Are we destroying the environment that created visionaries like Steve Jobs? In an era of constant and often unforeseeable change, why do businesses predominantly focus on linear, quantitatively-driven logic to solve problems – even if these old ideas are what contributed to the problems in the first place? In this age of “big data,” have … Continue reading Are We Too Afraid to Think Outside the Box?
It’s been a month since my last blog post – but the reason for this delay was an exciting one. I was given the opportunity to present at a TEDx event on February 19, 2014. My topic? Burnout and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: More Similar Than You Think… Don’t panic – this wasn’t a dry, … Continue reading TEDx Presentation: Burnout, PTSD, and ADAAA
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I inadvertently became a participant or statistic in my on-going research into what causes and maintains employee burnout during organizational change. The situation: I was a new full-time faculty member at a university that was attempting to transform itself and I had no control over the constantly changing … Continue reading Warning Signs of Burnout: 6 Symptoms That I Didn’t Ignore
Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. - Stephen Covey Life should not be a series of knee jerk reactions to the stuff that happens to us. When things become chaotic, when we have too … Continue reading Working Wisdom: Every Minute Has the Power of Choice
Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings. - Helen Keller (1880-1968), from her book "My Religion" (1927). Apathy precedes burnout. As workers descend the burnout spiral, their original hope deteriorates into frustration, anger and … Continue reading Working Wisdom: Is Apathy the Worst of All Evils?
Ah, the joy and satisfaction of multitasking. You can do your laundry, watch a TV show, prepare an expense report and brainstorm ideas on new marketing campaigns all at the same time. What a great way to save time and get more done! Yeah, right. The problem is that we're not robots. On paper, multitasking … Continue reading Is There a Link Between Multitasking and Presenteeism?