5 crucial steps leaders can take before their vacation

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Older leaders can gain new perspectives, keep their company relevant and improve succession planning by deliberately adding younger leaders to their teams, writes Bill Adams, founder and CEO of Leadership Circle. "In many instances, knowledge of the world trumps experience in the office, and the more perspectives included in a company's leadership, the more likely it is to offer a valuable conversation in its industry," Adams writes.
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Put it into practice: Younger workers favor company cultures that value work-life balance and offer physical and psychological safety, which older leaders may not have encountered at the start of their careers, writes Adams. "By bringing more millennials in the C-suite, older leaders would be reminded to take care of themselves and avoid burnout."
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Leaders can make their own vacation time go smoother by communicating early with their teams about their absence, providing clear, easy-to-access documentation on processes and empowering the team to make decisions, writes Komal Somani, CHRO & whole time director at ESDS Software Solution Ltd. "Guiding individuals on managing both routine tasks and unforeseen challenges cultivates a collaborative workspace," Somani writes.
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Put it into practice: Use your vacation time to emphasize the importance of every team member taking time off to relax and recharge, Somani notes. "Employees supported in taking breaks often return with increased creativity, productivity, and job satisfaction, shaping a positive and inclusive workplace culture."
Many leaders are reluctant to talk about social issues or diversity, inclusion and equity matters because they are afraid of saying the wrong thing, write diversity experts Heather Cairns-Lee and Alexander Fleischmann, who recommend creating a culture that assumes positive intent when people try to use the right language and instituting metrics and checklists to raise awareness. "In developing an inclusive culture, organizations should view inclusive leadership and communication as trainable skills. Like muscles, these skills require nurturing, with mistakes serving as valuable learning opportunities," they write.
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Put it into practice: Communicating through diverse images is essential for a company's image, Cairns-Lee and Fleischmann write, which means it's crucial to depict diverse leaders exercising authority, not just as part of the photograph. "Organizations can also create their own approved image libraries that fit with their brand standards to support their work on inclusive communication."
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To add more healthful whole foods to your diet, take small steps starting with how you buy and prepare your food, says UK-based registered nutritionist Rob Hobson, who offers three whole foods recipes and healthful eating tips. Batch cooking at home is one way to incorporate more whole foods into your dietary pattern, Hobson says, and suggests "everyone has a time of day when they're more likely to reach for a [ultra processed food], so use that as your initial focus area."
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Tail-wagging is different in dogs than in other tailed animals and probably started in ancient dogs as a means of communication, but as humans selected dogs for docile traits, tail-wagging became a common trait, according to a review published in Biology Letters. Dogs may wag their tail on one side of the body or the other depending on whether it wants to approach or withdraw from something, and the beats per minute and tail carriage can signal that a dog is happy or ready to attack, researchers say.
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