Vacation preparation is not just packing your bags; it’s leaving everything tidy. So, at vacation time, what are your leadership priorities when you’re leaving the office?
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If it’s vacation time, know this:
So, as a project manager, your job is to set it up to thrive in your absence.
The same is true if you are a team leader, or any kind of manager, supervisor, or leader.
The measure of a leader is not how much people notice your absence. But instead, it is how well they can cope without you. So, here are the top three vacation preparation things to do before going on vacation:
Identify someone who can stand in for you at meetings, support your people, and make decisions while you’re away. Think of this as a perfect developmental opportunity for one of your team.
If you want them to do a good job – and you can be sure they will want to – then you need to brief them well. Give them the context around everything that’s going on. Make reports and plans available. Be clear about what’s coming up, and what you expect of them. Also set out unambiguously what authority you are handing to them. Frankly, the more the better.
It’s not fair to skip out and leave a mess behind you. Hand over your role a couple of days before you leave, then spend them tying up loose ends and making sure that there’s no mess for them to clean up behind you.
Now you’ve done your vacation preparation, you can go on vacation with a clear conscience. And you can do what you are supposed to do: recharge your batteries.
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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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