Eliza Clulow is the VP of Growth at Raygun, an award-winning application monitoring company for modern software teams.
1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?
I’m currently Vice President (VP) of Growth at Raygun, leading the Marketing, Sales & Solutions Engineering teams. I come from a tech marketing background and had been a Raygun fan for years before joining the team back in February this year. Raygun helps businesses deliver perfect digital experiences faster, connecting software metrics with business outcomes through end-to-end digital experience monitoring.
2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?
I live in Jervis Bay, a postcard-perfect coastal village in New South Wales. To start the day, my husband and I take turns getting up to make coffee and taking our Sheepadoodle Dorothy out for a quick walk. I often follow this with an early meeting.
There’s not necessarily a “typical” day in my role. Raygun is a dynamic and fast-moving work environment, so the demands of the day vary depending on the team’s current focus. We’re a global team, so comms and meetings are structured to keep us connected across regions and timezones.
I book all my meetings with a standard agenda template and ask people to fill them out ahead of time so I can pre-read and make the most of our time together. If it’s a more casual discussion that doesn’t require screen-sharing, I’ll often take the call while grabbing some fresh air or when I’m driving to pick up one of my stepkids.
I finish my day around an hour before sunset so I can take the dog for a walk, make dinner and watch the news with my husband.
Then I log back online, prep for the next day and head to bed early.
3) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?
A wonderful former manager once told me, some people measure work life balance in days (home in time to put the kids to bed), some in weeks (don’t have to log on during the weekend) and others by months (finding personal time amongst the ebbs and flows of work demands).
For me, work-life balance comes when there is value alignment with company culture, so you can bring your authentic self to work and remove that disconnect between different aspects of your life while maintaining a healthy separation.
4) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?
Previously, I outsourced everything I could when it comes to household tasks, errands etc. Since moving from Sydney to the country, it’s no longer possible to do that. I now have to plan in advance, and it’s pushed me to simplify life and reset expectations. While it’s hard to give up the convenience of the city, I don’t miss the relentless pace and I’ve developed a renewed appreciation for creature comforts.
5) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?
Brene Brown’s ‘Dare to Lead’ podcast is great. It features an incredible line-up of guests, and her trademark “no-nonsense empathy” approach to leadership. I also recommend using a summarising app like Blinkist to stay on top of the endless flood of brilliant zeitgeist-making ideas and avoid that accusing pile of unread books beside the bed.
6) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?
Whitney Wolfe-Herd, founder of Bumble — there’s this iconic picture of her holding a baby while ringing the bell at the NASDAQ opening, becoming the youngest woman to take a company public in US history. That’s a woman who has a few insights on juggling personal and professional ambition.
7) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?
I recently watched Shonda Rhimes’ Dartmouth commencement speech, answering the question “how do you do it all?” with “I don’t”. She goes on to explain that where she is succeeding in one area of her life, she is failing in another. I think that’s an important message for those who want to have it all. You can, but not all at once.
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