10 Leaders and the Surprising Ways They Stay Productive

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Larry Page: Fire Your Assistant

One of the Google cofounder’s goals as reinstated CEO is to restore a start-up sensibility to the search giant. That means flattening bureaucratic structures and maximizing opportunities for face time. To that end, Page is encouraging employees to trade offices for open floor desks and ditch intermediaries. Page told Wired in a 2011 profile that he and Brin abruptly decided to get rid of their assistants after they found themselves scheduled in too many undesired meetings. “Most people aren’t willing to ask me if they want to meet with me,” he says. “They’re happy to ask an assistant.” Anyone who wants his attention, now has to approach him.