My working day – Rob Straathof – CEO, Liberis

Financial Services | Interview | My Working Day

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 Rob Straathof, CEO of global financial institution, Liberis, about his working day.

WHAT TIME DO YOU USUALLY WAKE UP?

Depends when our nine month old son decides it’s time for us to wake up! This is normally between 5.30-6am, although every other week we wake up at 4.30am as my wife is traveling for work.

WHAT DO YOU TYPICALLY HAVE FOR BREAKFAST?

Yoghurt, fruit and nuts when at home, or avocado and egg on toast or salmon and eggs when out for business breakfasts.

WHAT IS THE REST OF YOUR MORNING ROUTINE BEFORE YOU START WORK?

First, change nappy and prep baby milk, and a coffee, all within the first 10 mins! Then ask Alexa for a weather and news flash.
I then switch on radio in the shower, start my working day around 7am or join a Heartcore class in Fulham on Tuesdays and Fridays.

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU DO AT THE START OF YOUR WORKING DAY?

Change my son’s nappy and have a much needed coffee!

HOW DO YOU PRIORITISE YOUR DAY’S WORK?

I always start the day before with a list of things I need to get done. From emails to clients, board comms or review of documents. I try to get these items done before 9am as I’m mostly in meetings up until 5pm.

DO YOU PLAN MEETINGS OR ARE THEY A WASTE OF TIME?

Face to face meetings are needed to keep team cohesion and communications. However, they need to have an agenda and a clearly stated purpose.

DO YOU HAVE A WORKING LUNCH OR IS IT GOOD TO TAKE A BREAK?

I always try to have a walk to grab lunch, even if it is for just 10 minutes. I try to avoid eating behind my desk or in meetings. The last thing anyone wants is a colleague munching away during an important presentation.

WHEN DOES YOUR WORKING DAY FINISH?

I try to be home by 6pm to bathe our son, but log back on around 8pm until 10pm most often. Sadly, both my wife and I are often found after dinner behind our laptops or on calls, though we keep the two hours in between religiously as family time.

HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR THE NEXT DAY’S WORK?

It starts on Sunday afternoon with a brief review of the week ahead to prepare. Each night I have a to do list for the next day.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE OF TECHNOLOGY?

Alexa! It controls my entire house, from lighting to floor and radiator heating to Sonos speakers, to our TV controls – everything is linked. Without it, our house stops working!

HOW DO YOU SWITCH OFF?

Reading, playing tennis and flying small planes. I’ve been flying since I was 17 years old, where I can escape earth for a few hours.

WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED?

You are the CEO of your own life – make conscious decisions about what is important to you and enjoy chasing those dreams. Also, don’t be afraid to reset your dreams when necessary.

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