My friend Dave recently contacted me out of the blue, asking about an article I’d written on burnout.
“Are you ok?” I pinged back.
“Not really, been struggling of late. You’d think after a decade working in healthcare I’d know better!”
As I stared at the message, I could feel his shame emanating from my phone. Dave was kicking himself while he’s down. Which pretty much everyone does when they realize that they’re burnt out.
I should have known better.
I’m so stupid.
Something’s wrong with me.
It’s my fault.
I’m a failure.
It prompted a question that’s been lurking at the back of my mind since I started researching burnout. …
After huge career success, Chris found himself burnt to a crisp. Here, he shares how he recovered — and how he’s helping others do the same.
Some conversations stay with you, give you perspective and give you insight even days later— that’s certainly the case for my recent chat with Chris Gaither.
Chris worked as a journalist for the New York Times, The Boston Globe and the LA Times before switching to corporate communications at Google and then helping lead environmental sustainability at Apple.
In 2017, he burnt out, giving up a hugely prestigious role to recover and find out what makes him come alive. Today, he is an executive coach working with individuals and teams in environmental sustainability and social impact to help them achieve their goals and avoid burnout. …
When I boarded my flight from Melbourne to move to the United States on March 22, I assumed the pandemic would be over in a month or two, tops.
My fiancé met me at LAX and we headed north along a surreally empty Highway 101. I gazed out at green hills and palm trees as they rolled past.
“Work just announced our office is closed until sometime in May.”
“That’s cool,” I enthused. “A few weeks’ break from commuting.”
That date came and went. …