It’s summer and time for vacation, but can you leave your work at work? Here are some simple tips to help you do just that.
Paid vacation time is one of the most prized forms of professional compensation. So why are we so bad at taking advantage of it?
A survey by travel industry organization Project: Time Offfound that Americans took 16.2 vacation days in 2015, and 55 % left vacation days unused. The grand total of those unused days? 658 million. It’s staggering, but it’s also understandable–the tasks keep coming, the emails pour in, and the prospect of going away and letting it all build up only to engulf you upon return seems hardly worth it.
When Comparison is About Something Else by Sharon Hodde Miller
What does comparison and envy point us to? Sharon explains more:
I had to laugh. Within a span of three days, I envied the gifts of two women with completely different gifts. I wished to be bold, passionate, and funny, and I wished to be gentle, winsome, and wise. Granted, these gifts are not in conflict with one another, but it made me pause and think about the wide range of gifts I had envied. I wished to be louder and quieter, stronger and gentler, more extroverted and more careful with my words, more convicted and more compassionate.
I wanted all those gifts for myself, and as I recognized that desire in my heart, I realized something important: the only person who possesses every single one of those gifts, is God.
5 Ways to Reduce Time on Email by Eric Geiger
Email can feel like it takes over our personal and professional lives. Here are 5 tips from Eric on how to reduce our time on it.
Here is the reality: Email often helps people communicate more to accomplish less. Instead of being a time-saver in communication, email often wastes time by creating unnecessary communication. Email can put people in a perpetual response zone, where they don’t proactively lead but only reactively put out the fires their inboxes uncover. Email can be a great tool, but like many tools it can be overused to the detriment of efficiency and effectiveness. Here are five ways to reduce email.
Respecting Our Children by Sarah Mae
Respect in parenting needs to go both ways. Sarah shares how important it is for us to respect our children.
We must respect one another.
I believe that respecting our children is of the utmost importance. I want them to know that when they say “no” or “stop” that they should be listened to, respected. If I’m tickling my babes and they say stop, I stop. If I go to rub their back and they say stop, I stop (and I don’t make them feel guilty for it). We should not be offended if our children don’t feel like hugging or being tickled or playing ball or getting wet or whatever. They are growing into who they are and what they like and don’t like, and we need to respect their boundaries.
To Hold Someone Accountable, First Define What Accountable Means by Bob Frisch and Cary Greene
Accountability. It’s important as a leader, but how is it defined? In this interesting article on Harvard Business Review, they describe what that looks like:
Consider this example. During a meeting at a luxury retailer, the executive team decided that the company needed a digital strategy for its China operations. Paul, the head of e-commerce, asked one of his direct reports, Madison, to “please form a team and let us know what we should do.” She was then designated “accountable” for the action item “digital strategy for China.”
But what did Paul mean? Was Madison tasked with forming a team that should develop a consensus view on what the company should do in China, or was she tasked with making the decision and executing? Or was it something else? At the time, no one thought to ask or clarify.