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 Jeannie Boyle – Executive Director of EQ Investors, about her working day.
WHAT TIME DO YOU USUALLY WAKE UP?
It depends. In the summer months I wake up earlier to get out for a run or quick swim in the sea. In the winter it’s usually 06:00 to 06.30, depending on what I have on. If I’m seeing clients close to home in the Brighton area it can be a bit later.
WHAT DO YOU TYPICALLY HAVE FOR BREAKFAST?
I have never been a big breakfast person, I usually have a bowl of porridge or some fruit when I get into the office. My only requirement is coffee.
WHAT IS THE REST OF YOUR MORNING ROUTINE BEFORE YOU START WORK?
If I’m heading into London, the commute tends to dictate. I look to use this time productively. I’ll often spend time thinking through the day ahead, which means I can get straight to work when I reach the office. I also use the time to read, either fiction or the newspaper. A good book makes the journey pass pretty quickly.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU DO AT THE START OF YOUR WORKING DAY?
I make sure everyone in my team is okay and we are all know what the priorities for the day are.
HOW DO YOU PRIORITISE YOUR DAYS WORK?
I split my time between looking after clients and management responsibilities, but clients always come first. Working with people means that no two days are ever the same, which I love. Meetings are always scheduled in advance, but people are full of surprises and I never know what someone will get in touch about. When you’ve been working with people for many years you can feel part of their journey
Important tasks and meetings are scheduled in advance. I try to have a few hours a week dedicated to working on the business and staying in touch with other financial services business leaders.
DO YOU PLAN MEETINGS OR ARE THEY A WASTE OF TIME?
As a senior management team, we have biweekly meetings, but try to avoid meeting fatigue. I’ll have regular catch-ups scheduled with my team and ensure I’m always available for a one-to-one if needed.
In terms of clients, we meeting regularly to discuss their financial planning and investment needs.
DO YOU HAVE A WORKING LUNCH OR IS IT GOOD TO TAKE A BREAK?
I always aim to take break and manage this most of the time! I’m a member of a yoga studio around the corner from the office so try to get a quick session in at lunchtime. We have a lovely kitchen area and encourage staff not to eat at their desks.
WHEN DOES YOUR WORKDAY FINISH?
It depends what I have on. I sometimes head out to a networking event in Brighton – I love getting to know other local businesses and feeling part of that community. I also enjoy meeting other B Corp business leaders who share our vision of business with a purpose beyond profit.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR THE NEXT DAY’S WORK?
I always know what I have coming up the next day and will put aside five to ten minutes at the end of the day to make a list for tomorrow.
HOW DO YOU SWITCH OFF?
Outside of work, I enjoy catching up with friends, live music, exercise and making the most of the South Downs.
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU RECEIVED?
‘Measure twice, cut once’