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Balancing the Grind with Henry Innis, Co-Founder at Mutiny

Henry Innis is the co-founder at Mutiny, a software company anchored around their platform, WarChest, which helps marketers get more value out of their marketing.

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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?

My career has been in technology and advertising. I began my career at DT (now known as AKQA) in digital and data strategy, mostly focusing on the data side of the equation. More recently I then spent time in startups and VMLY&R, before wanting to move into pureplay technology and product.

That led me to founding Mutiny, where I’m primarily responsible for the vision, product, engineering and management teams. My current role speaks to that, as I’m effectively a many hats on the frontline 

2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

My day is usually quite varied. Typically:

  • Wake up at 7am, do emails 7am – 7:30am
  • Shower, walk to work. I typically do customer check in calls on my walk in from 8am – 8:45am. 
  • Team check ins from 8:45am – 9:30am
  • Then get into the meat of the day, key tasks, from 11am – 3pm. Usually I:
    • Write scopes or solution architectures
    • Review features briefs
    • Unblock key decisions across the business
  • Afternoon from 3pm is usually a gym session. 
  • I then generally spend evenings doing specific work: e.g memos, specific issue management, writing strategy, financial forecasts.
  • Generally I’ll log off around 8pm and read a book. 

3) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?

I don’t really see work-life balance as a thing. I love my work, believe in what we’re doing and fundamentally that makes my work my life’s work. I don’t work conventional weeks as a result, but that means I give myself time to go on spearfishing trips and similar. One thing: I don’t like asking my team to work harder than I do, so pride myself on being online and working whenever I know a team is. 

4) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?

Yes, I started exercising in the gym during the day. Best way to do it for me was to make it a routine in the working day, as it allowed me to break things up and also actively commit more to my health. 

5) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?

Perdido St Station is an wondrously alien landscape. 

Life 3.0 changed my view on intelligence. 

And who could go past an amazing Harry Dresden novel?

6) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?

Elon Musk.

7) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

The only way to grind is to fall in love with the grind. 

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.