There’s been much written of late regarding the changes in the workplace and how management and leadership need to change with it. While, in many ways this is true, there are some things that should be maintained.

We all need to learn new skills and techniques. Increasing our knowledge of how to lead and manage virtual, global enterprises, how to lead and manage a multi generational workforce and how to restructure our organizations and our
thinking to accommodate the ever increasing rate of change are but a few things to keep up with.

But, some things shouldn’t be eliminated. There is a tendency in American business to “throw the baby out with the bath water” when a new trend or fad comes along. I’ve read recently how holding people accountable for specific, measurable results is somehow old fashioned and we should just let people perform as they wish. To me, that is akin to “participation trophies” and it is the fast lane to business failure. People still need to be challenged, their performance measured and good performance rewarded.

We certainly need to treat people with dignity and respect, we need to coach and counsel but we also need to demand performance. When goals are not clear, measurements not visible and everyone is rewarded the same, we create mediocrity.

I don’t know anyone who is in business to become mediocre. Do You?


Many people never seem to find the time to get away. Between work, family, social commitments and just the pace of the world, it is truly difficult to plan and execute a getaway.

One thing to remember is that you can never find time for anything, you have to make time.

Your getaways don’t need to be a major trip. Two weeks in Tahiti is nice but so are long weekends. The important thing to remember is that you NEED breaks from normal life pressures.

If you breakdown the word recreation, it means to recreate. Time away for yourself and as a couple with your significant other is time to recreate yourself, time to recharge your batteries, time to find yourself and reconnect with that one special person.

Here are some techniques I use personally to ensure that I make time for myself.

At the beginning of each year, I plan two major vacations. I identify places I want to visit, I schedule the days on my calendar and, if possible, I spend some money on it in the form of a deposit. Having the trip on the calendar and actually shelling out some money ensures that I will take the vacation.

In between major trips, I do the same thing for long weekends and mini-vacations throughout the year. For many, building some of these mini-vacations can be centered around your favorite hobby and they can be by yourself or as a couple.

One of my majors this year is riding my motorcycle from California to Laconia New Hampshire for a major motorcycle rally. This is a trip that I make with fellow riders and it is time just for me.

When I return, I will be mentally rested, physically exhausted (in a good way) and ready to get back into my business.

So, don’t wait until the first of next year to begin your planning. Do some things with family and friends, do other things as a couple and make sure to do a few things just for yourself. You will be a better business leader, employee, parent and spouse because of making time for yourself.

What are you waiting for?