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  • feedwordpress 08:00:47 on 2019/06/17 Permalink
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    How to Tell Your Boss to Stop Texting You on the Weekend 


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    She was the sixth executive assistant to leave in the past year, and her boss—my coaching client—had no clue why he was losing so many employees. He kept telling me what a great leader he was. But as you’ve likely heard me say before, people don’t leave jobs, they leave leaders. To get to the bottom of the situation, I got permission from my client to talk with the six assistants who had left him.

    They didn’t need much encouragement—they were all eager to speak. And each of them cited the same issue: getting work texts on the weekend. Not just as an occasional thing in the face of a crisis or deadline, but constantly, as an extension of the work week.

    They all had similar responses:

    “If my boss is texting me, I need to reply immediately.”

    “If my boss is texting me, it makes me nervous and puts me on edge.”

    “If my boss is texting me, I feel I have to get the task done right away, because it must be important.”

    Before sharing the news with my client, I offered his former employees some coaching in case the situation came up again. Here are the strategies I shared them for dealing with a text-happy boss:

    Communicate up front. When you get hired, tell your boss, “I am available while at work, but once I am home, I value my time with my family, so unless it’s an emergency please don’t text me on weekends.”

    State expectations. As another approach, you can say “If you have a need to text me on the weekends, know that I probably won’t be able to respond right away, because the weekend is my time to regroup and reset.”

    Reinforce the message. If your boss doesn’t get the message and persists in texting you on the weekend, remind them of your policy with your actions—in other words, don’t answer until you’re back in the office on Monday.

    Manage the context. If the texts persist, respond with a simple message: “I will get to this on Monday.” Unless it’s an emergency, treat it as an opportunity to learn about managing relationships and maintaining boundaries.

    Train your boss. Work with your boss to establish such great communication during the week that they don’t feel the need to try to reach you on the weekends.

    Lead from within: Any boss will want to get the most of their employees. It’s the employees who need to draw appropriate boundaries and speak up when it’s too much.

     


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  • feedwordpress 09:00:05 on 2019/01/31 Permalink
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    8 Things Successful Leaders Do on Weekends 


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    Successful leaders have a passion for what they do, so they work hard and keep long hours. But as we all know, it’s difficult to keep up with that pace no matter how motivated you are. Every leader needs down time to avoid burning out. With the leaders I coach, I emphasize the weekends as the time to take a much-needed break and restore themselves so they’re ready to get the most out of the week ahead.

    Here are some of the top weekend habits from the leaders I coach around the world:

    1.They disconnect. For many leaders, the weekend is a time to shut down and turn everything off. In our hyperconnected world, we have to unplug to clear our head and find peace. On weekends, put away the phone and computer for a couple of hours. Disconnect from the world and reconnect with yourself.

    2. They read. Many great leaders are voracious readers, and the weekend is a great time to catch up on with some books and articles. As a bonus, try to find something that’s challenging and interesting but has nothing to do with your work. History and biographies can be especially compelling.

    3. They spend time with their loved ones. Lots of leaders use their weekends to connect with the important people in their lives. Make sure you take a weekly opportunity to carve out quality time with those who mean the most to you.

    4. They plan. Successful leaders devote at least part of their weekends to planning ahead. The weekend often provides the right mental space to be thoughtful about little details that might otherwise get lost in the hectic work week.

    5. They take on a hobby. Great leaders often use their spare time to cultivate an interest or a hobby. Hobbies and outside interests help keep you multidimensional and better able to relate to others.

    6. They exercise. Great leaders understand the importance of exercising. It’s not only healthy for the body but also a great way to clear your mind and thinking. Exercising in nature can be especially helpful in restoring mind, heart and soul, according to many of my clients.

    7. They recharge. We live in a competitive world, and every successful leader knows they always have to be at their best. Peak performance requires a lot of energy, so a weekend recharge is imperative to fuel the week ahead.

    8. They volunteer. Successful leaders use their weekends to give back to their communities. There are many charitable groups and organizations where you can spend your time making a meaningful contribution to a worthwhile cause.

    Lead from within: Everyone needs down time to relax, refresh and to recharge their mind, body and soul. Weekends offer that opportunity for successful leaders.

     


     

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    The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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