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The Role of Stress in Burnout

More than one author has drawn a straight line between stress and burnout, but the journey from stress to burnout isn’t a straight line.  It’s a winding road that includes stressors, appraisal, and the fundamentals of burnout. Understanding Stress Before we can explain the effects of stress on burnout, we need to more fully comprehend […]

Escaping Burnout When You Don’t Have Control

When you’re in burnout, you feel stuck.  Burnout is defined by exhaustion, cynicism, and inefficacy.  In our bathtub model of burnout, we say that your personal agency “bathtub” is filled by results, support, and self-care.  It’s drained by the demands you place on yourself and the demands of others.  While it’s sometimes hard to ask […]

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Post-Traumatic Growth

Nurses and other emergency responders see some of the worst that humanity has to offer.  Whether the trauma is caused by a natural event or human cruelty, the impact cannot be overstated.  When you experience a trauma first- or second-hand through working with those who are injured, and you see awful things, your mind and […]

Getting Help Instead of Burned Out

No one wants to end up in burnout, but it seems like everyone does at some point in their lives.  While there are some factors, we have limited control of, the one that seems like we have the least influence on is actually one we can influence the most. Burnout is defined by, of course, […]

Overcoming Burnout on Take the Lead Radio

We, Rob and Terri, recorded a podcast with Dr. Diane Hamilton on Take the Lead Radio. In it, we share how people get burned out and offer advice and tips to avoid it. We also talk about our book, Extinguish Burnout, and talk about how to identify what might be silently burning you out and […]

Burnout Comes From Everything, But Not Anything!

If you ask a young child what they want to be when they grow up you might get answers like firefighter, policeperson, astronaut, professional athlete, musician, actor, teacher, scientist, doctor or veterinarian.  Any of those careers – and the countless others not mentioned – are great things for a child to aspire to.  However, the […]

Hope to Prevent Burnout

People who are experiencing burnout often wonder how they will get out of it.  There is a simple answer, but it requires a complex explanation.  The simple answer is “hope.”  The problem is that this simple answer doesn’t make sense when viewed from a position of exhaustion, cynicism, and inefficacy.  How can such a little […]

Burnout from Maximizers

It’s good to have high standards, right?  Virtue is “moral excellence,” so wanting excellence is a virtue, right?  Certainly, having high standards can be good; however, when you move from wanting good to expecting only the best, you lead yourself down the road of broken expectations towards burnout. Maximizers and Satisficers Herbert Simon began with […]

Extinguish Burnout Podcast on Next For Me

Terri and I recorded a podcast with Next For Me, which was released in their Mindset Makeover newsletter last week. In it, we speak with Jeff Tidwell about why we started writing about burnout and how burnout affects both people and organizations. You can listen in on the Next For Me website here: https://nextforme.com/extinguish-burnout-by-terri-and-rob-bogue/ .

Burnout Rubber Bands

Rubber bands are amazing things.  The can power flight in the form of balsa wood planes.  They can hold things together.  They may just be strips of stretchy rubber, but they can be useful for a variety of purposes.  The limitations of rubber bands is that, when you stretch them too much, you break them, […]

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