Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Best "Out of Office" Message Ever

When I work with senior leaders in an organization, one of the hardest things for them to do is learn to let go and delegate. Even with a crushing burden on their shoulders, they resist the process of engaging their colleagues and subordinates in helping them do the best job possible.

I recently received this "out of office" email response - and was inspired by the message it sends beyond the information it conveys:

"I am on a much anticipated Italian cycling vacation from Venice to Ravenna. I will limp back to my desk on Monday. I am SO looking forward to disconnecting from technology - so I will not be checking emails or phone messages. This means that you will have to lean hard on my able team: Jane Smith ( or John Doe ( Arrivederci!"

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