Typical 24: Joshua DeLung, Senior Director, Communication Services, ENC Strategy

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…

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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Joshua DeLung

  Job title: Senior Director, Communication Services

  Company: ENC Strategy

  Location: Mclean, Va., and Washington, D.C.

  Years’ experience: 11


What time do you reach the office each day?
It depends on the day. Never later than 8:30 a.m., but on days when I work in our D.C. office, I usually arrive by 6:30 a.m. to beat traffic because I drive in from Loudoun County, Va.


Is your job varied?
I would need more definition around this, but generally, I would say yes — I have many responsibilities. I manage account teams. I contribute as a strategist or copywriter. I serve in an HR function by writing job descriptions, interviewing and hiring team members. And I also serve in a business development role, meeting with partners and prospects and leading government proposal development efforts.


Is your job creative?
Not in the traditional sense. I get to do some copywriting from time to time, and I review and approve graphics, videos, etc. But I’m not primarily involved in coming up with the creative angle to a lot of those things. However, my job requires a lot of creativity in how I design plans or interact with various people involved with a project on the employee, partner and clients sides. Finding creative ways to influence people and solve problems are what a lot of my job boils down to.


What do you spend the majority of your time doing?
Business development.


Do you personalise your desk?
Somewhat. I’m actually very rarely at my desk, so I sort of stopped adding things to it about a year ago.


Would you describe yourself as creative?
I think others would, but because they have seen how I devise solutions to problems. But I have never really been able to think of myself as creative, even when I write things from scratch, whether fiction or not. I guess there’s creativity there, but it’s really just me putting on paper what I think or feel. To me, truly creative people are the ones who can make us feel things through their work, and that takes a lot of power in the work. I can influence or inform through my work, but I always admire the truly creative people who can look at a creative brief and design a compelling ad or infographic from scratch. I know it’s not the definition per se, but creativity always has had a very visual element to me. It’s about seeing something that makes me think in a different way.


Do you have any quirky daily rituals?
Not really. I try to play video games every day for at least an hour, but I don’t always have the time if I want to stay well-rested.


Do you tend to work on your own or with colleagues?
I’ve always preferred working alone, but I collaborate a lot in my position. I can go either way just fine because I’m a bit of an ambivert. I’d say it’s 50/50.


How many hours on average do you work a day?
About 10.


Roughly how much time do you spend each day on email? Taking calls? In meetings?
Email: 35%
Calls: 5%
Meetings: 15%


Do you use social media much for work?
My company and my teams do; but I am typically no longer involved in day-to-day social media execution for our company and clients. I do use social media at work occasionally if there’s time for a mental break; but there’s rarely time to do so.


What do you enjoy most about your work?
The challenges and problem solving that need to occur daily; I enjoy when life is a series of interesting decisions to make.


What type of music (if any) do you listen to at work?
None, unless someone is playing it over their speakers. I tend to need to interact with my teams too often to be blocking everyone out.


What do you do for lunch?
I either bring something small, like a granola bar, or if I do get a full lunch it’s because I buy it, but that’s probably one, maybe two, days a week. I’m really bad about not packing my lunch when I really should. But it’s extra time in the mornings I could use for something else, and I sometimes don’t know where I’m going to be for lunch because I bounce around to various client and partner sites. As far as taking a lunch break out somewhere or in a break room, never happens. Whatever I do eat, it’s always in the car on the go or at my desk.


Do you socialise with work colleagues?
I used to quite a bit. But I work so much now that I’m really ready for that separation when I can get it for the most part. I really enjoy the people I work with, but when you’ve been at the office for 8-12 hours, you’re really ready to just go home and read a good book, veg out to some TV or video games or have a non-work conversation with a friend or spouse.


Are there any tasks (through your career) you’ve been especially glad to get rid of?
I think that’s the case for anyone. I think everyone probably always has one or two tasks they’d rather not have, but few are probably lucky enough to offload them all.


What is your last task of your day?
Submitting my timesheet.


How do you like to relax after work?
Video games, books, Netflix, food.


Do you keep checking email through the evening?
Yes, usually every couple of hours on my phone.


Do you take work projects home with you?
Pretty much every day.


What would you say to your 20-year old self?
Not much. I think part of the fun in life is the adventuring of figuring all of this out. I think there are more personal things I would convey related to how to live my life than career-oriented things.


If you could try out any job for a day, what would you choose?
Video games journalist or PR person for a video games developer.


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

Do you use your own personal device for work?
Yes, I take a lot of work calls and do work email on my personal iPhone.

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