Human Resources

Typical 24: David Manning, MIGSOLV

Name: David Manning

Job title: Managing Director

Company: MIGSOLV

Location: UK

Years’ experience:  25


  1. What time do you reach the office each day?
    I generally reach the office by 08:30 to miss the traffic and get a good start to the day ahead.
  2. Is your job varied?
    Yes, very! One minute it can be looking at the accounts, then meeting clients and partners, then deciding on our branding or website changes.
  3. Is your job creative?
    In many ways it is – trying to match the pace of change our customers face makes you creative and think outside the box to provide services that are relevant today.
  4. What do you spend the majority of your time doing?
    Working with our customers and prospects to ensure we’re delivering solutions that match their evolving business needs.
  5. Do you personalise your desk?
    Yes, I have pictures of my children on my desk and Secret Santa this year brought me a great arty picture of a bicycle (my sport).
  6. Would you describe yourself as creative?
    I’m not that visually creative – we have people in-house for that, but when I see what I like I don’t hesitate to say!
  7. Do you have any quirky daily rituals?
    Yes – I drink coffee until 12 and then tea after that. I also must always have clean shoes!
  8. Do you tend to work on your own or with colleagues?
    I find many tasks at MIGSLOLV benefit from a team approach - it’s not design by committee, but there’s a lot of good ideas I don’t want to miss out on.
  9. How many hours on average do you work a day?
    I’d say on average I work about 10 hours a day - a combination of time in the office, in the car and sometimes at home.
  10. Roughly how much time do you spend each day on email? Taking calls? In meetings?
    It’s hard to say as each day can be so different. I often spend a lot of time on email when travelling as it’s a good time to get all those little things out of the way and answered. The remainder of my time is spent in meetings, mainly with clients and on calls. I like phone calls: you’re able to convey exactly what you want in the tone you want, which is hard to do on email.
  11. Do you use social media much for work?
    Personally I don’t, but as a company yes, we do: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
  12. What do you enjoy most about your work?
    The variety of what we do and being able to deliver benefit to our customers.
  13. What type of music (if any) do you listen to at work?
    We do have a radio on at work but I’m not usually allowed to choose the music!
  14. What do you do for lunch?
    I tend to bring in lunch if it’s a day in the office - something like soup - although I’m always amazed what can be produced from an office microwave!
  15. Do you socialise with work colleagues?
    We don’t tend to as we are split across sites – that said, maybe we’ll start in 2017.
  16. Are there any tasks (through your career) you’ve been especially glad to get rid of?
    I was once a programme manager for an American bank building a new branch and trading floor in Russia – not a task I could get rid of, but one I was really glad to finish.
  17. What is your last task of your day?
    To write my ‘must do’ list for tomorrow.
  18. How do you like to relax after work?
    I spend as much time as family commitments allow riding and racing my bike.
  19. Do you keep checking email through the evening?
    Often yes I do, it’s a habit I guess…
  20. Do you take work projects home with you?
    I’ll often take things home and ask my wife - she’ll always be brutally honest!
  21. What would you say to your 20-year old self?
    Take a law degree – but in all seriousness, enjoy yourself in whatever you do.
  22. If you could try out any job for a day, what would you choose?
    I’d love to be a ski guide. Aside from cycling, I love skiing and you can’t beat a day in the mountains.
  23. What device did you use to answer these questions?
  24. Do you use your own personal device for work?
    No, I tend to keep work and personal devices separate.


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