Give the Boss a Break!

Posted on: Sunday, August 4th, 2013
Posted in: HR FYI, Blog | Leave a comment

DSC_0902Financial Times recently posted a story extolling the virtues of extended time off, paid sabbaticals, completely unplugging, and taking strategic distance from your work to help you get better focus and perspective. The article offers many role models who are richer (in all ways) because of their commitment to balance.

Much credit goes to the founder of the Strategic Coach program, Dan Sullivan, who helps entrepreneurs grow their businesses and leverage the benefits of free time—while taking off 155 days each year himself. As he sagely states,

Taking time off refreshes the brain but it also simplifies your brain.”

It’s a great read, so go there! Meantime, here are a few quotes that stack up like persuasive testimonials from entrepreneurs who have learned to accomplish more by working less…

  • “The fewer days I work, the greater my measurable economic results.”
  • “The person should completely disconnect during the sabbatical…No checking email. No calls. Total sabbatical.”
  • The sabbatical “was great for me, and great for the company to run without me for six weeks.”
  • “I delegated more and I told the people in the office that if I called on a free day they were to hang up the phone on me.”
  • “I now have a fairly full life. I do a lot of community work, I travel and I have a great family life. I wouldn’t have that if I hadn’t found the ability to take free days.”

There’s much more to say and consider from this article. But alas, this writer is on vacation, and is about to exceed the 55-minute-per-day limit on screen time. So why not join me? Peruse the story, put your screen to sleep, and go outside and refresh your viewpoint and outlook!

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