Name: Louise Bulman
Job title: Vice President & General Manager, EMEA
Location: Reading, UK
Years’ experience: 25 plus years
1. What time do you reach the office each day?
2. Is your job varied?
Yes from one day to the next, you are engaged in many different activities from meeting customers and partners to planning for projects and working out the steps in order to achieve deadlines.
3. Is your job creative?
Absolutely. There is a requirement to think outside of the box on a daily basis.
4. What do you spend the majority of your time doing?
Most of the time I am in meetings with customers and partners or in internal meetings with either my team or with the leadership team.
5. Do you personalise your desk?
To an extent I personalise my desk by putting things that I use most often, but I do not have personal photos on my desk.
6. Would you describe yourself as creative?
Yes, I think you have to be creative in today’s business world. You need to find new and sometimes novel ways to solve problems.
7. Do you have any quirky daily rituals?
Not really. I think in order to be successful you need to be flexible as you don’t know what each day will bring.
8. Do you tend to work on your own or with colleagues?
There are times when I work on my own, but I am a firm believer in the power of teamwork – each member of a team has a different skillset they can bring to the table.
9. How many hours on average do you work a day?
About 12 hours a day
10. Roughly how much time do you spend each day on email?
3 hours Taking calls? 2 hours In meetings? 6 hours
11. Do you use social media much for work?
I only use LinkedIn and Facebook when checking prospective employees.
12. What do you enjoy most about your work?
The variety and the people
13. What type of music (if any) do you listen to at work?
14. What do you do for lunch?
I normally grab a sandwich and eat at my desk and carry on with my work.
15. Do you socialise with work colleagues?
On rare occasions
16. Are there any tasks (through your career) you’ve been especially glad to get rid of?
17. What is your last task of your day?
Checking my diary to see what I have planned for the following day.
18. How do you like to relax after work?
I normally cook and then watch some television before retiring to bed.
19. Do you keep checking email through the evening?
Yes, in my job, you need to be on call to tackle any emergency situations with customers.
20. Do you take work projects home with you?
Yes, sometimes I will work from home in order to avoid distractions and complete a task.
21. What would you say to your 20-year old self?
There is always a solution to any problem. You just need to dig deep, ask people around you, keep focused and you will find a way forwards.
22. If you could try out any job for a day, what would you choose?
I would like to be Jeremy Clarkson for a day, driving cars around a race track.
23. What device did you use to answer these questions?
My desktop computer
24. Do you use your own personal device for work?
Yes, I use both my I Phone and my iPad.
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