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Six Ways to Take Your Micro-Sabbatical

January 22, 2010

My pastor recently took a three-month sabbatical. I imagined him sleeping in until ten every morning, followed by extensive periods of crossword puzzles and personal grooming. But he assured me that his time off was really more professional in nature: he studied up on the Emergent Church, and did a biblical tour of Turkey.


Am I jealous? No, of course not. Resentful is probably a better word. Not that I dislike my job, but the idea of taking three months off to focus on just-for-me time, well, that’s hard to stop fantasizing about. In fact, I already have it planned: the German lessons; the family rafting trip; the Executive Strategy conference; the monastery retreat; the writing seminar; the culinary tour of Spain – I would keep very, very busy working just on me.

Although sabbaticals are a defining element of academic life, they are practically unheard of in the corporate world. Yet I keep hoping they will catch on, since I have noticed a handful of culturally hip companies are paving the way by offering corporate sabbaticals as a means of retaining superstar employees and spurring innovation.

To continue reading, click here to read my guest post at Michael Hyatt’s Blog, Leading With Purpose.

(And thanks to nAncY for the photograph, used with permission.)

8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 23, 2010 5:17 pm

    What a worthy post to be hosted by Mike Hyatt. Great job, Brad!

  2. January 25, 2010 10:28 am

    Bravo — I have always applauded the idea of taking sabbaticals, whether you’re running a company or raising a family. When my son was much younger, I would go on retreat at a local Jesuit house with three friends from my women’s spirituality group. We always returned home refreshed, ready to meet new challenges. These were short “sabbaticals” — but essential to our spiritual and secular lives.

    Likewise, when I worked as a weekly newspaper columnist, I would ask my editor for a couple of weeks off in order to keep my writing and my topics fresh. When I had to undergo serious surgery, I knew I couldn’t focus as needed on my writing, so I took a two-month sabbatical then. Best thing I did.

  3. January 25, 2010 8:08 pm

    I’m a few days late reading this (had kind of a busy week!) It is excellent! Love the writing and the ideas to rejuvenate! Have tried some of them myself in the past and totally agree with you.

    And congrats for being on Micheal Hyatt’s site!

  4. January 26, 2010 3:15 pm

    Why am I not surprised? I followed a link to Hyatt’s guest post invitation, and then started looking to see who he would actually publish. Brad.

    And a great post it is! Please don’t forget us once your fame takes off.

  5. January 26, 2010 6:30 pm

    Thanks for your comments guys. It was nice to get a few here instead of schlepping over to Hyatt’s blog!! It was a real thrill to have him run this post. And Sam, about that fame thing? I think you are a couple steps ahead of me, Mister Big-Time Book Author with a Cool Title!

    • January 28, 2010 4:28 pm

      You know, as long as we continue thinking the other is ahead, this could work out all right. We’ll not only stay humble but also exchange regular doses of affirmation.

  6. May 13, 2010 9:57 am

    Chill Sesh. I will use it always. Coined by Camel.

    Have an entirely moisturizing day at the water hole ~ fill those humps for the dry times ahead. I believe passionately in the truth of this post. Do it often, as in frequently. 🙂

    Chill Sesh. IT’s very hard to say many times in a row.


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