My Working Day – Dan Montagnani – CEO of Groundsure


Dan Montagnani

As the leader of a company, you are there to set an example, to lead and inspire a team of individuals to achieve a series of business goals. But how do these business leaders go about their daily routine? Business Leader spoke to Dan Montagnani – CEO of Groundsure, about his working day.

What time do you usually wake up?

Bright and early at 6am!

What do you typically have for breakfast?

A cappuccino then a couple of double espressos and maybe some fruit if I’m feeling hungry.

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

At the present time nothing more glamorous than attempting to restore some order to the household (dog, young children, etc). If I can sit down with my family for a quick breakfast then that’s a plus!

First thing you do at the start of a workday?

Make sure I review the prior day’s trading.

How do you prioritise your work?

I think I am constantly thinking: Do I need to do it? Does somebody in my team need to do it? Does it need doing at all? Then for the things I am going to do it is normally pretty simple to rationalise a priority list.

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

Yes to planning but many of my meetings will be planned by others. If a meeting looked like a waste of time it probably would not have made the diary in the first place. I think lockdown has brought a different approach to meetings for most people. Better engagement – higher value.

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

It is good to have a break if you can so it entirely depends on how the day is going and what my schedule looks like. Getting out for a dog walk during lockdown has been a daily objective but not always achieved. 30 minutes for lunch occasionally with my family is one of the upsides lockdown has brought. Outside of lockdown using lunch as an opportunity to have a catch up with a colleague or a client or a friend is good way of getting more done in the finite time we have in the day

When does your working day finish?

Sometime between 1700 and 2100 generally.

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

Trying to get a decent amount of sleep is a good start but not guaranteed for us at the moment with young children. I always try and end the day with a clear inbox and these days try and avoid checking email after I have logged off in the evening. If it’s urgent the phone will ring!

What’s your favourite piece of technology?

My aggregated smart home set-up anchored around Google / Nest. It saves me money, time (e.g. robot lawnmower) provides assurance, security, etc. We live in a listed building managed by Google!

How do you switch off?

Walk in the South Downs National Park, gardening, spending time with my family, growing / making / eating great food, sport. Once we are through the pandemic we are going to be focusing our attention on getting a holiday home in Italy somewhere

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

I find it quite hard to single out just one thing – but probably something around our time here being limited – make sure you use it wisely!