In 2012, Jim Buch became the chief executive of Lynx Grills Inc., a Downey manufacturer of premium grills and outdoor kitchen appliances – including a smart grill that talks to you. Prior to Lynx, he was the chief of SunBriteTV, the largest manufacturer of outdoor high-definition TVs. All companies considered, Buch has been a chief executive for almost 34 years. He is also a keynote speaker and business practice leader for the Josephson Institute of Ethics, Los Angeles, where he speaks to Fortune 500 and smaller companies on issues related to building a sustainable and ethical business culture. A second-generation Southern California native, he lives in Palos Verdes with his wife and two children. He teaches scuba diving and advanced diving skills in his spare time. We spoke with Buch about how to disconnect in an always-on world.
Question: Describe your morning routine.
Answer: I get up fairly early, around 5 a.m., and spend time catching up on news and emails. Then I work out. I try to work out at least six days a week for 45 minutes to an hour and I alternate between resistance and cardio every other day. I catch breakfast on the run, so usually I will drink a juice that has fiber and proteins. Then, I am in office between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. every single day.
What’s your day like once you get to the office?
One of the greatest things about being a CEO, and I have been one for different companies for 34 years, is that every day is different. I am deeply involved with every element of the company. There simply is no real pattern to each day, one after the other. My favorite thing of all is to walk out onto the factory floor, to meet our dealers, to travel with the sales people. The best part of work is being with people.
How do you achieve work/life balance?
I think it’s always been hard, and it’s harder today than ever before. We’re connected 24/7 to everything and everybody, and the result is that people get testy if you don’t immediately text back. What I do, which I can’t say will work for everybody, is that when I get home, I disconnect from work. Whatever is going to happen, I will deal with in the morning. I would rather spend an extra thirty minutes at the office than bring it home. When I’m at home, my kids own my schedule. When I’m at work, the company owns my schedule.
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