Nope, this is not a post about excercise. It's about relocation. I was reading an article this morning about JC Penny's CEO who didn't relocate to Texas and continues to commute weekly from Palo Alto via Gulfstream. Not only does he parachute in, so does most of his executive team. Yet people ask themselves why the turnaround at JC Penny isn't going as planned?
Although I have to admit I've never had an executive who flew in regularly via Gulfstream......nor will I ever but I've had my share of remote execs in positions at startups or in my teams. One simple point to make: it never WORKED!!!!
As much as people will argue with you that they will be THERE from Monday to Fridar (or Thursday) it just isn't the same as living there. Quite simply, in the evenings you are alone and away from your family. This stresses the executive out mid-term. Further, you are not here on the weekends and you usually are never around for the semi-work type events which take place outside of the normal daily grind. These two factors alone usually lead to failure of this setup. I am sure there are exceptions to the rule but my experience over the past 20 years shows otherwise.
As an executive (or even regular employee) you have to commit. Remaining remote leaves the air of an exit option. It's a backdoor in other people's minds. It also keeps you from getting attached. Let's presume you actually love your job. Why would you complicate things if it's for the long haul? Sure, it's tough to relocate the kids or make your spouse find a new job. But if you plan on doing something 100% and not just short term, you have to make the move. Conversely, if you don't make the move as fast as possible, you're only deferring your full commitment to the new role. Get off your butt and move!