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Overtaxed CIOs Find Balance in Hikes, Pandemic Puppies


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Jones Lang LaSalle CIO Edward Wagoner and his Australian Shepherd puppy

Edward Wagoner, CIO at Jones Lang LaSalle, adopted an Australian Shepherd puppy during the pandemic.

Credit: Arron Cooper / WSJ

Corporate technology leaders are stepping outside of the technology bubble to unwind from the stress of keeping companies running during the coronavirus pandemic.

Many are turning to non-tech hobbies such as cooking, hiking, and gardening.

Edward Wagoner, digital chief information officer at Jones Lang LaSalle, said he worked his way through an entire cookbook by Ina Garten, host of the Food Network program "Barefoot Contessa." He also adopted an Australian Shepherd puppy.

Overworked IT chiefs are pressing the refresh button whenever possible to avoid burnout.

"I take time to be outside during the day, walk around and disengage from the all-video-all-the-time mentality," says Penelope Prett, CIO at Accenture.

PepsiCo CIO Seth Cohen said he is able to take breaks throughout the day and spend time with his family, something he was never able to do at the office.

From The Wall Street Journal
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