my job. Along with everything else a head of communication is supposed to be and do you are also a risk manager and a risk taker. You need a clear head to be able to do that effectively.

Being a head of communication is a lonely and pressured place but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I enjoy every minute of it (well almost!) and can see the positive difference I and the team make on a daily basis. Who wouldn’t love that?

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2 Responses to A lonely place

  1. doracomms says:

    I guess every job is stressful. Given that we are in the digital era, PR professionals, especially head of communication like you would be so busy that you don’t even have time to acknowledge of your stress. But as you clearly stated, it is indeed a rewarding career and I aspire to become a head of communication like you, Amanda!

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