Empathy for Gordon?

gordon-brown.jpgWho’d be Gordon Brown? A lame duck seemingly not just fighting a losing battle with the public but with rebel MPs plotting from the inside.Ironically, the people most qualified to offer advice are those he’s failed to sufficiently listen to or consult during his reign as either chancellor or PM: entrepreneurs.Like heads of state, sitting at the head of a company can be a lonely experience – especially if that company isn’t enjoying the best of times.While it’s clever old you that’s built everything around you and created jobs for the people who’s wages you pay, it’s also you that’s responsible when things go wrong and, fairly or not, in their eyes you’re to blame.One entrepreneur I spoke to last week was forced to make redundancies for the first time and had been shocked by the reaction not from the staff that left, but those that stayed.“They’re bitching about me and it’s not very nice,” she said with genuine upset. “It’s that situation you experience as an employee and tell yourself wouldn’t happen if you were the boss, but now I realise it’s just the way it is.”And it is just the way it is. As well as all the upsides, being the boss can be a thankless task. Empathy for Gordon? Maybe a tiny bit...
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