How Steve Jobs Took Vacations

“Steve would be on vacation — and he would be pondering where the next product, the next direction for Apple, new technologies, things he’s reading,” longtime Apple engineer Tony Fadell recently said on The Tim Ferriss Show.

Apple employees were thrilled.

The boss was off in Hawaii — and for the first day or two, they had a break from the neurotic phone calls and hands-on emails that otherwise dominated their work lives.

But on day three of the trip, Steve Jobs would frequently begin thinking big picture. And he would share his greatest ambitions with his team in up to five calls per day.

“Steve would be on vacation — and he would be pondering where the next product, the next direction for Apple, new technologies, things he’s reading,” longtime Apple engineer Tony Fadell recently said on The Tim Ferriss Show.

“He used that vacation as a time to expand his thinking and get outside of the Apple day-to-day and the projects we all knew and loved.”

In the coming months, many of us as leaders will step away from our job for a week or two to go on vacation.

Some of us will likely remove ourselves entirely from our work during this period, while others will be unable to put the phone down.

While there’s no perfect strategy on how to best utilize vacation time, we may want to borrow a page from Jobs and spend some of our hours conjuring up a couple long-term leadership visions and goals for our teams.

Perhaps it’s a new product, a new strategy for meetings, a new technology we want to incorporate, but it should be something that gets beyond the minutiae of our day-to-day work lives and instead works toward our legacy.

As we stare out at the ocean, look down from the mountaintop or explore a new city in the weeks and months ahead, let’s become less consumed with what’s directly in front of us and instead stretch our eyes a little further out on the horizon.

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