What exactly does a CEO do all day I hear you ask? Well, let me tell you, it’s alot.
Last week I took part in something called a Takeover Day, it’s where some of the most executive roles at CLIC Sargent were taken over by some of the Young People that volunteer and participate with them. I was assigned as CEO for the day which was a bit surprising seen as I’m the last person you’d see chairing a meeting on a normal day, of the group doing it I’m not the loudest voice in the room so had no idea how I’d be a CEO all day but I surprised myself and I think a few others too. (Also…is it that surprising? I’m awesome!)
The day started pretty early but I set up a Facebook group chat to connect with my fellow takeover team…some I had met some I hadn’t, it was all very exciting. I did have the Director of Services for the day ask where his company car was (they don’t have company cars!) And I am still waiting for someone to nominate themselves to fetch me coffee though I have to say my assistant for the day Seren was amazing and very on the ball. Although it was quite strange to have an assistant…I was so nervous about telling others what to do or asking for things but I think I managed ok, I didn’t tell anyone to outright go away so that’s good.
Check out my door!
What does it even mean to be someone’s friend these days? It seems more and more as people get older they feel like they have some sort of loyalty to people they’ve known forever even if they have nothing in common anymore and as people start families, get engaged, work full time and things I guess they don’t get to meet new people as often as they would have at college, school and university.
I’ve had people I hadn’t spoken to in years that I never really got on with want to suddenly be friends because we had some tiny tenuous link to a common interest. I keep my circle fairly small and I’m lucky enough to be able to do that because I have those friends everyone hopes they will find, the one’s that stand by you through anything and everything and that you can get up to lots of random fun with when you’re together. Actually, most of those people don’t live close to me, which makes it even more special that we have those relationships.
Today has been a busy but very worthwhile day. I’ve been at the CLIC Sargent offices and it’s been brand launch day (as if you hadn’t noticed from my social media activity!) The atmosphere in the office was amazing and everyone is embracing the new brand. It’s only up for the charity from here and I can’t wait to see and be involved in the ongoing improvements.
My very close friend who I met during his treatment and couldn’t be prouder of is a Trustee with lived experience for the charity now and he gave me this quote that I want to share with you. It sums up perfectly not only my own view but that of the young people I am close to and the aim of the charity to work together.
“I have heard too many sad real life stories. Enough is enough! Say no to what cancer does to you! Let us work together in this fight!”
Above – Jason modelling the new brand.
That’s me over and out for the day. Thankyou for all the amazing support you’ve shown today in sharing, liking and starting conversations about cancer and CLIC Sargent. Next time you hear Young Lives vs Cancer or the name CLIC Sargent I hope you’ll know what they do, be aware of the impact cancer has and want to join the fight.
The YPRG showing Jason our support 🙂
It’s the first of November, not only the time for Halloween parties to finish and for thinking ahead to Christmas but also the day myself and many of my friends have been excited for. For the past six months or so CLIC Sargent’s Young People’s Reference Group (YPRG) who are a kind of advisory group of young people who have lived with cancer which I am a member of have been working alongside the charity in their rebranding process. Yes you read that right they are finally rebranding!
Me and my gorgeous dog modelling the new brand.