Balancing the Grind with Lincoln Stollery, Head of Investor Relations at iPartners

Lincoln Stollery is the Head of Investor Relations at iPartners, one of Australia’s leading alternative asset investment platforms, where he is responsible for client engagement and product distribution.

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

Sure, it’s been a fun start that’s for sure! I first was exposed to the corporate world back in 2016 when I worked as an intern at a private equity firm during my final year of university. The experience opened me up to the world of alternative investments, and today I am part of the iPartners team

Today my time is spread across a range of things, from external marketing and sales, deal syndicate and investor relations! We’re growing fast, so there’s a lot to do! We’re always looking for new deals and investors, so it’s go, go, go on all fronts.

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

Hmm, where do I start?! It depends on whether we are in a capital raising phase or not!

When we are in the process of raising for an investment, it’s all hands on deck!

Regardless of whether we are raising capital or it’s an ordinary day, I really enjoy heading to the gym on my lunch break. I find it helps to break up the day and helps to reset your mind and destress.

Now that I work from home, I have a little home gym set up outside, so I try and take 45-minutes to an hour to step away from the desk and keep up my fitness.

3. Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?

This is an interesting one seeing as we have activated our work from home policy now.

It’s been a real change blending your work and life into one.

Fortunately, as the iPartners platform is cloud-based and flexible, all of us can work remotely, so it’s been business as usual for us.

4. Do you have any tips, tricks or shortcuts to help you manage your workload and schedule?

For me it’s all about three basic things – eating well, drinking enough water and getting enough sleep.

5. What does work-life balance mean to you, and how do you work to achieve that goal?

I think it’s essential to have the balance, but it’s often easier said than done. We all find ourselves thinking about work in what should be our downtime and vice versa. I find the best way to break it up is to have clear life and work routines.

I’m an avid golfer (despite not being very good). I enjoy playing on weekends and then catching up for beers and dinner, which helps to focus on what’s in front of you. In the case of golf, if you miss that little ball with an air swing, you look like a real fool.

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6. What do you think are some of the best habits you’ve developed over the years to help you strive for success and balance?

I think having a routine and being proactive. Having an end goal helps to keep you focused and give you something to work towards. There’s also an element of just winging it too when you need to. There are so many variables that are out of your control, so accepting that and just going along for the ride can make it a whole lot less stressful.

7. Are there any books that have helped you improve over the years?

For me it is a TED talk: The power of vulnerability by Brené Brown. It helped me to just accept that it’s okay to show vulnerability and that that wasn’t a sign of weakness, but instead a sign of inner strength.

What is the number one thing you do to make sure you get the most out of your day?

Wake up!

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

I think work and life can be summed up in a simple Simpsons quote: “Roads are just a suggestion, Marge, just like pants!” Find what works for you, run with it and don’t look back!

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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.