John Searby is a sales manager at Adams Outdoor Advertising, the founder and CEO of WORKflow Peoria, and former assistant athletic director at Bradley University. He’s a 1998 graduate of Milligan College and received his master’s degree in English from Tennessee Tech in 2002. Outside of work, his interests include college sports, hiking, biking and kayaking with his family.
5 Favorite Books
- Blink, The Tipping Point and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Gladwell is one of the first and only original thinkers of our generation.
- A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. A hilarious story of an overweight, middle-aged man’s attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail. I hope I have the guts to take those kind of risks in my life.
- Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. So many great thoughts about a new way of working, and inspiration to continue to pursue new ways of going to work and doing our business in a new generation.
5 Favorite Musicians
I love singer songwriters who can take it mellow and rock out all on the same album—but the music has to matter, with words that make me think.
• Freddy Jones Band
• Indigo Girls
• Son Volt
• Mat Kearney
5 Favorite Peoria Restaurants
- Seven—my “special occasion” favorite.
- Kelleher’s—the “go to” for Bradley pre/post-games and just about any other fun time.
- Rhythm Kitchen—best place to take someone who thinks Peoria is bland.
- Agatucci’s—great pizza, great owners, great tradition. If you live in Peoria and haven’t been to Aggie’s, shame on you!
- One World—most versatile menu in Peoria. I’ve never had a bad meal at breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Battles of the Sexes Over Sleep
It’s been said that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. Certainly, when it comes to our sleep patterns, that’s the case. The two sexes have different “body clocks”: Men’s circadian period is 24 hours, 11 minutes on average—six minutes longer than women’s—which, in part, explains some of these differences. Consider the following, from a recent Wall Street Journal article that references a 2005 poll from the National Sleep Foundation:
- Women, on average, get more sleep than men. Thirty percent of women sleep eight hours or more on weekdays, compared to just 22 percent of men.
- Women fall asleep faster than men. The study showed that women needed 9.3 minutes to fall asleep, while men took 23.2 minutes.
- Women get more deep sleep than men, and they wake up fewer times during the night.
- Women tend to be “morning people,” while men often want to go to bed later and get up later.
- Women are more likely to have insomnia; men are more likely to have sleep apnea.
- Women are less satisfied with their sleep than men.
Apps for the Busy CEO
It’s stressful to run a company, but technology can make things a little easier. Appitalism.com, the mobile app superstore, offers up its top five apps that every CEO should have on their smartphones. These five apps are free for the iPhone:
- Evernote. Create and share voice, photo and text notes.
- NetworthIQ. Supervise your personal net worth as well as your company’s finances.
- BizExpense. Keep track of expenses and scan receipts on the spot.
- ThinkFree. Perfect for groups of people editing documents, with Microsoft Office compatibility.
- Scanner Pro. Turns the iPhone’s camera into a simple scanner for receipts, notes and documents.