John Bachmann, managing partner, Edward
Getting away from it all "I don't play tennis.
I'm not a golfer. My idea of relaxation is doing absolutely
nothing for a week. It's going to some location — maybe
a remote island — and getting up at 5:30 a.m. and grabbing
a pen and paper and just thinking about some issue with no
schedule or agenda. All of us in my role operate far more
than we should on just adrenaline. When you finally slow down
you come to practically a halt."
Bill McDermott, CEO and president,
SAP America Inc.
Family "When I'm not on the job, what I enjoy
is focusing on the family, whether it's coaching, participating
in family activities or connecting over good conversation
and a few laughs. It's always magic to me. When homebase is
right, everything else flows. You can't be a successful person
unless you are putting your most important priorities in perspective."
Cheryl Mayberry McKissack, CEO of
Finding her spiritual center "I certainly believe
in working hard, but I don't think working 24/7 makes you
better or more productive. And it almost certainly doesn't
make you a better manager to those who work for you. I believe
balance is critical to anyone's success. I read, travel and
work out on a regular basis. I've been all around the world."
"I try to do a number of different things
that allow me to keep a balance and then I pray. I try to
keep myself as spiritually centered as possible."
Richard Lenny, chairman, president
and CEO of Hershey Foods Corp.
Physical fitness "I'm very active in physical
fitness. I do it as much for the mind as the body. When I
go running is when I have time to think through some issues.
I also enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter. Anyone
who is busy in his or her career is going to be busy outside
of it, too. That's part of our DNA."
Fred O'Connor, executive vice president,
Since its founding nearly 12 years ago, O'Connor has served
on the board of Chicago Cares, a nonprofit promoting volunteerism
and civic engagement.
Volunteerism "Volunteer activities,
he says, are a powerful reminder of the small, but important,
joys people can bring to themselves and others through service.
When you're out there painting a school, you're just another
guy with a paintbrush. That's always good for putting things