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 Neil Carberry – CEO of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, about his working day.
WHAT TIME DO YOU USUALLY WAKE UP?
WHAT DO YOU TYPICALLY HAVE FOR BREAKFAST?
On weekdays, some toast or fruit. I save the bacon rolls for before rugby on a Sunday!
WHAT IS THE REST OF YOUR MORNING ROUTINE BEFORE YOU START WORK?
I am the family’s “morning person” so waking the kids, starting breakfast for them and getting people rolling before I leave the house.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU DO AT THE START OF YOUR WORKING DAY?
I have a 60-minute train journey, so I have a clear hour of email and reading time on the way to work.
HOW DO YOU PRIORITIsE YOUR DAY’S WORK?
I start from the business plan. Where are there gaps or issues that need to be addressed? That comes first. Then catching up on anything the team needs from me and finding time to talk to members, as the REC is their organisation. Other issues always come behind these three.
DO YOU PLAN MEETINGS OR ARE THEY A WASTE OF TIME?
You can’t make a hard and fast rule, but I won’t do meetings without a clear agenda and clarity on what decisions need to be made.
DO YOU HAVE A WORKING LUNCH OR IS IT GOOD TO TAKE A BREAK?
Depends on the day. Most of the time lunch for me is a catch-up on things that affect the work of the REC – the latest industry or political news, for instance.
WHEN DOES YOUR WORKING DAY FINISH?
It’s pretty fluid. I tend to leave the office about 6 or 6:30pm, but will work on the way home. I always choose to get up early in the morning and work when I am fresh rather than stay up late. That said, free time in the evening is always when my best ideas arrive.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR THE NEXT DAY’S WORK?
The last thing I do every day is review the next day’s diary and any material I need, then sketch out key messages and outcomes I want to deliver.
FAVOURITE PIECE OF TECHNOLOGY?
My iPencil, which has made keeping on top of the to-do list much easier by getting it onto the iPad.
HOW DO YOU SWITCH OFF?
Cooking and sport. I coach a junior rugby team, and still play a little. I am a less regular spectator at rugby and football these days, but I make the effort when I can.
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED?
If you are always on task, you are never on strategy. Giving yourself the time to think strategically really matters.
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