I think Dr. Beverly Potter's comments
on my "Leadership
Assessment" post are worth repeating in a main
post. I would
highly recommend Beverly's books, Preventing
Burnout, Transforming Work Pressures into
Productivity and Overcoming
Job Burnout, How to Renew Enthusiasm for Work.
The first book was a great help to me several years ago
when overload was
edging toward burnout.
Dr. Potter notes:
Burnout is a kind
of job depression, caused
by feelings of uncontrollability – powerlessness. It
diminishes motivation and
stressful, but not caused by
stress. Stress and burnout are not on a continuum.
Stress MUST be dealt with
because, when left unchecked, it can lead to health
issues. But reducing stress
does not reduce burnout, except when doing so
increases your sense of control.
The process is
unique for each person. So the
first step is to identify what is getting you down.
Begin by noticing what is
going on each time that you get “that” feeling. then
makes notes on it in a
journal. After several days, review your “data’,
looking for patterns. Those
patterns point to the causes of your burnout and to
the intervention points.
For more info on
the symptoms., causes and
what to do about burnout visit my site where I have
many articles on overcoming
job burnout. -docpotter
There are many helpful books out there on avoiding or dealing
with job burnout. Take advantage of
them. When working with your Executive Coach, tell them
what you have been