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 Pierluigi Galassetti – Managing Director of Driverso about his working day.
What time do you wake up and why?
I’m an early-riser, my alarm is set for 6.30 AM. I like to give myself the time to enjoy a good breakfast with my wife and our children. I can’t start a working day efficiently if it doesn’t start with my family around, talking about everyone’s challenges for the day.
What do you usually have for breakfast?
As most Italians do, I prefer a light breakfast. A good cup of slowly prepared moka-pot coffee and a couple of biscuits is the best way to start the day. Of course, I would never turn down a slice of fruit tart when my wife makes it.
What’s your morning routine before work?
Breakfast – a quick glance at newspapers – a shower and then I’m ready for my 40 to 50 min commute (traffic-dependant) to get to Driverso’s head office in Rome’s city centre.
What’s the first thing you do to start your working day?
I check the main indicators of our business (bookings, number of visitors, bookings’ value, overall performance etc.). I read my emails and resume the open tasks. Then I get my second coffee of the day.
How do you prioritise your day’s work?
Provided there are no urgent tasks to tackle (a car supplier who needs support with our platform, for instance) I give priority to the open tasks from the day before and check the progress with the marketing, sales and customer care teams with a quick stand-up meeting, no longer than 20 minutes. This is to ensure we’re all clear on priorities for the day.
Do you plan meetings or is that a waste of time?
I tend to limit the number of meetings I organise, unless crucial. I’m more than convinced that 80% of meetings are redundant. Spending working time discussing how to use our working time is not intelligent or efficient. A stand-up meeting in the morning is generally enough, unless there are specific company needs that require a meeting. These meetings belong to that remaining 20%.
Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?
Most of the time I have a quick break in our relaxation area at the office, however as we are so lucky to work in Rome’s city centre, sometimes I can’t resist taking a longer break in one of the typical Italian restaurants around Ponte Milvio or walking alongside the river, especially in the springtime when Rome shows all of its magic.
When does your day finish?
I like to be as efficient as possible and leave around 7pm unless there’s anything that can’t wait until tomorrow.
How do you prepare the next day’s work?
We tend to plan our work on weekly or biweekly sprints, therefore everybody knows what needs to be done in advance. Having an all-encompassing planning meeting on the mid-term helps to allocate our efforts more efficiently and encourages people to be the owners of their working time. In order to prepare for tomorrow, be efficient today…
What’s your favourite piece of tech?
Everything related to Artificial Intelligence brings an extraordinary fascination to me. I’m really into it and I love to keep updated with all the latest developments in this field. My favourite piece of tech personally is my Amazon Echo device.
How do you switch off?
I love reading and watching A.I. documentaries. Plus, good Italian food, it’s a good solution to all.
Best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Working processes are useless if they leave no room for creativity and experimentation. If you’ve never been very good at following a process (even those recommended by your managers), then ditch it. It’s of no use if that process doesn’t bring results.