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 Mumsnet’s Justine Roberts to Starling’s Anne Boden and Knomo’s Howard Harrison, these smart people seem to get an incredible amount done, in an impossibly short space of time.
Doro is the business on a mission to make mobile phones accessible to older people, and it wouldn’t be the leader it is today without Chris Millington.
The businessman began his career at Doro as a Sales Director in 2005, going on to spearhead Doro to become the biggest phone manufacturer for seniors in the UK (88% market share in 2016).
If this wasn’t enough, he balances this MD role with overseeing progress across the company’s Asia Pacific region.
Millington, who lives in Buckinghamshire with his five children, also recently bolstered his CV by taking up the role of Non Executive Director at new British mobile network, Anywhere Sim.
A busy man, with big ideas, The Memo asked him how he gets it all done.
I’m usually up just after 6am, I have a check of my emails and enjoy an early walk with my dog, Maggie, which I’ll do around 6:30am. During this time I’ll often work as I walk:
It’s a good time to talk to our New Zealand and Australian markets.
I can jump on a call with them and then head home by 7:30am before heading out for the day.
I have the Doro 8030 of course!
It helps me manage all the various aspects of my work. I also have a linked device so I can demonstrate the Connect & Care app: it’s a service that creates a support network for the user, making things like shopping online and communicating with friends or family a lot simpler.
I do of course use other devices from time to time to test and use the Doro Connect and Care app – changing them all the time to keep my knowledge up.
I mainly use Microsoft Office, Diary and Outlook to keep organised.
Wunderlist played big role in organising Christmas this year.
I probably meet between 15 and 20 people a day. These are mainly my colleagues, as well as trade customers and various press contacts.
I haven’t had the time to read a good book over the past two years. My five children tend to take up all my free time at home.
Never fear change.
This industry changes so quickly, you’ve just got to love it and embrace it. Don’t be surprised by it, it will happen and never say never.
I’m generally very busy in the week, obviously I work Monday to Friday, but my hours will usually be from 7:30am to 10pm.
I tend to work Sunday evenings too, from around 7pm to 10pm to prepare for Monday mornings.
My biggest idol is John Lennon, and I’d like to ask him:
What really happened to make The Beatles split?
Kitty Knowles is a Senior Features Writer at The Memo. Kitty previously worked as an online journalist for GQ. She can be found tweeting @KittyGKnowles.