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Why We Glorify Overwork and Refuse to Rest

Why We Glorify Overwork and Refuse to Rest

Nearly half of all U.S. workers fail to use all their allotted vacation days, according to a recent survey from Pew Research Center. The reasons they cite include having too much to do, concern about falling behind at work, and a reluctance to ask coworkers to cover...

I’m a Millennial and I Refuse to Burn Out

I’m a Millennial and I Refuse to Burn Out

I’m a Millennial and I Refuse to Burn Out As a professional working musician, I’ve always had to have multiple sources of income. As an ambitious millennial (not that other kind of millennial), I’ve also wanted to do and learn a lot of things. Together, these...

To Coach Leaders, Ask the Right Questions

To Coach Leaders, Ask the Right Questions

Lucas B. is the CEO of a well-known multibillion dollar company whose survival was at risk at the height of the pandemic. Many analysts had written it off. Lucas had a strategy for returning the company to profitability, which his board supported, but he was...

Why We Glorify Overwork and Refuse to Rest

Why We Glorify Overwork and Refuse to Rest

This article was originally published in Harvard Business Review (2023) Nearly half of all U.S. workers fail to use all their allotted vacation days, according to a recent survey from Pew Research Center.  The reasons they cite include having too much to do, concern...

To Lead Better Under Stress, Understand Your Three Selves

To Lead Better Under Stress, Understand Your Three Selves

Alice is the 38-year-old CEO of a New York-based consulting startup that was growing rapidly when we began working with her in early 2020. Then the pandemic struck. Alice was compelled to quickly pivot the company from providing most of its services face-to-face to...

What Happens When Teams Fight Burnout Together

What Happens When Teams Fight Burnout Together

This post originally appeared on the Harvard Business Review Blog. Here’s a vexing paradox. On the one hand, companies are offering more wellness and well-being options than ever before, including mindfulness and yoga classes, nap rooms, and fitness facilities. On the...

Create a Growth Culture, Not a Performance-Obsessed One

Create a Growth Culture, Not a Performance-Obsessed One

Here’s the dilemma: In a competitive, complex, and volatile business environment, companies need more from their employees than ever. But the same forces rocking businesses are also overwhelming employees, driving up their fear, and compromising their capacity. It’s...

Embracing All of Who You Are

Embracing All of Who You Are

Flashback to the 2020 Summer Olympics Simone Biles, the greatest gymnast ever, got so discombobulated by the pressure she felt to win at the Olympics that she walked away from a competition she was expected to completely dominate. Allostatic overload refers to the...

To Coach Leaders, Ask the Right Questions

To Coach Leaders, Ask the Right Questions

Coaching CEOs: What Are You Not Seeing? Lucas B. is the CEO of a well-known multibillion dollar company whose survival was at risk at the height of the pandemic. Many analysts had written it off. Lucas had a strategy for returning the company to profitability, which...

Reinventing the Workplace:  Meeting Employee Mental Needs

Reinventing the Workplace: Meeting Employee Mental Needs

What Mental Needs Do Employees Have? Focus and prioritization are primary sources of pain in many organizations today. Technological overload is one of the primary causes. Never before have we been subjected to so much incoming information, so continuously, and with...

Reinventing the Workplace: Meeting Employee Spiritual Needs

Reinventing the Workplace: Meeting Employee Spiritual Needs

What Spiritual Needs Do Employees Have? No single factor in the study influences people’s job satisfaction and likelihood to stay at an organization as much as feeling connected to their company’s mission, and finding a sense of meaning and purpose in their work....

The Rhythm of Great Performance

The Rhythm of Great Performance

More Rest, More Revenue For nearly 15 years, I’ve been making the case — in my writing and with corporate clients — that employees can be more productive by working fewer hours and taking more time for rest and renewal during the work day. At my company, the Energy...

Six Ways to Refuel Your Energy Every Day

Six Ways to Refuel Your Energy Every Day

Are you working longer hours, attending more meetings, taking shorter vacations, answering more emails and eating lunch at your desk, if you eat lunch at all? Does demand in your life just keep getting higher, so you’re struggling more and more just to keep up? Are...