“Delayed by storm. Send instructions.”
His boss e-mails back: “Start vacation immediately!”
Moral of the story. True sales professionals know that in order to succeed at sales, when you are out on the road, at times you need to be independent and make decisions for yourself. All road trips are subject to a change in the schedule without any advance warning. Sales pros have contingency tasks and plans at hand should some time suddenly open up on their schedule at the last minute. In short, when you're on the road and if it's in the best interests of the company, just do it! It's always easier to ask for forgiveness once you're back in the office than it is to ask for permission or instructions ahead of time. Show your manager that you are too dependent on him to make small decisions about your work; and that vacation he'll want you to take could end up being a permanent one.
"You can't get mad at weather because weather is not about you. Apply that lesson to most other aspects of life." - Douglas Coupland