I’m Murat Aksu, and This Is My Way

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Murat Aksu is a very busy corporate executive and the husband of our publisher, Hulya Aksu. He lives in Ashburn with his two kids and pets and works from his home office when he is not traveling.

 

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Contact Information: [email protected]
Current Job/Company: Capgemini
One word that best describes your work pace: Overwhelming

Tell us a little about your background and how you got here.

I was born in Istanbul and attended St. Benoit, a private French school for boys established in 1427. Starting around the age of 16, I became very interested in moving and living the rest of my life in the United States.  I worked hard to come to the US, and I continued my education at FSU.

Take us through typical day.

I like to wake up early and come down to our living room with my wife to enjoy a cup of coffee and catch the early news before our kids wake up to go to school.  If I am traveling for work, I will get ready to leave for the airport; otherwise, I would go to my home office by 7:30AM and start working by checking my emails.

The rest of the day would inevitably be filled with conference calls and writing responses to emails.  I receive 50 or more emails in 30 minutes at the peak of the business day.  I eat my breakfast and lunch at my desk while working.  I take a break around 6 pm to eat dinner with my wife and work a little more before my wife, and I turn in.  I am often forced to watch Botched or Housewives of Somewhere before I fall asleep.

What apps, gadgets, or tools do

I might as well Velcro my phone to my hand.  I carry with me everywhere including the bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom.  I use text, Skype and email to communicate with my team at work as well as my family.  I use Duo to call my mother and speak to her with live video.  I also use a Jabra speakerphone which is a lifesaver for someone who is on the phone up to 9 hours a day.

What’s your office setup like?

My office is at home and it is decorated with classic furniture with dark wood and accents.  I also have my cigar humidor in the room and things I have picked up over the years in my travels.

What’s your best time-saving shortcut?

I like to buy marinated chicken thighs from the supermarket and pan fry them mixed with frozen vegetables like peas and carrots.  The marinade of the chicken also flavors the entire meal.

Who are the people who help you get things done, and how do you rely on them?

I 100% rely on my wife to keep our house together and our kids well balanced.  I would be miserably sad without my wife and as the song goes “if she did not exist, I would have invented her…”  I rely on Lola who is my admin to keep my work life in balance.

How do you keep track of your to-do lists?

I keep a blank piece of paper next to my laptop and take notes.

What’s your least favorite thing to do, and how do you deal?

I don’t love being overbooked. I accept it but call after call, can be tiring. I break up my day by working out at Orangetheory Fitness. Nothing like burpees to make you appreciate your busy conference call schedule.

Do you take Posh timeouts? What do you do when you want to forget about work?

My one-hour workouts.  I leave my phone outside and don’t think about anything but the exercises that I need to perform.  I have no time or energy to think about work. I also love a good cigar from time to time.

What are you currently reading, or what’s something you’d recommend?

I listen to audiobooks.  I highly recommend reading/listening to Peter Zeihan’s two books called, The Accidental Superpower and The Absent Superpower.  They will help you understand the history of the world and why things are the way they are all around you.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

I was once complaining about not having enough compared to our competitors to my manager.  He looked at me and said “Senior people don’t just complain, point to issues, they solve them.  What will you do to solve your problem?”  At the time, I hated him but, I never forgot that advice.

Is there anything else you’d like to add that might be interesting to readers and fans?

My son and I made it to Guinness World Record book for cooking the World’s Longest Shish Kebab in downtown Washington DC.  I wanted to demonstrate to my son that you can do anything in life that you put your mind into it.

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My Way series asks entrepreneurs, experts, and influencers to share their shortcuts, workspaces, routines, and more. Have someone you want to see featured, or questions you think we should ask? Email [email protected]