In the recent years, many people have come up to me and probed me about the things that make my day more productive. They usually ask what different approaches have I adopted to help me execute successful strategies for the bank all this time. I always share my simple yet effective mantra with everyone, which is planning out a compact routine for the entire week and trying my best to work around it.
As the CEO of this constantly growing organization I play various roles, all at one time. From keeping investors happy to designing short and long term strategies, every task that comes my way needs to be handled with utmost attentiveness and a visionary’s confidence.
It is unimaginable for me to waste a single minute on unfruitful exercises. Valuing time is something which we are coached right about from school and I have certainly realized its importance in life. I have trained myself to wake up early in the morning as I believe that there exists a huge correlation between success and rising early. From waking up in the morning to getting to bed at night I break up my days not into hours but minutes. Every minute matters, as you can squeeze various important tasks into 5 or 10 minutes slots. It could be a 5 minute nap, a 10 minute quick snack or taking out 15 productive minutes to spend time with employees individually and understand them better. As the CEO, I feel it is my devoir to know every member of my team personally and understand each one’s strengths and weaknesses.
The most controlled part of my routine, I believe, is waking up early. To fit everything in a single day it is imperative begin early. An early rise also gives me an occasional opportunity to enumerate an extra task in my daily planner which highly adds to my productivity.
Starting the day with exercising and some meditation to energize myself has been a part of my routine for years now and has now become my passion. Physical activity adds to your productivity by increasing alertness and energy throughout the day. I am sure most of you know that exercising increases the blood flow to brain which is highly beneficial for mental performance. Being bankers we work in real time and cannot afford to have any kind of negligence in our processes. It is also a necessity in our industry to be well updated about the financial situations around the globe. With so much to be information to be processed every day, mental alertness is a prerequisite for our job.
A central part of my morning routine is spending breakfast time with my family; it encourages healthy and inspiring discussions. It instills a positive vibe which I carry with me throughout the day. We talk about our schedules, important activities for the day, catch up with things going around and also discuss any upcoming events at home which need immediate attention.
Reaching work on time is another part of my daily timetable. A timely start helps me follow my action plan effectively. Of course being the CEO of a huge organization like ours, I always need to keep space for unexpected matters that may require my immediate attention. Banking industry works in real time as all the transactions and activities follow a specific process. All our employees put commendable efforts in their work to stay at the top of their game and deliver before the specific timelines.
My standard day mostly revolves around interacting and networking with employees and clients. Understanding customer expectations and engaging our employees to get the best possible results is an indispensable everyday task for our bank. I always make sure that I am personally involved with the various ongoing projects that we carry as a commercial bank. Be it marketing/ promotions or operations related activities, Diamond Bank makes sure that we deliver best possible results for all the tasks at hand.
A day at work is filled with so many processes running together; both inwards and outwards. Employees engage among themselves and coordinate with me for various tasks. There is continuous interaction with both internal and external clients, to carry out the daily activities.
As the CEO, I would say effectiveness as a professional is what stabilizes my corporate role. I have different blocks of focus throughout my day and I try to make sure that I work equally across all the areas to ensure the overall progress of my organization.
However, at times, I also come across situations that do not need my personal attention but are brought up to my notice. In all these situations I make sure that I work in accordance with my priorities and pick up tasks that are important for seamless operation of the bank.
We mostly work during the specified working hours as we care about the work life balance of our employees. However, sometimes there are urgent matters to be discussed. In such scenarios we extend the day to a working dinner with the team where we discuss the engagements for the following day or week. I feel it’s a more relaxed way to connect with the team members as it breaks the regular office monotony and gives everyone a chance to communicate at an informal level. In all, I feel really charged with all the action that happens throughout the week and I am a happy CEO when I see my team outperform themselves every single day.