Leadership: The Importance of Time Out

I work with many CEO’s and Founding Directors & consistently they are the people least likely to take their holidays. I have written about this in several earlier posts e.g. The Art of Being too Busy & Leaders Must Take Time Out.  Those that do take time off will be just a cell phone call, text or e-mail away. They are active & online monitoring business, staying in touch with staff & projects……they never disengage long enough to recharge.

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand. One of the natural wonders of the world & a place to reflect of the important things in life.
Fiordland National Park, New Zealand. One of the natural wonders of the world & a place to reflect of the important things in life.

The Harvard Business Review article entitled “Rules For a Vacation Thats Truly worth it” really is worth a read. The value of spending time totally disengaged with your day job, experiencing new (& physical) things with different people can really encourage innovative and creative thinking. It can allow you to get out of the day to day and do some thinking “on” the big things that need to or should happen.

Personally I try and take four good breaks over the work year so that there is time to recharge and pursue other things in your life. a time to reconnect with family, friends and to schedule some time for myself. I totally agree that the mix of a restful holiday on one of them followed by a new “experience” or a trip to somewhere new really (into the outdoors) keeps life interesting and is a catalyst for new ideas & dreams.

When did you last take a decent holiday and more importantly when did you last disconnect from your e-mail, phone & text? Are you one of those people who is too busy ( = needs to plan more & focus on the important things) or too important to the business (= doesn’t see the importance of training & trusting your people) that others can’t step up and do your job even short term?

Seek help………………. Now……fast!

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