How do you cope with the stress of being the CEO of two publicly listed companies?
Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey has the answer.
Dorsey was in London this week to launch his payments firm Square in the UK. At a launch event attended by Business Insider, he was dressed pretty simply in a dark t-shirt and jeans, presumably to reduce the stress of decision making as per Steve Jobs.
He was also, however, sporting some snazzy trainers and one other expensive gadget — an Apple Watch.
Business Insider asked him two things: what he was wearing on his feet, and how he deals with being the CEO of two listed firms.
This is what he said: “I’m wearing Adidas Yeezys, and I wear them because the way I cope is that I walk around a lot and these are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn.”
He added that having a good team was his best weapon in coping with the stress of leading two public companies.
“I think it’s … all just a matter of the team that you have. That’s the most important thing,” he said. “[We have] really strong teams, and that enables me to focus on what my strengths are in terms of really pushing ourselves to think bigger about what we’re doing and where we’re going.”
He also said stress was easy to avoid if you prioritised and planned properly.
“To me, it’s, in any business, especially a small business, where you find yourself doing everything, it’s really a question of not time but prioritisation. What matters most, and do I have it prioritised accordingly? Am I really focused on the thing that matters the most right now, or is it just distracting?” he said.
He added: “Stress for comes from reacting to something that was unexpected, so the more we have alignment over what to expect and what might happen the less stress there is.”
Here’s a closer look at those Yeezys:
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