These leaders are changing our world for the better. 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.
Before starting Thriva in 2015, Grierson rose up through the ranks at Travelex, the foreign exchange firm, where he started as the head of its business accelerator for startups and eventually became head of international payments.
An international politics graduate of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, he started Thriva because he believes “people are just not being empowered to manage their own health.”
Along with co-founders Tom Livesey and Eliot Brooks they envision a world where people can take control of their own health, rather than always relying on trips to the doctor.
A busy man, with big ideas, The Memo asked him how he gets it all done…
6am. I have a 2-year-old son and wife who’s a real early bird which helps! 🙂
I’m a firm believer in “win the morning, win the day” (rip off phrase – sorry), but there are a few things I try to do.
Every other day I’ll do some strength exercises on the floor at the end of my bed. Pushups, situps and I have a door frame bar for some pull-ups.
Reading stories with my son is also key, it reminds me of what’s important in life.
It might sound a little off the wall, but I have a cold shower every morning. I started it in January of this year and I’m now totally addicted – check out Wim Hof if you’re interested in the merits of cold exposure.
My motorbike ride to work is always fun. And when I get to work I have a mushroom coffee most days (from Foursigmatic).
Finally, I’ve started to try to get in the habit of journaling before I open my phone/computer. It feels like it helps me stay focused and avoid being reactive.
I tend to prefer my notepad I have to confess, but I do use Calendly to avoid the organising back and forth. And I’m trialling an email and Slack blackout, only checking them at 10am and 4pm during the day.
We’ll see how that goes!
An iPhone 6S 64GB in Space Grey.
If I’m fundraising it’s largely investors and I could meet anywhere from 2 to 10.
Other than that it’s largely potential partners or meetings with team members at Thriva.
Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss.
Don’t be put off if you’re not a doctor..!
2 to 3 days a week I’ll try to get home in time for bath time with my son, which means I’ll leave the office by 6pm.
And after dinner with my wife I’ll get back to [work] until 10–11pm if I’ve specific things to accomplish.
If I have events on in the evening I’m usually home by 10.30pm and generally try to get to bed before 11.30pm.
— Claudia Fratangeli (@Clappy_) January 10, 2017
I’d want to ask Elon Musk:
How do you think about creating the best possible environment for children, so that they grow up with the perspective to see how the world could be and the courage to believe they can make real ‘zero to one’ innovation?