Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

February 1, 2011 | By | 2 Comments

What is the redeeming aspect of all this snow?

I notice that it forces many over-scheduled people to get access to the most valuable commodity around these days–unscheduled time!

When meetings, trips and kids activities get cancelled there arises an awareness of how you pack your days. It seems people breathe a bit when they are forced to take a snow day, especially when many others are doing the same thing.

Are packed days good for business? Extended periods without any white space in the day takes its toll on your mind and body. You only realize this when you slow down (or are forced to slow down). During periods of long days and weeks and months as a CEO, when I would finally go on vacation I’d be sick for the first few days of the trip. At least I was with my family right!

My inner Pusher loves packed days but those innovative, dreamer parts of me need space to be creative. That’s why I like plane rides – I get to dream a bit.

Then there are relationships. When I work with teams on off-sites I wonder if the biggest gift they are getting from being with me is just time to connect with each other. It’s little surprise that relationships among co-workers (especially senior execs) are so shallow and fragile. There’s little open time to for them to know each other and so many are connecting mostly via email. Hundreds of hours working together their core need for connection goes unmet. To many business managers and staff stand at the edge of a crystal clear lake dying of thirst.

Like a farmer who knows better than to fight mother nature, if you are one of the 100 million people in the US affected by the weather this week see it as an opportunity to slow down. You may make better progress as a result.

Give me your thoughts and tricks for creating white space in your day/week.

Filed in: Work/Life Balance

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Executive coach, top team facilitator, author and speaker. I work with individual leaders and their teams to help navigate personal and professional transitions and to increase leadership capacity and improve communication and relationship skills. I founded my coaching firm in 2001 following 12 years as a CEO. Check out more on me and my coaching process in my book "The Business of Wanting More: Why Some Executives Move from Success to Fulfillment and Others Don't"

Comments (2)

  1. Shere Chamness

    Brian —
    I love your concept that snow brings more *white space* into our lives. A poorly designed printed page lacks the right amount of white space (and becomes cluttered and confusing to read). So a poorly designed life becomes cluttered and difficult to live. White space to the rescue, courtesy of the snow. Great idea!

    • Shere – I am glad you picked up on this metaphor. I am very careful to not just try to manifest more work and more fame – that will just make me more busy. I want to stay focused on the entire “page”. Thanks for the illustration. Brian

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