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Balancing Work and Industry Events: Plan and Deliver

As last we mentioned, you need to make sure that you have your boss’s buy in for your spending time attending industry events. Here are a few more things you can do to help ensure you have her full support:

Plan for your absence

Once you are committed to attend an industry event that occurs during the workday, ensure that you plan for your absence. Often, your boss will feel less angst if she knows that pending work is being completed while you are away. Delegate key tasks to your subordinates, and ask a peer to act as a “point-person” for your team in your absence. This ensures that the work you are responsible for gets done. By identifying a peer to act as your point-person during your absence, you also reduce the risk of drowning in a flood of email and phone calls from subordinates, clients, and bosses.

Deliver on your plan

In order to ensure that you can attend future events during the workday, you must deliver on your plan. Nothing will shoot down a future request to attend an industry event during the workday faster than the memory of a debacle that occurred during your last absence. Assuming that your plan worked, ensure your boss is aware that your team rose to the occasion.

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Ed Evarts is the founder and president of Excellius Leadership Development, an organization focused on coaching mid- to senior- level leaders and their teams in business environments. With over twenty-five years of innovative leadership and management experience, Ed possesses the ability to build awareness, create action, and deliver results. Known for his business acumen, his ability to resolve complex human relations issues, and his enthusiastic, accessible and responsive style, Ed partners with managers, leaders and business teams to explore clarity and communication, and traverse conflict and change.

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