While advancing in the career path brings with it better titles and money, it relatively brings a heap of responsibilities that call for more dedication to the task and fewer moments of pleasure. Eric Lefcofsky, the co-founder of Tempus and the Chief Executive Officer of Groupon is one such professional who makes a considerable cut on pleasures to create more time for clients and employees. Before becoming the Chief Executive Officer of Groupon, he would see himself completely turn off his work mode once in the house, making sure he has a relaxed weekend free from any job-related interference. At the moment, however, manning over 11,000 employees in 48 countries, Lefcofsky finds it necessary to work 12 hours on weekdays.
Contrary to the great fun that he used to find in running a chain of ventures, Lescofsky now feels even much better running single organization, which gives him a chance to focus on a single direction, thereby giving his best shot. Even though he admits to having been fascinated by money at a tender age, Lescofsky now attests that it is better to focus on service delivery since that is what ultimately matters. When cash inflow becomes great, spending it becomes the focus and to some extent, one develops the desire to share it out with those who need it.
Lescofsky rises quickly to defend the growth of Groupon. Despite the company having existed barely for four years, he says that the media and the general public are so quick to excite its highs and lows such that anyone would think it’s a company that has existed for over 100 years. He, however, maintains his focus on taking the company a notch higher, citing that all other existing big companies also took the same path in their growth.
On the grounds of misrepresentation, Lescofsky faults the media for the continued unearthing of the issues that happened way back in the 1990’s. He says most of this information regularly brought to the public domain is in most cases quoted out of context and in most instances, has no facts. He as well recalls a few moments in the past when he didn’t have as much money and would rough up some of his allies. At the moment, however, he admits that this is a thing of the past.
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