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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a news conference at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California on May 26, 2010. (ROBERT GALBRAITH/REUTERS)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a news conference at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California on May 26, 2010. (ROBERT GALBRAITH/REUTERS)

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Seven habits of highly effective executives Add to ...

Habit 1
Get down with the people
Brian Scudamore, Founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?
At his Junktion HQ in Vancouver, Scudamore sits in the open with everyone else and often joins different teams in their designated areas. He says it helps promote an atmosphere of transparency and equality, where everyone feels comfortable throwing out ideas–no matter how lowly their job title.

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Habit 2
Get a life (outside of work)
Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo
She takes a week off every four to six months for personal travel. Mayer says it’s not hard work or long hours that cause burnout, but resentment when those long hours keep you from doing other things. “You need to figure out what things you need to stay fuelled up, to stay energized, to not get resentful.”

Habit 3
Put the cellphone down
Kunal Gupta, Founder and CEO of Polar Mobile Group
In the name of work-life balance, Gupta disconnects from e-mail right before dinner on weeknights, and only logs on for a few hours early Saturday or Sunday. He has even removed all notifications from his phone to help him resist the urge to pick it up. “It only makes sounds when someone calls me.”

Habit 4
Hire ‘em young
Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook
The company, which Zuckerberg started when he was just 20, is always on the lookout for top talent, even recruiting teens right out of high school. Why? It helps Zuck–now, gasp, 30!–keep up with youth culture (and stops any particularly bright young things from launching competing start-ups).

Habit 5
Use your noggin
Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn
“Part of the key to time management is carving out time to think, as opposed to constantly reacting,” says Weiner. Sounds simple, but too many leaders end up careening from one crisis to another. Sit down to decide what’s urgent versus what’s important and to set a long-term strategy.

Habit 6
Get cracking
John G. Simmonds, Chairman and CEO of A.C. Simmonds and Sons
Simmonds hits the office by 6 a.m. “It sets a good example and is really the only time I can get anything done,” he says. “By 7:30, the office starts filling up with people, and by 8, there’s a lineup at my door, so I don’t get any alone time.”

Habit 7
Be ruthlessly focused
Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google
“The speech I give every day is: ‘This is what we do. Is what we are doing consistent with that, and can it change the world?’”

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