by Neville Gaunt, Featured Contributor
YOU’VE GOT UP extra early before anyone else for some ‘me time’ before the long journey ahead. This is the holiday of a lifetime for all the family – the kids are so excited they haven’t stopped talking about it for what seems like months, while you both have been equally excited but hiding your real emotions until the holiday starts.
The day has come! As you sit outside in the sunshine with your favourite breakfast, a double expresso and a croissant, your mind starts to drift… and then you remember what happened last time you left the office for a holiday. It was like a car crash!…
On the journey to the airport you’d had two calls to the office and shouted at your overly excited kids to keep quiet while you’re on the phone to the office. At the airport check-in you have excess baggage, thanks to your small PC and all its cables and accessories plus the important papers you need for the two conference calls while you are away, that of course only you can handle.
You successfully negotiated border control and customs, although because of your PC, phones and all your other gadgets the security scanners picked you (they would wouldn’t they?)and that held you back while everyone else had gone through without a hitch.
As a treat for everyone you’d booked the whole family into one of the air lounges so they can see what first class travel is all about. Meanwhile, you have three more calls with the office and the last one almost makes you late for the flight!
It was a 6 hour flight with no phones so just enough time for you to relax, settle down and start your holiday. The time flew by and as you are getting off the plane the phone rings…”Boss, well it’s like this and it’s a real problem…”
“Hey” you shout out as the kids, now wide awake and raring to go saw you were dozing off so they sprayed some very cold water on your face.
“Thank goodness for that, I must’ve been dreaming…” you think to yourself as this time you know it’s going to be a lot different. You vowed after the last holiday, you wouldn’t let a car crash happen again. You’d reached a tipping point and you changed your attitude and mindset – more of mindset shift for you. It began with you, starting to get to know your team and trust them. It may not have been easy at the time but what you did:
Engaged with each of your team
Built trust and a team ethic
Gave them space and time to grow
Delegated so you weren’t ‘needed’
Planned their and your holiday cover
And a whole lot more as you found it comes easy when you allow yourself time to think and plan ahead.
So who are you taking away with you this year? This was me some time ago, don’t let it be you.