As the leader of a company, you are there to set an example, to lead and inspire a team individuals to achieve a series of business goals. But, how do these business leaders go about their daily routine?
Business Leader spoke to Nick Earle – CEO of Eseye about his working day.
What time do you usually wake up?
Usually around 6.00am – we have a Labrador that wakes up at this time and wants to race upstairs for a cuddle!
What do you typically have for breakfast?
Muesli for fibre, blueberries because they are good for the brain and hot water and lemon for digestion.
What is the rest of your morning routine before you start work?
I’ve recently invested in a Peloton so I do a 45 minute session before breakfast. That’s 450 calories and about a pint of sweat – yuk, but you do feel good when you stop!
What is the first thing you do at the start of your working day?
Our technology powers Costa’s IoT enabled coffee machines so I grab a cup from the machine in our office first thing. I’m supporting our customer and my cravings at the same time.
How do you prioritise your day’s work?
Anything to do with a customer takes precedent. I’ve spent most of my career in sales – this gets drummed into you very early on.
Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?
I visualise writing our key objectives on a piece of ribbon, then cutting it into pieces and handing them out to each member of the team. Meetings are planned around their piece of ribbon. The key thing is to ensure that at the end of this I’m not holding a piece of ribbon.
Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?
If I’m awake, I’m working. My days in Silicon Valley taught me that. The last time I took a lunch break was back at school.
When does your working day finish?
The working day finishes when I close my eyes to go to sleep.
How do you prepare for the next day’s work?
I do my best thinking in the shower – no idea why but it’s always been that way.
Favourite piece of technology?
My Peloton and Netflix – I like things that work and disrupt established business models.
How do you switch off?
Most people don’t know that I’m a really keen gardener. We’re pretty much self-sufficient in fruit and vegetables during the summer month. My big ambition is to grow the perfect carrot!
Best piece of advice you’ve received?
Gardeners don’t change the world.
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