Typical 24: John Zanni, Acronis

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…

[image_library_tag 7d50fb57-0ff5-49c9-aadb-27484294318b 129x172 alt="15-06-2015-john-zanni-acronis" title="15-06-2015-john-zanni-acronis" width="129" height="172"class="left "]
 John Zanni      

Job title: Senior Vice President Cloud and Hosting Sales at Acronis

Company: Acronis

Location: Boston, USA

Years’ experience: 34 years


1.    What time do you reach the office each day?
I usually arrive at 8am, although my work requires frequent travel so I only spend 20 per cent of my time in the office.



2.    Is your job varied?
Yes. My daily routine varies hugely, from customer interaction and account management, to setting the vision and direction of the business.



3.    Is your job creative?
Yes, my role is creative as my primary focus is to spearhead product development and innovation for Acronis. Creativity plays a key role as I not only need to take customer direction, but also ensure I have the right people and teams in place to design and develop market-leading products. 



4.    What do you spend the majority of your time doing?
The majority of my time is spent ensuring my team has the tools and decisions to progress the business. I work with incredibly skilled and experienced professionals, so I not only coach individuals to ensure they reach their personal goals, but facilitate and pave the way for progress.



5.    Do you personalise your desk?
No, I am a minimalist so enjoy clean, organised environments.



6.    Would you describe yourself as creative?
In a word, yes. Learning and exploring are in my heart and I have a passion for creation. When I’m not working, I, spend time creating imaginative and exciting dishes. I used to own and manage a French restaurant many years ago.



7.    Do you have any quirky daily rituals?
I always start the day with an iced-latte which I bring into the office if I can’t finish it at home for any reason. My colleagues will have witnessed me walking around with a cup of green tea too later in the day.
In regards to my working ritual, I always create a daily task list in OneNote, including both professional and personal appointments in one place to make sure I’m always on top of my day.



8.    Do you tend to work on your own or with colleagues?
I consider myself a highly collaborative person and believe the best way to get the most out of others as well as myself is to work closely with my colleagues.



9.    How many hours on average do you work a day?
It depends on what my day entails, but on average I work for ten hours a day. But I also usually put in a few hours every weekend. I like that time for reflection.



10.  Roughly how much time do you spend each day on email? Taking calls? In meetings?
It varies when I’m travelling compared to when I’m in the office of course, but on average I spend 30% of my time on email, 20% on calls and another 30% in meetings. The other 20% of my time is spent reflecting on how I can improve our business proposition.



11.  Do you use social media much for work?
Yes, social media is a great way to develop relationships with people and keep them going on a regular basis. I limit myself to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram though as using any more would be too difficult to keep up with.



12.  What do you enjoy most about your work?
One of my true passions is the ability to make something out of nothing and proving I can build a business from the ground up. I also love interacting with my colleagues at Acronis knowing we share a common goal.



13.  What type of music (if any) do you listen to at work?
I don’t tend to listen to music at work as it can prove distracting. However, at home my music tastes are quite varied, from relaxing music to house and top 40 tracks.



14.  What do you do for lunch?
This may be frowned upon but I don’t tend to have lunch at work, maybe a Granola bar to keep me going. I always make sure I eat an evening meal.
I like to relax and enjoy food when I eat which is why I often forgo lunch as it’s not a relaxed. Eating is an experience for me, so I’d rather take time over meals in a more relaxed setting.



15.  Do you socialise with work colleagues?
I do socialise with work colleagues, although not extensively. We organise social gatherings throughout the year and when traveling, go out for dinner.



16.  Are there any tasks (through your career) you’ve been especially glad to get rid of?
I am not sad to see the back of internally focused tasks with no material benefit to the business. For example, I loathed having to create alternative versions of a report because an executive didn’t like my format.



17.  What is your last task of your day?
My last task is usually ensuring I’ve responded to any critical emails and making sure I’m not blocking any colleagues from progressing with their work.



18.  How do you like to relax after work?
After work I enjoy relaxing with dinner and fine wine. I will then spend the evening going through any emails that come through, watch television and socialise with friends. I also make sure I find time to work out in the mornings whenever possible.



19.  Do you keep checking email through the evening?
Yes, I have a global role so it’s vital I’m available at all times.



20.  Do you take work projects home with you?
Yes, although these tend to be personal projects, such as analysis which requires quiet, uninterrupted time as this is much easier to complete at home than in the office.



21.  What would you say to your 20-year old self?
If I could go back and tell myself anything it would have to be, don’t try to do everything and only focus on those things that matter.



22.  If you could try out any job for a day, what would you choose?
You probably won’t have heard this response before but I’d like to be an Actuary. I’m maths orientated and love statistics so calculating probability of events excites me.



23.  What device did you use to answer these questions?
I used my phone.


245.  Do you use your own personal device for work?
No, my phone and laptop were provided by Acronis, although I use them for both professional and personal purposes.