A Four-Day Work Week?
Snapshot management won the War, and its practitioners arranged their lives accordingly:
* Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery “never allowed any crisis, however serious, to keep him up past his 9:30 bedtime,” wrote Michael Korda in “Ike.” The exception was when his boss, Prime Minister Churchill was on the scene and stayed up until 3 or 4 in the morning. Further, I remember many years ago reading that Montgomery in the field operated out of trailers—one for living and sleeping, another that contained all the maps and communications gear. Once the plans were made and the orders given, nothing more could be done on his end. He went to bed, got some sleep and woke up refreshed, able to deal with the results of the previous day’s action.
* “Having made his decision [that D-Day would take place on June 6], Ike left his commanders to get on with implementing it and went back to the trailer for a few hours of sleep,” Korda wrote. “He was not the kind of man to waste time second-guessing once a decision was made. He knew that the tension through the night would be electric at Southwick House, as orders were passed out setting the whole huge operation in motion again. He had no need to be there, and no wish to be part of the noise and drama.”
* George Marshall kept regular hours, going for a morning horseback ride before breakfast and getting home by 6:30 or 7, in time for dinner with his wife.
Life and Business Sans E-mails
Obviously none of these men had e-mails. Gen. Marshall had a dictum that if anyone had something of importance to tell him, his door was always open and he was ready to listen. Woe betided the subordinate who stuttered or interrupted Marshall to report trivia.