Someone’s got to run Maccies, right?
That someone is British born Steve Easterbrook, who has been the CEO of McDonalds since March 2015. A keen cricket player from boyhood, Easterbrook studied natural sciences at the University of Durham, Chad’s College.
He began his career as a trainee accountant at Price Waterhouse Cooper’s straight after graduation. His first role in chain restaurant industry was as a Manager at McDonalds in 1993 in London.
Nearly 20 years later, he left that role to become the CEO of PizzaExpress, and later, the CEO of Wagamama, but came back to working for McDonalds 2 years later. Before being CEO of McDonalds, Easterbrook had been head of UK and Northern Europe, as well as being Chief Brand Officer.
Easterbrook is a father of 3 children who are big fans of McDonalds (well, of course). He now lives in the USA and is a keen supporter of Watford FC.
When starting out as an accountant, I wonder if Steve ever had an inkling that he would one day become the leader of such an influential global brand?...
Are you just starting out in your career?
Where do you think you could be headed 10, 20, 30 years down the line?
These articles on the McDonalds website will tell you more about Steve Easterbrook and other members of the Executive team who lead the world-famous fast food chain. Enjoy!
I FINK you may have heard the name Black Rock mentioned in passing, maybe on the news, or flipping through the papers…
...BlackRock are the world’s biggest and most influential Asset Management company. In a nutshell, an Asset Management company manages the assets and funds of companies and wealthy individuals. They take over the decision making on areas such as the best places to invest and when. These decisions grow and diversify the investment portfolio of their clients, and ensure they get the best return possible for their money.
BlackRock is an American Investment/Asset Management bank that is based in New York, Wall Street. Currently, they manage a staggering 6.84 trillion dollars worth of assets.
Larry Finks has been working in the Investment Banking sector since his career started at First Boston. In 1988, he co-founded Blackrock, and became its CEO and director. At the time, they were part of a corporate group called the Blackstone group. He retained his positions and responsibilities throughout BlackRock’s split from Blackstone in 1994.
Fink has been married to his wife Lori for over 40 years. They have three children, including a son who became a CEO himself!
They own homes in Colorado and Manhattan.
Sometimes, when we are tired and swamped with life and activities and things that need to get done, things can look more scary and sinister than they actually are. This means that we can get stressed out when the tiniest things go wrong, and we can feel more out of control than we actually are, which then leads to panic, which then leads to chaos. And nobody wants that.
When this starts to become the way you see things, that’s probably a sign that you need to step aside, and start being more gentle with yourself. Journalling is great for this. Because your audience is just YOU, you can write whatever the heck you want, with absolutely zero filters. A brain dump is where you scribble everything down onto the page, completely raw and unedited, in no particular order. Just get it all out. When it’s all out, it’s easier to make sense of. When you keep your thoughts and worries pent up inside you, they are harder to control.
When you have finished your brain dump, and read it through, things may start to make a bit more sense, and will seem to be less scary and overwhelming than you had thought.
Work takes up most of our hours during the week. And for entrepreneurs, it can take up a lot more than the 9-5, especially if you are setting up something while holding down a job at the same time. Whichever situation you are in, it has its unique challenges.
By the time we finish, and battle through the commute, we are likely to be very tired, and not able to do much other than collapse in front of the TV. And weekends are often taken up with life admin, like paying bills, grocery shopping, cleaning, more so if you have a family. Burnout can creep up on us before we know it, with all the demands we are juggling, and we can forget to have interests and lose touch with ourselves.
When was the last time you took the time to do something for yourself, that doesn’t have anything to do with the bottom line? Sometimes, we can be afraid to let ourselves have fun because of some irrational fear that if we do, we will fall behind. But in actual fact, it’s the opposite! If you give yourself a break on a regular basis, and disconnect from work and the things that have to be done, you will come back to those things refreshed, with renewed energy, and better focus, making the quality of your work better - but most importantly, improving the quality of your life!
HR is one of the many aspects of running a start-up that require the input of knowledgeable people. We have Peach Law as one of our most valued and trusted professional partners to help you as you venture into the business world…
Peach Law are experts in the area of HR, and all of the legal aspects of hiring your first team members. As your business grows and needs more people, our amazing HR partners are here to help you get the most out of your new team!
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