Close-Up: 24 Hours with ... Dave King, Executive director, Telegraph Group

Name: Dave King Job: Executive director, Telegraph Group Professional mission: It's all about culture (people) and strategy Personal mantra: There is no argument equal to a happy smile

6.14am Usually already awake, but this is the time the alarm is set.

6.15am Downstairs for cup of tea and copy of first edition of The Daily Telegraph. Flick through main paper with commercial hat on, then business and sport. Then set about reading it in reverse order.

6.45am Interrupted by youngest calling for mum (occasionally dad, I feel elated when this happens - soppy, I know).

6.50am Deliver Earl Grey tea to Amanda and milk to Alfie and Poppy.

6.55am-7.05am Ten minutes back downstairs on own. Collect milk (know milkman by first name via these cameo moments and he laughs at me when I am running at 6.00am twice a week).

7.11am Board train at village station with Telegraph and bottle of mineral water. Great thinking time.

8.30am Arrive at office with a list of things to do and new ideas in my head. Wander round and talk to those already at work. I am an advocate of MBWA (management by walkabout), if done sincerely.

9.00am War cabinet. Priorities of week discussed and plan of action agreed with my key management team (strive for a healthy balance of serious and humorous).

10.00am E-mails/phone calls/letters.

10.30am Executive meeting. Great biscuits and serious stuff. Adrenaline kicks in.

11.15am Check KPIs - are we still winning?

11.30am Phone/e-mail/write to customers and colleagues. Customer service is fundamental.

12.15pm Depart for lunch appointment with important but interesting customer. Today it's the Ritz (colloquially, our canteen - our proprietors also own the Ritz).

3.00pm Agency meeting. Usually stimulating. We are in this together.

4.30pm One-to-one with a member of management team. It's all about great people being motivated and blended into a winning team.

5.30pm Write this piece.

6.00pm Pop round to see Murdoch. Quick exchange, again blend of serious and fun.

6.40pm Train home with paper or magazine.

7.12pm Breathe countryside air.

7.15pm One child still awake (sometimes two).

7.20pm Supper, a well-earned drink and chat, TV, sleep.


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