Written by RMI’s MD, Ken Kemp. Have a day off from your team – just don’t tell them first! If you have an individual or a team who reports to you, take a day off without announcing it in advance. Simply phone in that morning to tell them. You will then have a truer reflection of how able people are able to cope without you.

Whether the result when you are back in the office is a pleasant surprise or a nasty shock, you can build on that for the future. Wiping people’s noses for them doesn’t do anyone or any business any long term favours. Leaving them to it and the subsequent results might make you question your own management and leadership style and ability, and perhaps their independence, both of which are fantastic things to do.