Deanne Constantine is the founder and managing director of Blue Bateau, a global talent consultancy that operates exclusively for the advertising and marketing industry.
1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?
I am the founder of Blue Bateau, a global connections company that provides career and business opportunities exclusively for the advertising and marketing industry.
Prior to Blue Bateau, I worked in the Advertising Industry, in both Australia and New York, leading some of the world’s most creative and high profiled brands, including Budweiser, Google, Jeep, Qantas and Lion Nathan Breweries.
2) What does a day in the life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?
Much of my day is spent leading and guiding others, so my morning routine is the most important part of my day. Good sleep, morning meditation, yoga or a run, personal planning.
Work kicks off around 8am, I average 3 to 4 new candidate calls per day; one coaching call per day and in between I work on introducing talent and businesses to collaborate.
Basically, each day I look after myself so I can then spend my day meeting new people and working out how to get them on their path.
3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?
Absolutely. Blue Bateau was designed to fit my life and my routine. It’s a company based in Australia near my family so I can travel the world. The majority of my revenue has been made from either remote working or working abroad across different markets. My phone and laptop is my office.
4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?
Work life balance means I have enough room to manage my mental health and happiness so I can always give my best to others. I achieve that goal by having my own business which allows me to design the life I want.
5) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?
I am constantly evolving and exploring new ways to grow within myself. Some recent examples are limiting the amount of alcohol I consume (none through the week), integrating meditation into my life and ensuring I take time to write down what I am grateful for each day.
6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?
I am a self-help book and spiritual junkie and one of my all-time favourites is The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. A recent podcast I enjoyed was Superwomen…We Ain’t by Janine Ellis.
7) Are there any products, gadgets or apps that you can’t live without?
Daily Horoscopes and Insight Timer.
8) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?
I don’t need a known name necessarily to feel inspired. Any female CEO who is running a large organization along with being a mother has my attention on work-life balance.
9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?
I believe that life is what we focus on, where focus goes, energy flows. If something isn’t working for you, change it immediately and re-focus. We can all have the life we want, when we choose it.
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