My Working Day – Jon Butterfield – UK CEO of Talent

My Working Day

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 Jon Butterfield – UK CEO of Talent, about his working day.

WHAT TIME DO YOU USUALLY WAKE UP?

My alarm goes off at 6:00am and I get straight out of bed.

WHAT DO YOU TYPICALLY HAVE FOR BREAKFAST?

I don’t typically have breakfast at all! A café latte is all I need to get me going in the morning.

WHAT IS THE REST OF YOUR MORNING ROUTINE BEFORE YOU START WORK?

My morning routine is very simple – get up, shower, have my coffee, and head to work as soon as I’m ready. I prefer to wait until I actually get to the office to do work, so getting there early is key.

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU DO AT THE START OF YOuR WORKING DAY?

I go through my calendar and prioritise my tasks. I also read through emails from our teams in APAC and North America which have arrived overnight. Working as a global company, time zones can be a little demanding, so I make sure to take care of these emails as soon as possible.

HOW DO YOU PRIORITISE YOUR DAY’S WORK?

“Customer first, then staff.” It’s a simple mantra I can use to prioritise each task as they come – but it doesn’t mean I’m neglecting my team, obviously! I spend a lot of time making sure everyone is happy and working their best every day.

DO YOU PLAN MEETINGS OR ARE THEY A WASTE OF TIME?

Every meeting is planned – they’re only a waste of time if you don’t prepare for them. Sticking to a relevant, well-prepared agenda helps keep meetings short and to the point – which is what we all want.

DO YOU HAVE A WORKING LUNCH OR IS IT GOOD TO TAKE A BREAK? 

Almost always a working lunch – whether that’s going to a restaurant for a client meeting or eating at my desk. But breaks are important too! I just tend to take shorter ones throughout the day and power through the lunch hour, when the office is a little quieter.

WHEN DOES YOUR WORKING DAY FINISH?

Usually somewhere between 7:00 and 10:00 PM, depending on the workload that day.

HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR THE NEXT DAY’S WORK?

I just make sure my calendar is up to date – everything else can be done the next morning, which is when I tend to prepare for my day.

FAVOURITE PIECE OF TECHNOLOGY?

Has to be my iPhone.

HOW DO YOU SWITCH OFF?

I love cooking and fishing – they’re my escapes from work and allow me to switch off from a very demanding job. Plus, they complement each other nicely!

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED?

“You have two ears and one mouth, use them in that order.”

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