What I've learned in my later years is that leaders must focus on "brainrest." Perspective comes only when the venue changes
dramatically and you have enough time to mentally remove yourself from the usual office tensions and concerns. "Perspective"
is a term that rarely surfaces in leadership articles. We spend our time analyzing "people" and "passion" much more than that
other "P" word. But, much to my amusement, a great vacation—with no phones or computer— allows one to truly think of family
and friends, the political scene, and the future. These are things that are sometimes tough to deal with when living in everyday
work mode. But in the end, they are the things that make us more human, and in the end, more effective leaders.
Sander A. Flaum is managing partner of Flaum Partners. He can be reached at email@example.com