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 Cindy Gallop to Lauren Armes and Sally Gunnell, these smart people seem to get an incredible amount done, in an impossibly short space of time.
This morning we’re talking to Bonny Hall who is undoubtedly a productivity guru.
Bonny Hall has been at British sex toy retailer Lovehoney for over a decade, and it’s fair to say her days are jam-packed.
As product and innovation Director she oversees the creation of new products, managing the teams who deal with product development, and buying stock.
Not only does she travel the world checking out brand new sex toys, but it’s her business to make sure they get safely into your bedroom.
A busy woman, with big ideas, The Memo asked Hall how she gets it all done.
On the perfect day I get up at 7:00am and fit in a 20 minute HITT session in my home gym before work. I’ll put a YouTube training video on the iPad and get it over and done with.
No excuses! It’s the perfect way to set you up for the day.
An iPhone 6 in Space Grey with 16GB of storage.
I keep my organisation and planning pretty simple. I use Google Calendar to manage my diary and this is synced with my phone as this is run across the company.
I use Google Docs to manage a lot of my projects as it’s so easy for us all to access and update information. I find myself deleting apps on my phone to make way for more pictures.
I travel a lot and I love photography, so I’m a big instagrammer.
Everyday I meet with my product development team to go through our projects. There are six of us in the team and we’re currently working in a small office space together.
I also meet most days with the other Directors at Lovehoney. At this time of the year we’re working on the company strategy for the next Financial Year so lots to plan.
Plus it’s Valentine’s…and as you can imagine a very hectic time.
This may sound a little geeky but while I was working in Hong Kong recently I picked up a book called New Packaging.
I’m interested in design-led books and I find it useful to sometimes look outside of the adult industry for inspiration.
We work on our own brand development here at Lovehoney and inspiration continually pops up in places you never expect.
My advice would be be prepared to work hard. Often people will assume that because we are working with sex toys that it’s not real work and it’s more fun than graft.
Yes, we laugh and have fun but at the same time we’re a serious business, making serious money and employing a lot of people and we all want to be the best that we can be. I’ve seen people come and go in the industry who haven’t been able to cope with the pressures.
The other thing is that it’s ‘nice to be nice.’ You never know in this industry when a competitor may become a customer or even a colleague.
A lot of people change roles and move companies and relationship building is very important.
I’m in the office most evenings until 6pm. I try not to work at home in the evenings unless I have a specific project or deadline.
To wind down I take the dogs for a long muddy walk or read a book in front of the fire. I’m generally quite healthy during the week so when Friday rolls around I wind down with a glass of wine as a well-earned treat.
I wouldn’t say I have just one idol. I have a lot of respect for women who make it in a traditionally man’s world.
I travel a lot for my job, and come into contact with very inspirational women who are managing huge teams, or creating the most inspiring products making thousands of couples happy all over the world everyday.
I think I’d like to ask them-working in the global, fast-moving industry that we do, how they juggle their work/life balance.