Second-in-Charge is down and out. Writing had been on wall for a while. After massive row last week, both of us had been starting to face up to the fact that he has been seriously stressed for a while. Yesterday, we conceded defeat. Am very glad for him in a way – lovely and hugely competent guy who just needs some time out. Have no doubt he will come back as an even bigger asset to the company. In between fire-fighting the immediate crisis, I stand back and write my copious lists. Realise that my production offices are going to be badly under threat, my sales office is not just short but mini-staffed and, come the weekend, my focus is going to have to be on my own mental and physical health. New lad in sales looks promising. Send copious emails to all the other possible applicants who I didn’t get to interview on the last round in hope a hidden gem will turn up. As soon as ex Right Hand is out of swine flu quarantine, he’ll come in and train sales office. Plan meeting with Second-in-Charge’s assistant and ex accounts guy (now emergency cover – just in time!) to split up work and ensure no overloading. Meanwhile, plough on with assessments – into last half dozen now – and try and be inventive on last designs for next week’s photography. Keep fingers very crossed on all fronts!
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