Sometimes you may feel guilty taking holidays. I think that holidays are critical for three reasons:
- You’re better and sharper when you have time to ‘trickle charge’ by relaxing without interruption. You can’t ‘jump start’ your mind by taking a few hours away from work. Jack Welch said that during his tenure as CEO, he had 3 main strategic ideas for GE, all of which came to him on holidays.
- The best and most productive people have a life outside of work. Family, friends and hobbies sharpen your mind and broaden your outlook. If you don’t have a life, you may consider looking into getting one!
- Holidays reveal your competence as a team builder. If you can’t get away for a real stretch of time without the wheels falling off, you may need to grow in your delegation, coaching and mentoring skills. I once heard a wise owner insist that all of his key managers take two consecutive weeks away from the business for this reason.
So enjoy your summer holiday without guilt.