Typical 24: Eduard Meelhuysen, Bitglass

What do working professionals really do all day?

IDG Connect is looking to speak to IT, business and marketing professionals across the spectrum to discover more about their very different, typical working days…

 

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Name:
Eduard Meelhuysen

Job title: EMEA VP Sales

Company: Bitglass

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Years’ experience: 19 years

 

  1. What time do you reach the office each day?
    I start work at 7am. My office is at home so it’s a simple commute. Saying that, a lot of the time I start work at the airport or in a hotel room – I travel a lot for business.
  2. Is your job varied?
    Extremely. Each day is different. My job involves customer meetings, partner meetings, internal product meetings, travelling to different regions, marketing related sessions, interviewing candidates and so on.
  3. Is your job creative?
    In a sense, yes. You have to constantly think outside of the box to make sure we get the right solutions for our customers.
  4. What do you spend the majority of your time doing?
    Thinking about the next objective. That could be the growth of a region, how to secure a potential customer, solving the day’s conundrums etc.
  5. Do you personalise your desk?
    As I spend the majority of my time at hotels or at the kitchen table I don’t really have the chance!
  6. Would you describe yourself as creative?
    I’m not particularly creative – but I like having creative people around me. There are a lot of imaginative people in the company and it makes for great collaboration.
  7. Do you have any quirky daily rituals?
    I do like to have my latte every morning. When I can, I like to start my day with a run too. After that, the day is dictated by my schedule.
  8. Do you tend to work on your own or with colleagues?
    I prefer working with colleagues. Conversation, interaction, bouncing ideas off each other. I find it inspiring. But I can work well alone if needed.
  9. How many hours on average do you work a day?
    Roughly 10 to 12, but I don't count the hours. The Middle East is 3 hours ahead of me, and US West Coast is 9 hours behind me. I want to make sure we are always quick when answering a question, so I don’t really have any ‘starting’ or ‘finishing’ hours.
  10.  Roughly how much time do you spend each day on email? Taking calls? In meetings?
    For emails – 4 hours, calls – 2 hours, meetings – 4 hours.
  11. Do you use social media much for work?
    YES! It’s extremely important. You can easily and quickly reach a lot of people using social platforms.
  12. What do you enjoy most about your work?
    The interaction with so many people. I always learn from each person I meet and interact with, whether I’ve known them for years or just met, as well as making sure we meet customers demands.
  13. What type of music (if any) do you listen to at work?
    In the car traveling, mostly 80's and 90's music. Love U2, but modern dance music is really inspiring too.
  14. What do you do for lunch?
    It depends where I am – I’m not a fussy eater.
  15. Do you socialise with work colleagues?
    When traveling, we always do. As the team is not located in one place, we tend to meet in the region where the team resides.
  16. Are there any tasks (through your career) you’ve been especially glad to get rid of?
    The massive amount of reporting, and playing intricate political games. I am open, honest and like to say as it is. It’s the fastest way to solve problems!
  17. What is your last task of your day?
    Making sure all the outstanding tasks for that day are ticked off, and setting the alarm clock.
  18. How do you like to relax after work?
    I like to spend time with my children – but there never really is an “after work”. My run before work is quite therapeutic.
  19. Do you keep checking email through the evening?
    Yes! I need to. It’s always business hours somewhere in the world.
  20. Do you take work projects home with you?
    Well, as I work from home, I don’t really have a choice!
  21. What would you say to your 20-year old self?
    Don't be afraid of taking chances whilst you still can. With failure, one learns.
  22. If you could try out any job for a day, what would you choose?
    Undoubtedly I’d be a helicopter pilot on Maui. I’d love to fly tourists around and see the magnificent landscape of the Hawaiian Isles.
  23. What device did you use to answer these questions?
    MacBook Air
  24. Do you use your own personal device for work?
    Yes, next to a corporate owned device.