It's Friday, so that means it's time for Peak Q&A.
Every Friday we feature someone in the Canadia tech, finance, or startup space doing something cool and pick their brain to get practical and actionable tips and advice for the rest of us.
What's one book that has taught you a lesson that you apply to your daily business life? What's that lesson?
Chris Spoke: Titan by Ron Chernow, which is one of the all-time great biographies. The lesson came from a JDR quote: "As soon as you can, get some one whom you can rely on, train him in the work, sit down, cock up your heels, and think out some way for the Standard Oil to make some money.”
Work hard, understand the role, delegate, and think of something else to do.
What evening and/or morning routines do you have that set you up for success?
CS: I'm most productive when l go to sleep early and wake up early. Nothing special beyond that. Gym first thing most mornings.
What are you involved in outside of your company? As in mentoring, boards, volunteering or other activities? How do you recommend others engage in activities outside of work and how do you give and get the most out of them?
CS: I'm the founder and lead organizer for a yimby (yes-in-my-backyard) organization in Toronto that advocates for increased housing supply. I think that this is an underrated issue in terms of importance, and think that we need to do more to ensure that Toronto is a city that's affordable and welcoming to all.
What advice do you have for students or young professionals who are trying to position themselves in a competitive job market. What can they do to make themselves stand out?
CS: Write and publish your thoughts online. Your resume tells me almost nothing. A longform essay on a topic you're passionate about can tell me a lot.
What's one app or another piece of technology that improves your productivity and you couldn't live without?
I like it so much that I'm getting a dedicated ipad for it.