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 John Lamphiere – Regional Vice President at ActiveCampaign about his working day.
What time do you usually wake up?
I have always been an early riser and as a result rarely set an alarm, typically I wake up about 6am.
What do you typically have for breakfast?
Either Oatmeal or Alpen and a strong coffee.
What’s the rest of your morning routine before you start work?
Three days a week I do an hour to an hour and a half cycle. Through the winter I use a nordic track bike at home but when the mornings are brighter I take my road bike out.
First thing you do at the start of a workday?
Check my meeting schedule for the day ahead and go through e-mail, slack messages and notifications that have come in over night from the US and APAC teams.
How do you prioritise your work?
I always try to prioritise the areas that will be most impactful to advance our business. When I look at the week ahead I always set a number of objectives that I want to complete throughout the week and prioritise the work to achieve these.
Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?
As I work across the US, EMEA and APAC, meetings are vitally important for planning and gaining alignment. However when I do plan meetings I always state the desired outcome for the meeting to avoid meeting for meetings sake.
Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?
I typically work while eating lunch but I do believe it is extremely important to take short breaks throughout the day especially as I work from home during the pandemic. I schedule 15 minutes every 2 hours in my calendar where I leave my home office and take a quick walk.
When does your working day finish?
I work across many different time zones so I have to schedule my week to accommodate these. One evening a week I will work later so I can connect with the US and two mornings a week I begin at 6.30 AM to work with the APAC teams. The rest of the days I try to finish at about 6PM.
How do you prepare for your next day’s work?
I tend to have a quick scan of what’s ahead of me for the next day, mostly to make sure I have any preparation or pre reading done, this allows me to be as impactful as I can throughout the next day.
What’s your favourite piece of technology?
Has to be my iPhone, it has become the centre of everything I do in both my professional and personal life.
How do you switch off?
Working from home has forced me to become much better at compartmentalising my work life balance. When I am working I am completely focused on it but when I shut my laptop I don’t take work with me I focus on my personal life and interests. Anything outdoor, cycling, hiking or skiing completely rejuvenates me.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Always be your authentic self in everything you do and never settle.