Gordon Zacks

Gordon Zacks is chairman of the R.G. Barry Corporation, one of the largest providers of comfort footwear. He began growing the company in 1955. Throughout his career, Gordon has been working at the forefront of various activist and philanthoropic causes. He has served on the board of directors and advisors of Children’s Hospital, Hebrew University Board of Governors and Chief Executives Organization. Gordon was a member of President Reagan’s Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations, a member of President Bush’s Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations and Chairman of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service Advisory.

Getting Things Done


The first thing they would notice is that I am tenacious as hell. When I am focused on a goal, I am very determined and I don’t take “no” easily. I can fall down, get up, learn from the experience. Also, I’m secure enough with myself to unabashedly admit what I don’t know and to seek help from others. Also, if you want to get things done you have to delegate. I will find the very best people I can with whatever network I can employ, to find people of competence and integrity. If it’s repairing something around the house, I will find the best person, figure out what needs to be done, make a budget and plan, make them accountable and get out of the way. I want to put my energy into the things that are higher priority values for me. I want 60 minute hours for my high priority items. Lastly and very important, I really try to connect to people and establish a trusting relationship. Trust is a seminal quality for a satisfactory relationship.

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