CEO Roundup: The Excitement is Palpable
Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home CEO, Lindsay Fyffe-Jardine returns from annual leave and shares what’s been a very busy but exciting week at the Home.
Week 15th June
I had a week off last week to try and step back from the madness of this crisis and all that comes with it and I’ve returned this morning with a very full head-holidays in lockdown it turns out can be hard to switch off on. However, I push aside my heavy head full of future planning and get my green polo on ready to head into the office for our partial reopening for rehoming. Weeks of work has gone into this and there has been a furious amount of energy put into the preparations for this. For us to be open again for rehoming, albeit with a very different process to the one before, gives all of us across the organisation a sense of accomplishment for where we have got to in some of the darkest of times in the Home’s history. Throughout this crisis the ongoing quality of animal care, dedication and passion for getting them ‘home ready’ has been a guiding light and huge goal for us all and we’re finally here. I feel very proud to be leading this team while we reach this first milestone.
I’m standing in reception listening to all the calls through and I’m informed that more than a hundred applications a minute, which just blows my mind. This is such an opportunity for our dogs and cats to find homes soon…. days away even. The excitement in the team is palpable.
That excitement doesn’t dissipate as my week goes on, catching up with everyone in the team meeting. Everyone is buzzing about us getting back to our core mission and it doesn’t matter which department everyone works in its unanimous across the board as the highlight of everyone’s week. My joy in hearing this is momentarily interrupted by my daughter joining the team call to ask very nicely for a treat….at 9.50am. This all gets a laugh from everyone while I conjure up some dried strawberries from my parental armory of ‘sweeties’!!
The week catapults by at breakneck speed and I’m flying through workload and phone calls again trying to keep up. Planning ahead for re-arranged AGM’s and finalising the run throughs of the annual report, which feels to surreal to review a 2019 that I feel happened five years ago based on 2020’s curve balls. While it was good last week not to be juggling work and childcare and being able to focus on my daughter with the attention I want to give her, it feels good to be moving such big issues forward with my team and working out the beginnings of plans for how we can continue to fight the impact of this crisis on our organisation.
I’m ending my week in a podcast and its my favourite topic-the Home’s work! I always love the opportunity to talk about our mission and it certainly beats only focusing on how to save our mission. A great way to end an intense but productive week. Tune in next week to find out how our first rehoming appointments went and how many dogs and cats found their forever homes.