'Sometimes, the biggest challenge is to accept, re-adjust and go at it again'
Talking work and life with Nick Grassick, managing director, PH Real Estate
How do you typically start your workday?
Like everyone else, my daily routine has been in a state of flux recently. While we were all in the lockdown period, I found myself waking to Joe Wicks' workout with my six-year-old son. I have been comparing notes with my mother about when she was my age, how she would follow a similar routine, but hers was with Jane Fonda! Funny how things go full circle. More recently, I've been enjoying runs around the community - I've learnt to never take anything for granted. The daily ritual I cannot do without are my two coffees (not simultaneously) accompanied by the BBC Global News podcast.
In your workday, what is the one thing you cannot do without?
Before going to the office, coffee. The second is a quick daily review with the management team and the sales team. As a self-confessed control freak, I'm only able to relax and do what I need to do when everyone around me knows what they're intending to do. Of course, with the new social distancing measures, the nature of these reviews has changed. Zoom is my new best friend.
What advice would you give your younger self, if you could?
Relax and enjoy the ride; it'll all be ok in the end. And if it's not okay, it's not the end. This advice has never felt more apt than right now.
Who is your role model as the perfect professional?
I don't think anyone is the perfect professional, so I don't really have role models there. If I overhear something that impresses me, I'll use it; and if someone's actions have a positive impact, I'll try and emulate that too.
One skill you think every professional should have?
Perseverance. Regardless of how much you prepare and make contingencies, plans will not always work out in your favour. Sometimes, the biggest challenge is to accept, re-adjust and go at it again. I can't think of a better example than what we are living through. During these times, some companies will fare better than others. Coupled with flexibility to respond to challenges, you have to keep pushing to get through to the other side.
Your favourite indulgence when you need a break from work?
My son. Playing games with him and looking at things through the eyes of a six-year-old puts everything in perspective. Taking my lead from his incredible imagination, I really get the break from work I need.
Any tips on how to make the most of the workday?
Review your daily plan twice throughout the day. All too often, I will get to the end of the day and be carrying activities into the following day because I haven't 'ticked' them off. A five-minute refresh late morning and mid-afternoon allows you to re-prioritise.
Any advice for youngsters just getting into the professional arena?
Be a sponge. Listen to all advice and then watch if that advice actually works for that person before using it yourself. Focus on trying to do the best job you can, regardless of what that task is. The rewards and recognition will naturally follow if you simply do a good job.
- Staff reporter