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Can Science Save Us From a Failed State of Burnout? | Joe Robinson

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This is hard to see when we're in the middle of false beliefs that appear so believable that it seems rational to put health, family, and long-term problems on hold for short-term external goals -- such as performance, power, money, status -- that are ephemeral and, as the research shows, don't deliver what we want.• The more importance placed on wealth aspirations, the poorer the well-being. (1)• <>When self-esteem is based on external measures, there is more stress, anger, and substance abuse. (2)• The stronger the financial goal, the lower the satisfaction with family life. (3)The training is embedded deep: More hours are better, all value lies in performance, stepping back to think or refuel is a sin, bravado rules, false short-term emergencies are more important than real, long-term ones.I see it up close and personal in my stress management and productivity trainings at organizations around the country. Quantity of hours is confused with quality, how "hard" the person works (how long) takes priority over excellence or results, the most basic management tool -- boundaries -- is seen as weakness.The true source of productivity in the knowledge economy isn't the Burnout Model -- just keep going till the paramedics arrive; use everything up now, forget about later -- it's who's got the freshest brain. Anything that undercuts the chief productivity tool, attention, is counterproductive. Being able to take more, beat yourself up more, endure more, have less of a life than the next person, is a fool's errand for work, life, and leadership

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