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 (email@example.com) or John Doe (firstname.lastname@example.org). Arrivederci!"