George Lesko On the Last Time He Overcame Failure

The CIO at Blue Buffalo shares the book that changed his life and how he deals with email.

When you have the opportunity to ask some of the most interesting people in the world about their lives, sometimes the most fascinating answers come from the simplest questions. The Thrive Questionnaire is an ongoing series that gives an intimate look inside the lives of some of the world’s most successful people.

Thrive Global: What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed? George Lesko: Stretch a bit and I look out the window before I get started with my day.

TG: What gives you energy? 
GL: Accomplishment and progress.

TG: What’s your secret life hack? 
GL: Shaving and brushing my teeth in the shower.

TG: Name a book that changed your life. 
GL: “The World According to Garp.”

TG: Tell us about your relationship with your phone. Does it sleep with you? GL: Next to my bed. I do use it as my alarm but I am rethinking this.

TG: How do you deal with email? 
GL: I do let it build up a bit and I have told as many people in my world, professional and personal, not to use it for anything urgent if they need action from me.

TG: You unexpectedly find 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it? GL: Take a walk.

TG: When was the last time you felt burned out and why? 
GL: My last job for sure. The politics was overwhelming and we had to disband our team.

TG: When was the last time you felt you failed and how did you overcome it? 
GL: On the golf course. Can’t wait to try again. I’m positive that I know how I can improve.

TG: Share a quote that you love and that gives you strength or peace. 
GL: “This short life can neither be ennobled nor enriched by hatred or revenge” — Robert F. Kennedy. Maybe saw my father cry 3 times in my entire life and the first was when Robert Kennedy was murdered.


George Lesko is the CIO at Blue Buffalo company, the fastest growing and best Pet Food company in the world. He has worked for multinationals in several industries originally in Supply Chain, but focused on Technology for the past 20+ years. His passion is building teams and solutions that enable opportunities for businesses to exceed their goals. He finds that linking business opportunities to investments in technology in a tangible way is a lot of fun. He is most proud of the fact that many people that have been a part of my teams are now successful business and technology leaders around the globe.