Reboot your life by taking a sabbatical

Thinking about taking a break from the working world? You’re not alone. The “Sabbatical Sisters” — Catherine Allen, Nancy Bearg, Rita Foley and Jaye Smith — advocate people give themselves the “gift of time” by taking a sabbatical in their book, “Reboot Your Life: Energize Your Career & Life by Taking a Break.”

Reuters interviewed Bearg, a national security consultant, about incorporating sabbaticals into one’s life.

Why take a sabbatical?

We think everyone needs one. There are a number of different reasons to do it. People who are stressed out from work, tired, people who need a career change. People who are nearing retirement might want to take a break to contemplate what to do in retirement.

How popular are these sabbaticals in the private sector?

They’re becoming more popular. We’ve coined the term “reboot break,” because people associate sabbaticals with academia. We say sabbaticals — reboot breaks — are for everyone.

We’ve noticed more corporations are offering sabbaticals. There are three different kinds of sabbaticals. One is a workplace sabbatical, where you leave your job and come back to it. There is the between-gigs sabbatical, where you leave your job and go to something different. Then there’s the unexpected sabbatical, where you lose your job and take some time to figure out what you want to do.

6 reasons your business hates you

South Korean fighting bulls lock horns with each other during a 2005 Seoul bullfighting festival April 30, 2005. REUTERS/You Sung-Ho

South Korean fighting bulls lock horns with each other during a 2005 Seoul bullfighting festival April 30, 2005. REUTERS/You Sung-Ho

– Jeff Haden writes for BNET. This article originally appeared here. The views expressed are his own. –

Sadly, many people grow to hate their businesses. (You may be one of them.) What you once loved has become a source of disillusionment, pressure, and stress. You’re sick of your business.

Why startups should embrace conflict

– Jeff Bussgang is a general partner at Flybridge Capital Partners and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School. He is the author of “Mastering the VC Game” and writes the blog “Seeing Both Sides“. The views expressed are his own. –

One of my favorite business books of all time is Patrick Lencioni’s “Five Dysfunctions of a Team”. Like all books by Lencioni, it begins with a short fable in a corporate setting of a management team that is operating dysfunctionally. Then he provides a framework that analyzes the situation and draws out the general lessons as to why teams operate poorly together and how to systematically combat it.

The following pyramid graphic summarizes his advice:

Each of the layers of the pyramid resonate with me (which is probably why I have this pyramid printed and hung up in my office), but the one that I always come back to and re-read is “Fear of Conflict”. Again and again, I see management teams and boards of directors shy away from conflict.

The entrepreneurial stress test

– Neil Patel is a serial entrepreneur that blogs about business at Quick Sprout and is the co-founder of KISSmetrics. The views expressed are his own. –

It’s been roughly 10 years since I started my entrepreneurial journey. There were definitely good times as well as times where I felt like ripping my hair out. However, looking back to when I first started, even though I made a ton of mistakes, for some reason they always led me in the right direction.

Now, you could say that it’s because I am persistent, but I wouldn’t agree to that being the reason. Scrappiness is another quality that people believe I have, but again I don’t think that’s what got me to where I am either.