July 6, 2005
News & Opinion: Running a Marathon
This is from the Jeff Immelt interview in Fast Company this month:
What have you learned so far in the job?
One of the things Jack said every on that I think is totally right is: It's a marathon. It's not a sprint. All these books about the first 90 days are kind of rubbish in many ways. You have to have a plan. You have to stick to it. You have to modify it at times, but every day you've got to get up and play hard. Jack used to see me running around, even after he left, and he'd say to me, "Remember, it's a marathon. Ten years. Fifteen years. You've got to get up every day with a new idea, a new spin, and you've got to bring it in here every day." I always kind of knew that, but until you are right in the middle of it, you never get it. His advice was right. It's sustained ability to manage change that really counts.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.