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Archive: August 9, 2009 - August 15, 2009

'Precious' Advice

G.K Chesterton wrote there are three ways to enjoy leisure: "The first is being allowed to do something. The second is being allowed to do anything and the third (and perhaps most rare and precious) is being allowed to do nothing."

By Joanne B. Ciulla | August 13, 2009; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Easy to Say, Hard to Do

It is an act of leadership for someone with significant responsibilities to "take care of yourself" rather than sacrifice your body for the cause. Unfortunately, as I pack my laptop for vacation, this is a case of "Do as I say...."

By Marty Linsky | August 13, 2009; 8:53 AM ET | Comments (4)

Single Dad and CEO

No leader I admire has every told me they wished they had worked harder and sacrificed their personal lives and families more for their work.

By Paul Schmitz | August 13, 2009; 8:25 AM ET | Comments (12)

Wilderness Mission Statement

Those of us who teach leadership in wilderness settings have wrestled with the communication question for decades. The answer is to choose the communication options that fit your mission.

By Rick Rochelle | August 12, 2009; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Quitting Work Addiction

Taking vacations can be part of a larger discipline in "saying when" that includes eating right, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and even napping.

By Robert Bruner | August 12, 2009; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (4)

Recess for a Reason

One need not be "plugged in" while on recess to continue learning and effectively do one's job.

By Slade Gorton | August 12, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Effectiveness, Not Exhaustion

Leaders need to free themselves periodically from work and associated stresses, and no one is too important to take a vacation.

By Yash Gupta | August 11, 2009; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (2)

Get a Real Vacation

If you're going to unplug and relax, make sure you arrange a vacation you'll actually enjoy.

By Michael Maccoby | August 11, 2009; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

FedEx on the Beach

A first principle of leadership is to take care of yourself. That means making sure you are of sound mind and reasoned judgment.

By Michael Useem | August 11, 2009; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

'Kill' the Leader

Solid succession planning means handing the reins to the next in charge and pulling yourself out of the daily rhythm of the business to allow others to lead.

By Lt. Col. Todd Henshaw (Ret.) | August 11, 2009; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Worst Vacations

Some of the worst vacation experiences I've seen happened when leaders were unable to say to themselves and their families or friends, "Now is not the time for me to disconnect."

By Tom Monahan | August 11, 2009; 8:23 AM ET | Comments (3)

A Culture of "Busyness"

Good leaders create other leaders. Think about what it says to the next generation when leaders model workaholic tendencies.

By George Reed | August 11, 2009; 7:32 AM ET | Comments (2)

Not Whether But How

If a leader decides to take a longer break, whether clearing brush in Texas or going deep-sea fishing, as Harry Truman liked to do, the key is to not break the line of communication.

By Mickey Edwards | August 11, 2009; 7:26 AM ET | Comments (1)

Unplug So Others Can Too

If the leader can't unplug, nobody else will, and performance may suffer as a result.

By Barry Salzberg | August 11, 2009; 7:14 AM ET | Comments (12)

Relax or Else

Not only does the leader need to unplug and unwind, but the rest of the organization needs to know it can function well without the leader's constant presence, virtual or otherwise.

By Bob Schoultz | August 11, 2009; 7:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Threshold for Contact

To unwind you not only have to truly get away, but also need the peace of mind that issues will be properly managed -- including contact initiated when truly essential.

By John H. Cochran, MD | August 10, 2009; 1:51 PM ET | Comments (1)

A Safari Lesson

The reality in today's world is that leaders have to stay in touch with their organizations and with rapidly changing events on a 24/7 basis, even while on vacation.

By Bill George | August 10, 2009; 11:34 AM ET | Comments (9)

A Succession Test-Run

The only way to escape the rush of current events and to give potential successors an opportunity to fly solo in the top seat is to get away and let the leaders on the next level down run the outfit for a time.

By Gen. Monty Meigs (Ret.) | August 10, 2009; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

Find Your Philosophy

Put forth your own philosophy of recreation-and-renewal, apply it to the specific situation at hand, and remain as consistent as you can throughout the term of your leadership.

By Howard Gardner | August 10, 2009; 11:26 AM ET | Comments (1)

An Absolute Need

You cannot recharge the battery and use the energy at the same time.

By Andy Stern | August 10, 2009; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

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