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 Mike Campbell, CEO of Fusion Risk Management about his working day.
What time do you usually wake up?
6 AM sharp – 2 hours before the day starts on my calendar.
What do you typically have for breakfast?
I have a protein-fruit smoothie and coffee. Emphasis on the coffee.
What is the rest of your morning routine before you start work?
I do a Peloton routine every morning in my makeshift home gym – which consists of a Peloton.
Then I go through all the top news of the day. My two must-reads are Wall Street Journal and New York Times.
What is the first thing you do at the start of the workday?
I set the calendar, do any last-minute preparation necessary for customer meetings or board meetings, and then review anything that needs my urgent attention. If I have no breaks in my day (which I usually do not), I prepare for the entire calendar before the day begins. This way, I can make the most of every meeting. Preparation makes for better discussions and better outcomes.
How do you prioritise your work?
I build my day around the biggest opportunities and gravest threats. Then I make sure I have time for one-on-ones with my teams and prioritise their days. And I always leave a bit of room for the unexpected.
Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?
In today’s remote work world, every interaction is a scheduled one. (Even time off must be carefully scheduled!) It’s critical to plan for meetings to ensure they aren’t a waste of time.
I always make sure meetings are exactly as long as they need to be – but not a minute longer. I come to every meeting with an agenda and a clear set of objectives. And every meeting must always, always have tangible outcomes, a conclusion, or next steps. If they don’t, what was the point?
When does your working day finish?
When nobody will meet with me anymore.
How do you prepare for your next day’s work?
I have a meeting to prepare for the upcoming meetings. I meet with my incredible assistant ahead of the next day, and we ensure the right priorities are represented on my schedule. I prepare what I need to discuss with each team in each meeting, and outline expected outcomes for every interaction.
What is your favourite piece of technology?
My current favourite is my Oculus artificial reality headset. Beat Saber is my game of choice.
How do you switch off?
I slice artificial reality with light sabers.
Best piece of advice you have ever received?
The most significant element of success is ruthless prioritisation. There will always be activity and meetings and more that fill your time, but I ask myself about every activity, no matter how small: Does this drive my objectives? If so, how? Is this an important use of my time? Is there something that would be a better use of my time to align with the outcomes I want?
Your goals must always be top of mind. And everything you do should be a strategic next step to achieve them.