Do You Zoom Out to Recharge?

Trigger Question #6

Zooming out puts things in perspective.

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You’ve been under a lot of stress lately. Admit it.

And admit that your role comes with built-in stress. Being at or near the top of the pyramid might give you a better view, but it seldom gives you a lighter load.

Now admit that the heaviness comes, not from the workload, but from the emotional overload. Especially today.

And admit it, social distancing (thanks, lingering viruses) does not stop your colleagues and employees coming much, much closer with their feelings, demands, fears, issues, insecurities, phobias, beliefs and even hopes (thanks, culture wars).

Now that you have done all that admitting, I ask you: What do you do to recharge?

You know it’s nonsense that you can’t leave your job for a well-deserved rest. But you don’t take time off, do you? It’s plain stupid not to see the need to recharge your batteries. Even your laptop knows that!

Thanks to virtual meetings, we know you can zoom out just as easily as you can zoom in. It is your choice.

But why should you zoom out to recharge? Because zooming out puts things in perspective, that’s why.

Here’s the leadership catch. Your choice of how you take care of yourself ultimately shows in how you take care of those who depend on you. Employees, colleagues, customers. And your family.

Welcome to my side of the nonsense divide.

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