Make Your Business Travel Count

For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on business travel the image shows a man in a suit checking into a hotel.

Business travel is back on, even if it’s not as routine as it was pre-2020.

In a recent discussion with executive team members located across the country in various locations, we talked about the value of strategic thinking when on business trips.

If you’re already taking the time away from your family and your current workload to travel, it’s important to maximize these travel opportunities beyond the immediate goals of the trip.

In other words, don’t just fulfill a purpose and leave. Leverage that time effectively.

Whether meeting teams, engaging directly with stakeholders whom you may have only met on Zoom before, or connecting with clients and contacts in new cities, the key lies in a strategic approach to make the business trip as advantageous as possible for you.

This shift in perspective emphasizes the need to think beyond the immediate agenda and consider the broader impact of these trips on personal growth, company objectives, and career advancement. Taking the initiative to reach out, schedule face-to-face meetings, or connect with contacts in new and innovative ways can exponentially benefit both the individual and the organization.

In short, if you’re about to embark on a business trip, consider broadening your focus and embracing it as an opportunity for growth and advancement.

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Jo Ilfeld, PhD

An executive leadership coach, Jo helps C-suite leaders, executives, and high-potential managers develop the flexibility, skill, and frame of mind to meet the challenges of the next five, ten, twenty years…. and beyond. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on four core areas of leadership development. Check out Jo's bio page for more information.

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