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PODCAST EPISODE 38: KAITLYN LYONS | EXECUTIVE WELL-BEING AND BURNOUT COACH, DELIGHTFUL MOVEMENT



When you are burnt out, the simplest task can seem like a mountain to scale. Things that used to stir your passions no longer inspire you. A long weekend or a massage isn’t going to make it go away, either, says Executive Well-Being and Burnout Coach Kaitlyn Lyons of Delightful Movement. Kaitlyn knows this because she experienced it firsthand; always a top performer in her career in the corporate world, one day, she just couldn’t muster the interest or enthusiasm she once had in her work. She was low energy, high apathy, and a spa vacation or a good night’s sleep didn’t do anything to change that. After making the appropriate changes in her life, she now enables others to recognize and heal from their own burnout.


Here are my three big takeaways from the conversation:


  1. Leaders should be able to recognize what burnout looks like and take appropriate measures to help their team members if they suspect they are headed towards burnout.

  2. Burnout can take six to twelve months to heal from, and there are both emotional and financial costs to it, for both the individual and the team.

  3. Leaders should set policies and model behavior to encourage team members to take care of their own well-being and get ahead of burnout.


Burnout is widespread and Gallup warns that the next global crisis may be a mental health pandemic. I think you’ll find insight and actionable ways to alleviate burnout in yourself and your team in this episode. Enjoy and stay well!




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SHOW NOTES

The Truth Behind Burnout, by Christina Maslach and Michael P. Leiter

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown



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TRANSCRIPT


Kaitlyn: I think you kind of have this notion in our culture that burnout isn't really a big deal or it's just like, oh, like you could just take a weekend off or go to the spa or like start doing yoga and you'll be fine. And I think the most important thing to understand is that burnout is actually an incredibly serious and severe condition.

Aaron: I'm Aaron Levy. And I have this vision of a workplace where your manager doesn't suck; where instead your manager is your coach helping you to reach your full potential. I founded Raise The Bar, wrote Open, Honest, and Direct, and started this podcast to help companies transform their workplace to a place where both the company and employee succeeds.


In this podcast, I get to interview leaders who built high-performing teams an