Typical 24: Marc Scibelli, Infor

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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Marc Scibelli

 Job title:  Chief Creative Officer

 Company:  Infor

 Location: New York, USA

 Years’ experience: 19



1.       What time do you reach the office each day?
Around 8:30am every day (my commute is over two hours each way).


2.       Is your job varied?
That’s an understatement—it spans from product design and team building to strategy sessions and whether our front lobby’s video wall is working effectively.

3.       Is your job creative?
Yes, by definition.

4.       What do you spend the majority of your time doing?
My mission at Infor every day is to help Infor create products with experiences people love. More specifically, I lead a team of talented Creatives focused on product experience design and strategy. I spend a lot of time articulating my own ideas and expounding on the ideas of those around me. Discovering a different approach to a problem or situation and often disrupting the status quo.

5.       Do you personalise your desk?
No. At Infor headquarters in New York City we have one large desk that the CEO, President, and Head of Development all sit around. It makes collaborating and decision making incredibly easy but it would probably be awkward to have a bobblehead doll and pictures of my dog in the middle.

6.       Would you describe yourself as creative?
My career has been centred around “being creative,” so yes, but I think more important than describing myself that way, is whether my colleagues see me that way, and I believe they do. As a Chief Creative Officer, by definition--you walk into a room and the expectations are that you’ll provide creative value, a new perspective on a product, a design, or just an idea. And maybe even a perspective different than the one you had last week. That kind of flexibility is certainly creative, and it can also be a lot of pressure.

7.       Do you have any quirky daily rituals?
Not really. I do buy an iced coffee every morning and then don’t take a sip until many minutes later for some reason.

8.       Do you tend to work on your own or with colleagues?
My job at Infor is entirely about collaboration; I can’t function without working effectively with colleagues. I’m alone for very short periods of any day. Writing these answers is probably the longest I’ve sat alone in a long time.

9.       How many hours on average do you work a day?
I’d say normally 10-11. There are a lot of peaks where that number will jump considerably.

10.   Roughly how much time do you spend each day on email? Taking calls? In meetings?
I spend probably one hour a day on email (more at night), maybe two hours on calls, and the rest of the time is meetings, but not always formalized meetings, much more what we call improvisational collaboration: discussions that happen fluidly out of a problem to solve.

11.   Do you use social media much for work?
We’ve created a social collaboration tool called Infor Ming.le that allows us to collaborate on projects. We use that quite a bit. And my team has a lot of fun with Instagram.

12.   What do you enjoy most about your work?
The energy required to do it well. The challenges I am asked to tackle are constantly changing and require different skills and for me to learn something entirely new. That’s exciting.

13.   What type of music (if any) do you listen to at work?
In the main areas of Hook & Loop we have a community music player that anyone can control. So I listen to whatever the person running it has decided to play, which can vary from Simon & Garfunkel to UK techno.

14.   What do you do for lunch?
Most days, I eat at my desk while talking to colleagues. If I’m lucky I get to take one of my teams to lunch.

15.   Do you socialise with work colleagues?
Yes. Infor senior management has a rule: “Don’t hire anyone you wouldn’t want to have dinner with,” and we have a lot of dinners.

16.   Are there any tasks (through your career) you’ve been especially glad to get rid of?
Printing. As a designer I remember constantly having to print and reprint things.

17.   What is your last task of your day?
Check my schedule for what tomorrow morning holds

18.   How do you like to relax after work?
It can be a pretty intense day-to-day—coming home to my wife, dog, and baby girl is pretty special. I have a boat and a few hours on the Long Island Sound is pretty amazing too.

19.   Do you keep checking email through the evening?
Yes, I want to make sure my colleagues or my team get a reply from me, even if the answer doesn’t come until the morning, I like to let them know I am listening or taking action.

20.   Do you take work projects home with you?
I used to a lot earlier in my career, but that’s really impossible now. If I’m challenged with a serious problem to solve, I will strategize at home—sketch and take notes and then bring that back to the office and go to work with my team on it.

21.   What would you say to your 20-year old self?
What you think will happen in the future for you—it’ll happen, but it’s going to take ten times the work to get there.

22.   If you could try out any job for a day, what would you choose?
Fisherman. I like boats but I don’t fish. It’s probably a rough gig to do every day, but you asked about “one day”…so why not go fishing.

23.   What device did you use to answer these questions?
A MacBook Air.

24.   Do you use your own personal device for work?
No. I used to always have a very decked out home computer, ready for some complex design work, but my job is much more about reading, answering, and collaborating. So I haven’t had a personal computer in a while.