Getting ahead in business is about more than being tethered to your mobile 24/7. In our seventh annual Executive Survival Guide, we show you how to endear yourself to everyone from the CEO to security; start your day like Warren Buffett; build your personal brand (even if you're The Boring Guy); and embrace your inner jerk. We'll also help boost your education quotient with profiles of the best EMBA and MBA schools in the land.
Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, starts his day by reading six newspapers: The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The New York Times, USA Today, Omaha World-Herald and American Banker.
David Karp, founder of Tumblr, doesn’t open his e-mail until he arrives at work around 9:30ish. Only messages from his girlfriend and Tumblr employees show up in his inbox, and he responds to those right away. All other messages are sorted into folders. “If something urgently needs my attention,” he says, “someone will call or text me.”
Bob Iger, chairman of Walt Disney Co., wakes up at 4:30, seven days a week, so he can get work (or a workout) done uninterrupted. Then he drives himself to the office listening to classic rock tunes.
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, gets up around 8 and throws on the same T-shirt he wore the day before, thereby saving the minute or two he might otherwise waste picking out a fresh outfit.
Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan, spends his weekends reading mountains of work-related material and prepares questions for employees—which he asks bright and early Monday morning, often as he passes them in the hallways.
Steve Jobs, late co-founder of Apple, once told a graduating class at Stanford: “For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
Richard Branson, founder of Virgin, leaves his curtains wide open so he wakes up with the sun. Then he swims or kite-surfs around his private Necker Island, plays some tennis and eats breakfast.