This month’s Inc. magazine has a fascinating “The Way I Work” with John Paul DeJoria. DeJoria is the founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems, Patrón Spirits, and several other companies. Forbes listed his net worth at $4 billion.
Here are a few notes from the John Paul DeJoria interview:
- Doesn’t use email or a computer (everything done via fax, phone, and in person)
- Management philosophy: pay attention to the vital few and ignore the trivial many (I love that line)
- Every product gets reviewed by him personally, even flea and tick shampoo
- Personal chef makes lunch for him daily
- Every employee at Paul Mitchell and Patrón gets free lunch daily because he believes you have to treat your people well
- Motto: success unshared is a failure
- Takes a personal retreat annually and asks the questions what did I do last year, who is in my life, what am I doing, and what do I want to do
My favorite line, as mentioned above, is the one about paying attention to the vital few and ignoring the trivial many. I don’t know too much about John Paul DeJoria but I found the interview fascinating.
What else? What are some of your thoughts on his approach to life?