My Inc.com story today, “On the Road Too Much? How Travel Warps Your Values and What To Do About It” begins
On the Road Too Much? How Travel Warps Your Values and What To Do About It
Everyone cares about the environment until they get on a plane
Would you do an activity that led youÂ to lose perspective so much that you couldn’t tell the difference?
This article is about values, the most important foundation of leadership, business, and relationships, or close to it.Â It’s aboutÂ you doing thingsÂ you would fire your CFO for.
TravelÂ leads to confusingÂ values this muchÂ by nearly everyone who travels a lot. I’ll write about its effects on the environment, but it similarly distorts our views on time, relationships, distance, and more. We business peopleÂ travel more than most, meaning you’reÂ susceptible to your values becoming corrupted.
For example, The New York Times’Â 10 Ways to Be a Greener Traveler, Even if You Love to FlyÂ confusesÂ values so muchÂ it suggestsÂ closing your laptop lidÂ compares to how much traveling pollutes. Hint to the Times: laptops use so much less power than a jet taking off that they are qualitatively different–in other words, negligible. Besides, you can close the lid without traveling, so it’sÂ irrelevant.
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