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It's a marathon, not a sprint
Hugh Williamson 30 April 2015
Transcript of It's a marathon, not a sprint
1. Do you reward heroics or consistency?
2. Is a 24-hour Hackathon good or bad?
3. Do you *really* take vacation?
4. What can you do to change your workplace?
5. Life’s an experiment: experiment with your journey
A few parting thoughts…
1. Live an integrated life, and enjoy the journey
2. Build in exercise, and space within your day
3. Work with great people on important problems
4. Build creative space into your work life
5. Impact comes from quality and quantity of work
So, it’s a marathon, not a sprint...
My own story…
Keeping it in balance...
Recharging – Christopher Payne, SVP at eBay
My own story…
Keeping it in balance
Stories of sustained success in the tech industry
Hugh E. Williams
It’s a marathon, not a sprint…
Optimize for interesting
– Mike Olson, CSO and Chairman of Cloudera
It’s about great people
– Joe Tucci, CEO and Chairman of EMC, and Chairman of VMWare and Pivotal
Less frenetic activity
– Adrian Colyer, EIR at Accel Partners
Build your full life
– John Donahoe, CEO at eBay
Balance family, me, and work
– Chris Caren, Chairman and CEO at Turnitin
A Full Tank
– Ken Moss, CTO of Electronic Arts
Do something you love
– Stephanie Tilenius, investor, founder, and executive
Harmony, not balance – Satya Nadella, CEO at Microsoft
“[…] I harmonize my work and life, versus trying to find the elusive ‘balance’. Being present in the lives of my family in the moments I am with them is more important than any quantitative view of balance.”
“You have to do something you love, that will sustain you. … You will always be willing to give it your all. I am committed … to having a family [too]. I have learned it is about integration and not necessarily perfect balance. If you integrate life and work, you are much more likely to be successful.”
“Always focus on exceeding expectations in the present, while keeping your tank 100% full … for the future. There is no quicker way to stall your career than by burning out …. It’s always in your control.”
“I believe strongly in the need to maintain my energy level … to have the most impact in my career. … [This] means taking walks during the work day, taking all of my vacation, and not being on email 24/7. … I can be more creative and productive over the long term.”
“I do my best work when life is in balance: family, me, and work. … no more than 9-10 hours a day [of work], solid exercise daily, low stress (via self-control), 7-8 hours of sleep minimum …, and the time I want with my family and for myself. … More hours worked actually pull down my impact as a CEO.”
“There has been no single moment where [my wife and I] achieved perfect work-life balance. … We have realized that the pursuit of balance while leading a full life is a journey and not a destination. … So embrace the challenge of building your full life, not just your work. Real life gives you the stuff to be a real leader.”
“The biggest and most impactful things you can do … don’t come during that constant fire-fighting mode. … My important insights and decisions … have come in the space I’ve made. … I attribute [my success] not to being smarter ... nor to working harder, but to creating space to think.”
“Being a successful CEO is relatively straightforward. 1st: retain, hire, and develop the best talent. 2nd: … work together … do not tolerate selfishness. 3rd: … embrace a stretch goal … and 4th: … focus on … customers.”
“… Optimize for interesting – working on problems that are important, … with people who blow my hair back. The combination … has guaranteed real happiness. … You have to be willing to walk away from a good paycheck and fat equity if the work or people are wrong. Money is cheaper than meaning.”