100 TO 1 - THE CAPTAIN

MAR 2020
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100 TO 1 - THE CAPTAIN

The 100 to 1 series continues 


Firstly, I’m not a big fan of the title CEO. I just took it because that’s what my Dad is but I’ve never felt as though this captured who I am. So the next question was what is it that I do and how do my actions impact the business.

 

One of the things that I’ve learnt is that everything starts and ends with me - my energy, my habits, my actions, my values. 

 

It’s difficult to wear at times because regardless of what’s going on internally or externally, you’re required to be in state of constant evaluation and development when sometimes I don’t even want to get out of bed. 

 

But if there was ever a situation to provide clarity around this question, the current global pandemic has done just that: 

 

At a time like this I’m surrounded by my peers the majority of whom are in the passenger seat. Some are uncertain and worried about the future, others are looking for Netflix recommendations. On the other hand I’m busy steering the ship. 

 

For me this isn’t time off or time to panic, it’s a time to: 

 

  • put together a strategy to get us through - what do we do if this lasts for weeks? What do we do if this lasts for months?

  • seek out information and advice so that we know how best to navigate the current situation 

  • look after the team – how do we support them morally and financially through this difficult time

 

I don’t have definitives, just the information available and my intuition. So right now, I’m trying to make the best decisions possible and hoping I’m taking the team in the right direction. 

 

For now, I must walk this path alone but once the dust starts to settle it will be about getting the team to rally around this new strategy. 

 

There’s no manual, no right or wrong, only action and omission. 

 

So to all the Captains out there steering the ship through these unchartered waters, we salute you!

 



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100 TO 1 - THE CAPTAIN

The 100 to 1 series continues 


Firstly, I’m not a big fan of the title CEO. I just took it because that’s what my Dad is but I’ve never felt as though this captured who I am. So the next question was what is it that I do and how do my actions impact the business.

 

One of the things that I’ve learnt is that everything starts and ends with me - my energy, my habits, my actions, my values. 

 

It’s difficult to wear at times because regardless of what’s going on internally or externally, you’re required to be in state of constant evaluation and development when sometimes I don’t even want to get out of bed. 

 

But if there was ever a situation to provide clarity around this question, the current global pandemic has done just that: 

 

At a time like this I’m surrounded by my peers the majority of whom are in the passenger seat. Some are uncertain and worried about the future, others are looking for Netflix recommendations. On the other hand I’m busy steering the ship. 

 

For me this isn’t time off or time to panic, it’s a time to: 

 

  • put together a strategy to get us through - what do we do if this lasts for weeks? What do we do if this lasts for months?

  • seek out information and advice so that we know how best to navigate the current situation 

  • look after the team – how do we support them morally and financially through this difficult time

 

I don’t have definitives, just the information available and my intuition. So right now, I’m trying to make the best decisions possible and hoping I’m taking the team in the right direction. 

 

For now, I must walk this path alone but once the dust starts to settle it will be about getting the team to rally around this new strategy. 

 

There’s no manual, no right or wrong, only action and omission. 

 

So to all the Captains out there steering the ship through these unchartered waters, we salute you!

 



  BLOGS