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?