Alastair Trivett, Global Managing Director, BSI Product Services
If I’m to beat the traffic, I need to leave my house at 6:30am or before. If I leave at 6:30, I get in about 7:30, unless there’s a problem. I will leave the office somewhere between 5:00–6:00pm, getting home around 7:00pm. It’s not often I have to work late in the office, as our HQ is in the UK and there is no time difference. Previously, I worked at GE Healthcare where, because of the time difference with HQ, I’d sometimes have conference calls at 7:00 or 8:00 o’clock at night.
I have all my meetings scheduled for next year. I pick the meetings I need to go to at group level and put them into my diary. I feed them down to my staff, so come January 1, everybody knows where they should be and what gaps they have. Otherwise I could get up in the morning and think, “Well, what will I do today?” A person can easily get lost in a business like this. I could go down and spend all my time in the labs looking at the new crash helmet test data, thinking this is really cool. I’ve got to keep focused and get things done.
The major meetings are in my diary, and my diary’s open to my team so they can schedule what they need from me. I will block out weeks for my foreign trips — saying that I’m going to Asia or I’m going to America to see the teams there. Generally, once or twice a quarter, I’ll block out a week and say that I’m going away somewhere. I may not have anything planned at that point, but I’ve got to block the week; otherwise, it gets filled.