A recent news item on Inc.com asked the question, "Are your employees afraid to take a vacation?"
You should pose that same question to yourself. It is easy to work all the time because the tasks of an entrepreneur seems to never be finished. But not taking a vacation is a huge mistake.
Tasks are the noise in the system of innovation, and they almost always try to muffle what is more important, which is to take the right strategic actions you need to build your business. Getting away from the office allows you to reconstitute a view of the company without all the daily noise created by tasks, people, and customers.
Of course, it isn't easy to get away. In the early days of Atari, I could not imagine taking a week off and being out of touch. I am sure that the first three years could have been much easier if I had just taken time to view the big picture without all the distractions.
Today, it is even harder to get that distance because of e-mail and cell phones. Can you really get perspective on your business when your BlackBerry hums constantly and pulls you back into the minutia?
Still, you must build the discipline to do it. There will be a payoff, I promise. I remember distinctly a September afternoon in a Paris café when one of the big ideas of my life was born.
The vacation was nice also.
This is the time of year to look back on a year gone and a fresh one just starting. Every company has the ability to take hard steps to improve performance. What can we learn from last year? What mistakes were made that lead to problems? What were the triumphs? Is it time to move offices, to junk that old machine, to let go the marginal employee?
Company resolutions are often easier to follow than the every-year personal ones that we make. Take the next few days to look back, to look forward, and to make a list. Get your employees to thinking also and have a shared list. Then put some skin in the game by offering a party a bonus if "X" is completed by a specific date. Objectives can be fun and very helpful if they are thought out and implemented.
- Build With a Buyer in Mind
- Things Are Looking Up
- The Value of Mentors
- Go Shopping for a State
- Google's Car Will Change the World
FROM OUR PARTNERS
- Smarty Pants
- Maryland – #1 in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
- New Data on Success
- New book BUSINESS BRILLIANT by Inc.com blogger Lewis Schiff
- Old Dominion
- No matter what you ship, your business is our business. Visit odpromises.com.
- Constant Contact
- Over 500,000 Small Businesses Use Constant Contact®. Safe, Simple.
- The rugged Torque
- Buy 1 Kyocera Torque, get 4 free. Only at Sprint. Restrictions apply.
- Undesk your desk phone:
- ShoreTel Dock for iPad/iPhone. BYOD better.
- Business Essentials
- Represent Your Company With A Custom Name Badge. Find It Here!
- Servers up to 45% off
- Technology optimized for today, but scalable for growing business needs.
- PCs You can Trust
- Discover how an ASUS PC with leading reliability is fit for your business