John tells me he really wants to take a couple of weeks’ vacation. But he’s too busy; things are too tight at work.
“Even if I take a week off, I need to take my laptop with me – I can’t just switch off,” he says.
I remember an anecdote from one of Ricardo Semler’s books. One of his employees is facing a similar dilemma. The guy needs a vacation, but he cannot get away from work. Without him, work at the office will come to a halt – or so he thinks. Ricardo asks him what he would do if he was diagnosed with tuberculosis.
“Well, I’ll take sick leave for a month,” says the surprised employee,
“Imagine you have the disease now and take your vacation!” replies Ricardo.
The anecdote is not word-perfect (my memory doesn’t enable that!), but I trust you get the idea. Ricardo brings a startling perspective to situations, right?
So use the “Tuberculosis” solution, John. You no longer have that “the whole world depends on me” excuse! Have fun, take that vacation now!
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