ASLEEP AT THE GATE
Contrary to the beliefs of outsiders—media, competitors, even his own friends—Rich’s success was not as easy to maintain as it looked. Even with his more manageable schedule, he was constantly focused on the list, and immersing himself in one or more of the four disciplines. It was a regimen he gladly accepted.
But every human being gets tired, and after eight years of running the company, Rich O’Connor had become very tired.
So, with some urging from his wife, he agreed to take a sabbatical of sorts, six weeks with his family at Lake Tahoe. No e-mail. No conference calls. The only connection to work would be a weekly fifteen-minute update from his trustworthy COO, Tom Givens.
When Tom called after just three days at the ...