Before evolving into a marketing executive, R F Timberlake & Company's president began his award-winning media career as a broadcast and print journalist helping the news industry to gravitate towards more in-depth and investigative reporting. Frank Timberlake taught broadcast and advertising, managed numerous political campaigns and operated media outlets with Linda, his wife and business partner. He has never been shy about speaking his mind. Having limited Frank to the subject of marketing, we hope you will enjoy Frankly Speaking, a marcom blog.
VACATION IS OVER! WOW! Or I Got Away on Vacation But Not Entirely
For now, vacation is over and we had a fine time. It was fairly peaceful, except for some weather. It was restful. And, it was thoughtful.
I know plenty of people who make the usual comments about vacations: "Changed my name and moved to a monastery." "Did not move a muscle and loved every minute of it." " Spent the entire time climbing a mountain and never thought about anything except surviving."
The value placed on a vacation is just as different as we all are different. But more often than not, there is this idea that we should totally disconnect from work and activities.
I think that we at R F Timberlake & Company owe part of our success to the fact that we run the gamete as far as client size. We prove our value with knowledge and performance to large corporate clients as we run back and forth from them to the small entrepreneurial clients. The advantage is that we can take certain thought and performance values and processes from one to the other, which in the end makes us more entrepreneurial which brings me back to my vacation.
Yes I played, yes I cooked out and ate out and yes I rested. But as a forward thinker with an entrepreneurial focus, I first let myself roll through a myriad of "what ifs" for our company and then I did the same for the client side of the business. I ended up with a few sheets of paper (I said vacation, thus I kept Droid on silent, the laptop closed and the tablet was allowed to approach me only with something wonderful to read or a game) with some pretty good ideas for our company, some of our clients and for some people we all ought to devote more time, future customers and clients.
I did none of this on a certain day or a certain time so it was all spontaneous, another great entrepreneurial attribute.
Did I have a great vacation? Yes! Did I work? No! Working is when you execute your strategic plan and have to respond to people and occurrences. I did not work. I thought! And Frankly Speaking, all our businesses would be a little better if we spent more time in thought! If it takes a vacation to accomplish this, so be it.