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Slow Death through Burnout ~ 2013-0719


Leaders may know what to do to create deep change but they cannot bring themselves to begin because they are exhausted due to burn out. They simply have no energy left. These leaders need personal deep change.

There are 3 ways to confront slow death from burnout”:

  • Peace and Pay – “Keep your head down”, “Don’t Rock the Boat” Don’t Take any Risks”  – this is choosing slow death
  • Active Exit – More proactive strategy
  • Follow a preventive medicine regimen and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Maintain a mental picture that accepts the probability of leaving
  • Consider alternative career paths
  • Change jobs when possible
  • Deep Change – Most disciplined, courageous, responsible and proactive strategy
  • Personal change is a reflection of our inner growth and empowerment

When team members see leaders making personal change, it builds trust and credibility and helps team members create their own deep change. As we realign ourselves we can effectively impact our environment because success breeds success increasing our drive and energy, thus we can empower and inspire others. Doing this, we can truly become leaders and change agents.

Deep change is a spiritual process. “Deep change is the hero’s process.”  The hero finds strength, power, vitality and energy in change. Selfishness dies. Discipline and sensitivity become your foundation.

Are you a hero? Tell me your story.

CITE: Quinn, R. Deep Change: Discovering the Leader Within. (1996). San Francisco. Wiley Publishing



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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