Magazine article Management Review

On the Beach

Magazine article Management Review

On the Beach

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On the Beach

By the time you're reading this column, I'll be sitting on the beach at Block Island, watching my daughter turn blue in the cold Atlantic. Hopefully, I'll be well into forgetting everything I can about my job, through a rigorous program of shell collecting, kite flying, and cold Bass Ale drinking at the Manisiss in the afternoon sun.

I'm recharging my battery just as farmers recharge the land by letting a field lie fallow. I'm on vacation.

I believe everyone should take a vacation. Going on holiday is just as important as your annual physical. It's medicine for the mind - a preventive measure against that dreaded disease: brain rust. Everyone suffers from brain rust occasionally. The symptoms vary from person to person, but here are some you may recognize:

* I can't see the forest for the trees. I'm sure you've suffered from this one. You become so wrapped up in the daily round of activities, issues and problems that you lose your sense of direction and purpose. You no longer ask, "Why am I doing this? What does this contribute to my overall goals?" The activity becomes the end in itself. "Keep the paper moving" replaces "Let's do something that makes a difference."

* My mind skips. You may call this a lack of attention. Here's an example. Someone comes into your office very excited about a new idea. After listening intently for a half-hour, smiling and nodding in all the right places, you suddenly realize you have no idea what he or she is talking about. This is only slightly less embarrassing, than if you're the one with the great idea, and you suddenly realize that your idea is about as startling as the revelation that bananas are yellow.

* My decision making slows down. There seem to be more options than I need, and they all appear equally good or bad. I can't cut through the clutter to isolate those two or three alternatives that make sense. …

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