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Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category


Off the Air for a Bit

When I started this blog in January of 2007, I committed to you, dear reader, that I’d post at least once a week, except when on vacation.  I’ve done a good job of fulfilling that commitment – if I do say so myself! – and I intend to continue as long as I continue to get feedback that you enjoy reading it and find it useful (and sometimes even inspiring – thanks for that!)

So now I get to invoke my vacation exception: Patrick and I are leaving for Jamaica on Saturday morning for a week in the sun, doing pretty much nothing at all.  I can’t remember a time when I’ve looked forward to a vacation so much – I feel like I really need a period of rest and rejuvenation after the past few months. And the months ahead look to be even more busy and full of great things….

I’m a big fan of vacations – and I’d love to hear about your favorite one…where was it, who did you go with, and why was it so great?

Posted in Community,Travel


Technology Brings You Holiday Cheer

I’m old enough that I’m still impressed by the power of technology, especially when it comes to communication.  When I was a kid, there were three ways to send holiday greetings: the US mail, the phone, and in person.

Because long-distance phone charges were high, and you could only do a certain amount of running around to see people in person (still true, until they get that whole teleportation thing down) – the mail was the default setting for holiday communication.

So, think about it (especially those of you who weren’t around for this part of history).  You made a list of all the people you wanted to send holiday greetings to; found out each of their mailing addresses if you didn’t already have it; wrote out a card and addressed an envelope for each one; put the cards in the envelopes and affixed a stamp to each; went to the mailbox or the post office, and sent them out.  I remember my mom spending what seemed like weeks preparing and sending out her Christmas cards every year.
Now you can just write an email (or go to one of the many places that offer pre-created e-cards), create a group email list, and – click. Instantly all the people to whom you want to reach out, all over the world, get your message.

And it’s evolved even further over the past couple of years, through the miracle (to me) of easily embedded video links, so that you can send yourself, in effect: sharing a personal message in a way that lets friends and family see and hear you.

Or you can post (a verb that now means “write in your blog” vs. “send a letter”) your greetings…which I’ll do next week, and that will give me a chance to share my best holiday wishes with you and all my blogosphere friends – even though I may never have met you, I still think of you as a friend.

And that’s the cool thing.  That all this technology can make it simpler and faster to meet and get to share parts of life with a wider variety of people, spread further apart.  Which, I believe, can only help break down the barriers between people and countries, and make it more likely that the word “foreigner,” with all its negative and limiting us-and-them implications, will gradually drift out of use.

P.S. I’ve taken advantage of the aforementioned video technology to send a holiday message to all the folks on my Insider List.  If you’d like to see and hear it, I invite you to join the conversation – if you haven’t done so already – in the sign-up space to the right of this post.


Hasta luego


Tomorrow I’m going on vacation with my daughter to Wales – I don’t intend to be online much; I see the next 10 days as a chance to really disconnect, unwind and recharge…all in the company of one of my three favorite people in the world (my husband and son are the other two).

It’s been pretty wild for me since Growing Great Employees was published at the beginning of January — good wild, but wild nonetheless. I need to integrate everything that’s been happening, personally and with my business.

I wish more of my clients would give themselves the kind of opportunity I’m about to give myself: way too many of the executives with whom I work stay firmly chained to their Blackberries and cell phones during supposed vacations. Even if you love what you do, you need time off — otherwise you lose your balance. You get tired and un-resilient in subtle and not so subtle ways; you forget the relative importance of things (the preciousness of being alive, for instance, vs. whether a particular project was completed an hour late); you feel less satisfaction, joy and curiosity.

By Saturday afternoon I intend to be sitting in a cottage in Cricieth, feet tucked up, sipping a cup of tea and talking to my daughter about her wedding plans, with no other agenda in sight.

I invite you to do your own version of that in the not-too-distant future, and I hope you enjoy every minute of it.

I’ll see you when I get back…

Posted in Travel