The Problem of a Packed Calendar

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Packed Calendars Rule Over Executives” was the subject of Carol Hymowitz’s “In the Lead” column in the Wall Street Journal this week.   Several executives, including Daniel Vasella, CEO of Novartis, share how they get free from a crammed agenda.

Vasella “keeps himself in check” by occasionally stepping back to evaluate his plans, questioning whether he could do his job differently.

Mark Hurd, CEO of Hewlett-Packard, makes sure he has some breathing space on his calendar.   He leaves time every day for things that just come up.

Kathleen Murphy, CEO of ING US Wealth Management, believes that the single most crucial element for surviving a packed schedule is to have a competent team to which you can delegate important jobs.

“At my level you can’t get caught in the weeds,” she says, “you have to move back to a more strategic position.”


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