-As you took your seat on the editor-in-chief chair each morning, how did it affect you humanly speaking?
In the beginning it did, but not anymore. I guess I got so used to the role it got under my skin you know. (Smiles.)
-Is that fun if one can’t get out of one’s role?
Never bothered me. Been my life for 11 years, 24/7 – this is me. Makes no sense trying to force it out of me.
-So as you are leaving, a vital part of your identity is lost?
I realise it’s won’t be overnight that I get out. Will take time. Thankfully, I have two months to rest before the new job begins.
-The door of your office was always open, one would see you talking to the staff... Was it a relief to get it over with as the day was done?
Not at all. Talking to people was what I enjoyed the most in this job. The problems were wall to wall, but I like to help solve them.
But there came the day I felt solving the problems went too fast. Like I’d seen it all, already. Then, for me, it ceased to be interesting. Seriously: I wish that problems would be bigger.
As an adrenaline addict, I like it difficult. I work best when it is so stressful that your hair stands on end. For me, stress is what gets me going.
-What are the most stressful situations that come to mind?
The only thing that I think broke my stress threshold was when we wrote about the Andrus Veerpalu doping case. [Our journalists] Peep Pahv and Tuuli Koch learned his test was positive. We checked the facts and broke the news.
The Skiing Confederation denied it all and for a week the newspaper cane under severe pressure.
Most tragically, when the confederation said sorry afterwards, the readers remained angry at us the messenger. Out of shock, they hated us...
That stress was no longer the good kind. I think I got a lot older in those days.
-Related to the work, what have been your main miscalculations, and failures?
Well that would be as to the people. I have put people on wrong positions, taken wrong people in from the outside. I have lost many a good journalist by basically forcing them into being leaders. Afterwards, they would burn out both as leaders and as journalists, are hurt and wounded. That is a mistake we as managers must not make.