These leaders are changing our world for the better. We find out how they get the job done.
There are a handful of business leaders and industry figures in Britain who are changing the world. From Lord Jim Knight to Anthony Fletcher and Jeff Lynn, these smart people seem to get an incredible amount done, in an impossibly short space of time.
This morning we’re talking to Jeremy Waite, IBM’s European evangelist, who is undoubtedly a productivity guru.
Waite has long been a marketing supremo in the tech space, having worked for Phones4U, social media specialist TPG, Adobe and Salesforce as head of their European digital strategy, Marketing Cloud.
Earlier this year he joined IBM as their strategic marketing evangelist for Europe.
Outside of work he recently published his second book, From Survival to Significance, and is working on his third, UBERNOMICS.
A busy man, with big ideas, The Memo asked Waite how he gets it all done.
Up at 6am. Quick spin on my bike around Richmond Park. Make coffee (V60 filter with bourbon infused beans from Gentleman Baristas).
More coffee. Desk by 8:30am.
Cycling keeps me productive in the morning. Whiskey helps in the evening.
I tried Evernote but prefer a notebook and a nice pen. (Tim Ferriss’s podcast is better than any app if you want to be more productive).
Space Grey 64GB iPhone 6 Plus.
Very hard to say. I have recently started work for a VERY large organisation so I meet a lot of new people each day.
Playing with some sweet tech today. Player command centres for NBA to help with drafts and competitive strategies pic.twitter.com/VWcSIDl0FL— Jeremy @ IBM ☁️ (@jeremywaite) July 20, 2016
My job also involves speaking to marketers at conferences, so that could be a pretty big number. I love meeting new people which is why I love Jeff Weiner’s (CEO LinkedIn) advice:
“The value of your network is greater than the value of the products or services that you provide”
For the last 2 years I have read 1 new book each week.
I can’t do audio books or kindles but had had some success learning to speed read. At the moment I am reading the brilliant Think Simple by Ken Segall.
For anyone who’s job includes trying to explain complicated things in a simple way, it’s essential reading. Best book I read last year was Zero-to-One by Peter Thiel.
Go and work for the best company, not the one that offers you the sexiest job title.
Early in my career I turned down a job at a brilliant ad agency, because I had the chance to be a “creative director” for the family business. The best companies recognise talent very quickly, so great people move up pretty fast.
I work US hours so I can be talking calls or emails until quite late.
Whenever possible I try to not look at a screen after 9pm as it stops me sleeping and read books instead. (There is science somewhere that shows how the white light from a mobile device, stops you sleeping because the screen stimulates your brain too much).