My Working Day – Patrick Johnson – CEO of Hybrid Theory

Steve Carrod

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 Patrick Johnson, CEO of global digital services partner Hybrid Theory, about his working day. 

What time do you usually wake up?

Around 6am. I’m an early riser and I try to get some exercise to start the day. 

What do you typically have for breakfast?

It varies from day to day but is generally fairly healthy, perhaps muesli and yoghurt or avocado on toast. We eat as a family so pancakes can sometime make it onto the menu. 

What is the rest of your morning routine?

Before lockdown I had an hour’s commute in each direction but now I have a satellite office near home so I can walk one of my kids to school every morning, which is fantastic. 

What is the first thing you do at the start of your working day?

As an international business we work through time zones. At the end of the day I hand over to teams in other regions to keep things moving, so first thing in the morning I’ll take in anything received from the US overnight, then anything coming from Asia in real time. Then I’ll move onto European priorities and back to the US again later in the day. 

How do you prioritise your day’s work?

As a CEO you never quite know what’s coming your way, but I try to prioritise based on what will make the biggest impact, enabling others to make progress without me being a roadblock. 

Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?

I believe in the power of idea sharing and collaboration within meeting environments, but meetings are only beneficial when they have a real purpose. 

Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?

I used to use lunch to catch up with team members or clients, but I’ve started working through more than I should during lockdown. I’m trying to change that and get outside instead. 

When does your working day finish?

Usually on the walk home when I’ll make some quick calls. That might mean checking in with our US operations or sorting out last minute queries. We’re growing extremely fast so there’s always something going on. 

How do you prepare for the next day’s work?

Rather than preparing for the next day, I’m usually thinking three to five days ahead. I don’t like being last minute, so I won’t usually be working on something the night before it’s needed. 

What’s your favourite piece of technology?

It has to be a Ryobi One+. I’m a big fan of DIY and I like to build things both in and out of the office. With a single battery power pack that works with multiple pieces of equipment, it’s good for the environment and allows me to switch between lots of different tools. 

How do you switch off?

It’s a combination of family, friends and travel. As a family we love to travel and we’re lucky to have friends and relations all over the world, so meeting up in another country – when possible – is the best way to switch off.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Work smarter, not harder. I like working with people who think their way cleverly through a problem and get the job done, rather than those who just grind it out from nine to five.