Our COO told me last week that I need to work harder. So I decided to take a day off. And it felt wonderful… Why? Because I’ve been burning the candle at both ends for the past six months, trying to turn around a troubled team/office. We’ve doubled expectations, but *company* numbers are down (largely because of poor corporate strategy two years ago that hit us last year) which means all Directors like me are under a ton of pressure to squeeze more miracles out of our teams.
But after countless 12 hour days, our COO told me last week that my team needs to show more urgency. I’m certain he’s had the same talk with every Director, but this had the opposite effect on me — I can’t work harder, and my team can’t perform any better, so if that is not enough — if he is just going to increase the pressure — than it is up to me to ease off the gas. After all, he’ll take everything I give and then demand more. If I get burned out and can’t perform (or look for work if he cuts me), who loses? Me.
I took yesterday off for R&R. And it was ***awesome***. I feel soooo much better. I may take some more days off.
And to think I wouldn’t have done it if the COO hadn’t told me that my 12 hour days weren’t enough.