The alarm clock rings. Yes, it’s really early, but I made a promise to myself to drag myself out of bed and get some exercise.
The weekly exercise session at Humlegården begins and there are surprisingly many FCG employees who’ve arrived there. Burpees at 7 am - good work!
Finished with my exercise and am enjoying a shared breakfast at the office. We brew a new pot of coffee, throw a few croissants in the oven, and set out yogurt, cereal, and other yummy stuff.
I settle down at my computer with coffee number two and check out the first few e-mails. Among other things, there’s a client who wants a brief meeting over the phone at lunch, which should work out fine. I’m also reading over the informational e-mail about this fall’s kick-off event and then sit down and finish writing a report for a company’s Board of Directors. As the officer in charge of risk management for an investment firm, each quarter I need to submit a report on the risks that exist in the company to the CEO and board members.
Meet up with seven new employees who’ve just finished their introductions and office tours. We head off for a group lunch at our favorite restaurant around the corner, and they talk about their intros and their first impressions of FCG.
Back from lunch and have a meeting to analyze a client’s employee compensation model. There are a lot of rules to keep track of, and the compensation needs to be attractive to the employees while at the same time complying with any existing regulatory requirements. It can be a tough row to hoe, so you need to be both innovative and pragmatic.
Planning a seminar FCG will be holding in a few days, where a few co-workers and I will discuss the new rules for payment services and how we see them affecting PSPs, banks, and the financial market as a whole.
Enjoy a coffee in the kitchen and check in with the team’s new associate. He’s sitting down installing phones and computers and trying to get all his ducks in a row.
I look over the agenda for reviewing a client’s information security system. We decide that we’ll start by inspecting the client’s IT policy and business continuity plan, then we’ll conduct an interview with the company’s IT manager. It will be exciting to see the end results. We’ll need to write an assessment report and send it to the CEO and Board of Directors. They showed a lot of interest in the issue before when the company was exposed to several hacking attempts and fraud episodes.
Am interrupted by the phone ringing. It’s a potential client who tells me they’re starting up a new payment service and are wondering what they should be thinking of before they get started. Can FCG provide a little advice along the way? We talk a little and I inform them how FCG works with various fintech companies when they start up their activities. The conversation ends with us scheduling a coffee meeting next week so we can take things from there.
Walk out to the kitchen and hang out with several co-workers who’ve arranged an impromptu after-hours meeting to celebrate a new project. Nice to hear a little about the new insurance risk project even though it’s not at all related to what I work with. It’s highly technical and math-oriented, so must admit that I didn’t get everything they said.
End the day by planning upcoming strategy days. Among other things, we’ll hold a workshop with everyone in the business unit, where we’ll discuss how to maintain the high level of job satisfaction and how we can develop and streamline our outsourcing services as well as set goals for the coming fiscal year.
Shut down my computer and take off for dinner with a few good friends.