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 Jenny Kilburn – Founder and Managing Director of Synergos Consultancy Ltd – about her working day.
What time do you usually wake up?
6am I am up and at it.
What do you typically have for breakfast?
Toast and fruit!
What’s the rest of your morning routine before you start work?
My day always starts with a morning walk, no matter what the weather. I walk between 4 and 5 miles a day and it really is my time to reflect, to be thankful and to plan.
First thing you do at the start of a workday?
I check my emails to make sure I haven’t missed anything important that I need to address.
How do you prioritise your work?
I have to do what is important which can sometimes be a conflict between client work and working on the business. I try to give just as much attention to each other. I’ll never let a client down, but at the same time, I don’t want to let my colleagues and family down either by not trying my hardest to grow the business.
Do you plan meetings, or are they a waste of time?
Meetings are important if they are structured, so yes I plan my meetings to ensure I get the best out of those who are attending them.
Do you have a working lunch, or is it good to take a break?
It’s good to take a break and I encourage this within my team. Unfortunately, I don’t often practice what I preach but I do try and take a lunch break when I can!
When does your working day finish?
Typically I work until about 6.30-7 pm, take a quick break for dinner and then back at my desk and try to finish for around 9 pm.
How do you prepare for your next day’s work?
I’m a lists person. I really need to know what I have planned so that I am prepared for the next day. I love to tick things of the list to feel accomplished.
What’s your favourite piece of technology?
I’m not sure I have a favourite… but I do typically have on my desk my PC, laptop, mobile phone and my iPad. Now if this was a software question, then I would say my two favourite pieces of software are Monday.com and Active Campaign. Both totally important to me to help run my business.
How do you switch off?
This is difficult because I never totally switch off. I’m always thinking about how I can improve our services for our clients and as a result grow the business. I do a lot of thinking which can drive my team crazy with the next new idea I have!
The best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Make a friend before you need one. A manager told me this many years before even thinking about starting a business and it has always stuck with me and served me well.