In our eighth annual Executive Survival Guide, we show you how to do business with an egomaniac, build a brand like Drake, climb the corporate ladder (without stepping on anyone), avoid Snapchat snafus and ditch underperformers—gently. If you’re looking for a slightly more formal education experience, we’ll also help you find the right EMBA or MBA program.
REPLY TO E-MAILS (ASAP)
Executive chairman, Google
Don’t let e-mails fester. Responding quickly sets up a “positive communications feedback loop,” encouraging colleagues to include you in important discussions.
Nooyi, a “voracious reader,” divides her material into two piles: what she needs to read in detail and what she can skim.
KILL YOUR MEETINGS
CEO and co-founder, Slack
Butterfield scrapped nearly all recurring meetings to see which were necessary. “Respecting people’s time is important. So if you’re going to call a meeting, you’re responsible for it, and you have to be clear what you want out of it.”
TAKE A VACATION
Co-founder and CEO, Netflix
Hastings takes off six weeks a year. “You often do your best thinking when you’re off hiking on some mountain or something. You get a different perspective on things.”
GET SOME SHUT-EYE
Co-founder, Huffington Post
The HuffPo honcho wrote an entire book about the importance of slumber (The Sleep Revolution). “The way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is getting enough sleep.”
SET TOMORROW’S PRIORITIES
CEO, American Express
The AmEx chief wakes up with a game plan. The day prior, he identifies what he needs to tackle, the people he needs to talk to and the questions he’ll ask. (Oh, and he starts with a two-hour workout.)Report Typo/Error
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