Boss It Like

How To Boss It Like… Chris Millington, MD at Doro UK

By Kitty Knowles 11 May 2017

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.

This morning we’re talking to Chris Millington, Managing Director at Doro UK and Ireland, who is undoubtedly a productivity guru…

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.

What time do you get up, and what part of your morning routine sets you up for the day?

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.

What smartphone do you have?

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.

What apps do you use to be more productive?

I mainly use Microsoft Office, Diary and Outlook to keep organised.

I’ll sometimes use Basecamp, which is a project management tool, and Slack can be a useful tool for various projects I’m working on.

Wunderlist played big role in organising Christmas this year.

How many people, outside of family, do you meet in a day?

I probably meet between 15 and 20 people a day. These are mainly my colleagues, as well as trade customers and various press contacts.

What book have you read, either recently or in the past, that has inspired you?

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.

What advice would you give for people who are eager to get into your industry?

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.

When do you work until? Are you still sending emails in the night? Or do you have a wind down routine?

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.

If you could ask your idol one question, who would it be, and what would you ask?

My biggest idol is John Lennon, and I’d like to ask him:

What really happened to make The Beatles split?

Come back next Thursday for our next #BossItLike interview, and get in touch if you know a leader who’s also a productivity guru for us to talk to.