Prepare for The Vacation You Haven't Planned Yet: Start Delegating Today
We've got vacation all wrong. Instead of relieving stress, it adds to it. Instead of eagerly anticipating days away, we dread coming back to a deluge of work. Instead of relaxing on a beach or soaking in a new culture, we worry about our businesses going up in flames. And, too often, instead of going at all, we stay behind.
Delegating Effectively During Vacation
Jeffrey Pfeffer, the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, says, "Your most important task as a leader is to teach people how to think and ask the right questions so that the world doesn't go to hell if you take a day off."
You Shouldn't Be "Too Necessary"
Empower Your People: Enjoy Your Vacation
- Leaf. Do it. Make the decision and leave me out of it.
- Branch. Make a decision, take action, and then report back to me later.
- Trunk. Hold on: come to me, we'll talk about the decision, and then you can proceed.
- Root. I cannot delegate these decisions; they belong to me.
Use the Decision Tree to delegate during vacation. The fact is, when you're gone, only branch and leaf decisions can be made.