Are We Too Afraid to Think Outside the Box?

                  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 … Continue reading Are We Too Afraid to Think Outside the Box?

TEDx Presentation: Burnout, PTSD, and ADAAA

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

Warning Signs of Burnout: 6 Symptoms That I Didn’t Ignore

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

Working Wisdom: Every Minute Has the Power of Choice

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

Working Wisdom: Is Apathy the Worst of All Evils?

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?

Is There a Link Between Multitasking and Presenteeism?

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?