E. Steven Emanuel
Absolutely. In an IT leadership role, if you don’t have this trait, either you have lots of superior workaholics working for you or your not committed to that “next strategy”
The only way I’ve “turned work off” is to travel where I can NOT be in contact with work. A cruise or travel to some remote islands or parts of Mexico is planned at least every 18-24 months. I may still take a small project, but usually I can complete it with the silence and lack of email so I feel accomplishment but have time to relax.
Family vacations are set with early morning work (usually before anyone is up) and the Blackberry is not carried during the day. So far, the two vacation combinations have worked and I still find doing what we all find a challenge to be day to day rewarding.