My Working Day – Ali Celiker – CEO of British Pearl

My Working Day

As the leader of a company, you are there to set an example, to lead and inspire a team individuals to achieve a series of business goals. But how do these business leaders go about their daily routine?

Business Leader spoke to Ali Celiker – CEO of British Pearl, about his working day.

What time do you usually wake up?


What do you typically have for breakfast?

Eggs and toast.

What is the rest of your morning routine before you start work?

Activities prior to work, mostly involve preparing myself for work, including reviewing my calendar to see whether I have any meetings (internal or external) which can dictate my attire. In the past exercise would form part of my morning. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been my routine for some time but I am hoping to change that soon.

What is the first thing you do at the start of your working day?

Review and update my task list based on the latest information available to me, I highlight what I would like to get done by day’s end and week’s end.

How do you prioritise your day’s work?

Planning is multidimensional; it considers the direction of the business, deadlines that need to be met and whether I am blocking teammates from completing their tasks because I haven’t completed mine.

Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?

Internal meetings are usually very useful, meeting teammates to ensure our efforts are focused on the right activities and agreeing the direction of the business is essential to ensure efficiency. If we are being productive and meeting our milestones this also has a very positive effect on morale.

External meetings fall into two groups, business as usual with trade partners or speculative. Speculative meetings are like dating, you must meet lots of people before you find the one. The key is to identify early on whether the meeting is worthwhile or not and cut it short if there are no prospects.

Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?

Usually a working lunch.

When does your workday finish?

Officially in the office, anytime between 6pm and 8pm. Sometimes work continues at home in the evening if there is an important deadline that needs to be met.

How do you prepare for the next day’s work?

My tasks list planning helps with that.

How do you switch off?

I usually escape by watching a comedy. Big Bang Theory is a good one.

Best piece of advice you received?

Grandma “while the tap is running, catch every drop” which translates as make the most of every opportunity.

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