I normally take one vacation per year. And each year for the past few years, I have tried to progressively go further and further in terms of disconnecting myself from work and any social media. I don’t say this to brag, I say it because I need it. I need to disconnect. I need it to clear my head.
I have one simple, hard-learned formula for this: trust. I trust my team. They know they can reach me in an emergency, but they never do.
I trust them to make good decisions. I trust them to have the right answers should my manager reach out to them. I trust them to follow up with our clients. And I trust them to act should something come up.
While we were on vacation, in fact our first full day away, I happened to be sitting in a little ocean side town while my family was hopping in and out of stores. There was another gentleman outside with me, except instead of soaking up the ocean air, he proceeded to make call after call after call. For a moment, I felt sorry for him. Was there really that much pressure on him to keep up with clients and customers? Then I was frustrated…..what message is he sending to his team?
Trusts isn’t something you begin cultivating the week you go on vacation…….leaders build leaders. Your vacation should be one of many examples of that, so don’t destroy it by responding to emails and making calls. Step back, embrace the down time.
Here are this week’s 5 for 5 articles:
What have we become? (And what are we becoming?) – by Seth Godin
- SO WHAT: The best thing I read all week. If you only read one articles read this. “Every day we make the hard decisions that build a culture, an organization, a life.”
The True Joy in Life, via Matt Goldman – via John Maeda
- SO WHAT: An amazing quote. Again, what is your purpose?
One of the Biggest Mistakes that I Keep Making, Over and Over. – by Gretchen Rubin
- SO WHAT: Stop committing to do things later….especially starting on your dreams.
Thinking Too Much Makes You Miss The World Around You – by Charlie Sorbel
- SO WHAT: There is so much truth to the need to clear our heads in order to enable our creativity. (Hence why we need vacations….)
Using Brainwriting For Rapid Idea Generation – by Chauncey Wilson
- SO WHAT: If you are required in any way to lead idea generation sessions, please read this.
all the best, kevin