A Sabbatical By Any Other Name


I just got back from my annual sabbatical--the two weeks I take every year to rest, renew and rethink my business and my life. It's two weeks I look forward to every year and by the time I get it, I can really use it! However, I have to confess that those two weeks aren't really free of work.

In fact, thinking about my work and my life is very hard work indeed. And while it's great to pretend that I am really away, the truth is it's a vacation in name only. I'm not complaining. Those two weeks gazing at the ocean are exactly what I need to let fresh air and fresh ideas in. The end of those two weeks mark the beginning of the new year for me. I come back charged up and ready to go.

Now, the idea of a sabbatical is different from a vacation. It's more a time to explore special interests or achieve specific goals, and many firms are adopting this idea of extended paid leave.

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