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Brunner & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in helping organizations and individuals with strategic planning, coaching, and other organizational and management issues. We also provide facilitation services to organizations and groups, helping them to address issues and reach agreement on important matters.
One thing many of us don’t think about is ending well. We tend to be concerned with getting a position, getting to a specific level or place, but we rarely give much thought to when it’s time to end something. I’ve seen this often in positions of power and influence, including lots of leaders (CEOs, head pastors, presidents, chairmen, whatever) – in politics, athletics, entertainment, whatever. For example, I prayed and thought hard about stepping down from my CEO position and, more recently, from a leadership position with a significant ministry organization. The key is to leave when they still want you. Looking back I believe the timing was perfect.
Recently, my wife and I decided – also with a lot of thought and prayer – to sell our lovely house of 35 years and move into a senior community. As you know, older folks often find it very difficult to leave their homes although the time has come. Many become less capable of taking care of the house and yard, and things begin to slowly deteriorate. Our move was into a wonderful community with several levels depending on one’s health. After almost three months, we are very happy.
This time of year many are planning/preparing/taking their vacations. If you are like most of us, you’ll cram as much as you can into your last work day before leaving, rushing to get everything up to date so you can depart. Likewise, the first day you return to work will likely be jammed with people wanting to see you, a huge amount of emails needing your attention (unless you do work on your vacation which is usually unwise), and meetings that others have put on your calendar. In fact, many of us dread our first day back for this very reason.
Kevin Kruse, in his terrific book, 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management, offers a powerful idea: schedule a buffer day before and after your vacation. These days are blocked for catching up. No pre-planned meetings, no project work, no lunches. Just guard these days, especially the first day back from vacation – to catch up on emails, phone calls, processing your in box and short meetings you schedule with staff to get back up to speed. Just knowing you have this day blocked to catch up and getting your own stuff in order will help you truly rest and relax when you are away. Why not give it a try?