The April issue of Director magazine is out now. Editor Lysanne Currie previews what’s inside…
Steve Jobs once said: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
Director’s editorial team regularly return from meetings and photo shoots buzzing with enthusiasm about the passion and energy of the leaders they interview. Yet there’s one ingredient of success that all interviewees have in common, but that is not often credited – pure hard graft. Saatchi & Saatchi worldwide CEO Robert Senior sums it up nicely when he says “perspiration trumps inspiration”. Read how he learnt that the hard way – and a few other life lessons – on p36. One couple who deserve a medal for ‘perspiration’ are Gary and Carmen Lewis, who launched their pharmaceuticals firm in 1986 from a council flat with less than £3,000 – walking from customer to customer because they couldn’t afford a car. Turnover this year is set to be £54m.
But what we have also seen over the last few years is how the definition of ‘hard work’ itself seems to be changing, fuelled by 24/7 technology and an information overload. It’s now not just about hours put in, it’s more about the intensity of work during those times and in this issue we look at the different opportunities and challenges this brings.
Timewise co-founder Karen Mattison calls on UK plc to employ part-time execs (p23); we debate whether annual holiday should be mandatory (p29); and on p82 we look at the rising number of CEOs turning to high-adrenaline activity races to both switch off and boost their leadership skills.
It’s a fascinating time in which to live and work – we’re all having to learn to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, tech-led world across different territories, while at the same time learning to optimise and balance our individual capacities. I’d love to know how you do it.
I hope you enjoy the issue and have a great month.