Finding Opportunity in the Summer ‘Slow Down’

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While summer vacation is at high tide the workplace usually moves to a slower beat. Leading executive coach Sonya Shelton, CEO and founder of Executive Leadership Consulting dishes on why for business leaders, the ‘summer slowdown’ presents a perfect opportunity to get ahead.

Summer 'downtime' is the perfect time for employees and business leaders to take steps to evaluate and strategize to finish the year strong.

Ah, it’s August.

And it’s evident by the mass exodus of employees out of corporate offices and to the beaches as they take advantage of that last chance for a summer getaway before school resumes and the weather begins to cool.

Peak summer vacation season often feels ‘slower’ in the workplace, but that doesn’t mean those holding down the fort—especially business leaders—should follow suit.

Sonya Shelton, international speaker, consultant and author of the book “You’re an Executive, But are You A Leader?” advises that summer downtime is the perfect time for employees and business leaders to take steps to evaluate and strategize to finish the year strong.

“Business can feel slower this time of the year as many are enjoying well-deserved time off, yet this is an ideal opportunity for business leaders to take advantage of less bustle for personal productivity and focus,” said Shelton. “Savvy executives will use this time to put new plans in place—plans that rested and energized colleagues will be ready to embrace upon their return.”

In addition to preparing for the rest of the year, Shelton advises executives to also use summer months to evaluate their businesses to ensure focus, productivity, efficiency, and successful results moving forward.

“Everything from people to processes to systems to priorities to project needs to be evaluated regularly and what better time to do that than now, before the pace picks back up?” Shelton suggests. “Think of it as giving your organization a regular check-up to make sure it’s performing at an optimal level. Many executives tend to hone in on the most obvious — profit and loss. Use this time to consider other opportunities for growth.”

For more tips and information about Executive Leadership Consulting please visit and follow Sonya Shelton on Twitter for great leadership tips and daily inspiration @SonyaShelton.

About Executive Leadership Consulting:
Sonya Shelton, CEO and founder of Executive Leadership Consulting, is the author of the book “You’re an Executive, But Are You a Leader?” As an international speaker and consultant, she shows managers and executives how to increase their leadership effectiveness so they can boost their professional and business results.

Executive Leadership Consulting offers workshops and coaching programs designed to develop leadership capability at all levels of the organization. Shelton designed the programs at Executive Leadership Consulting based on her more than 25 years’ experience as a leader in a variety of companies and industries, including the high-paced fields of publishing, advertising, and entertainment. She has worked as an executive coach and consultant with companies around the world from start-ups to Fortune 100 corporations, including Disney, Nestle, and Microsoft.

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