“So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to  work.” -Peter Drucker 

We are excited about our upcoming series of expert panel discussions on both the business and personal case for a powerful leadership response to employee wellness. We will examine the challenges at the individual, team, enterprise, and societal levels.  

This video begins with Bryan Sykes announcing that “burn out” recently became an official disease with its own ICD codes and paths to treatment. 

Next, we feature a conversation, a trip down memory lane, held early in the Pandemic between Marie Geneviève Pawlak and Adrienne Guerrero. It’s important to note, Marie and Adrienne are indeed experts in their field, but this conversation was not from their expertise, but rather Marie facilitating an open dialogue where participants share their experiences, challenges, and strategies for coping with burnout. They got real! And while this is from a time that may feel both long ago and just recently, the conversation still holds relevant today. This is why we will continue talking about it and the broader discussion of employee wellbeing in our upcoming panels. 


Introduction to burnout and the conversation format, encouraging active participation from attendees. 

– Discussion of personal experiences with burnout, including feelings of exhaustion, zoom fatigue, and blurred boundaries between work and personal life. 

– Exploration of factors contributing to burnout, such as non-stop emails, longer workdays without commutes, and the absence of distinct breaks between work and home life. 

– Recognition of the importance of setting boundaries, taking breaks, and prioritizing self-care activities to combat burnout. 

– Reflection on the role of leadership in promoting a healthy work-life balance, including encouraging employees to take time off and lead by example. 

– Suggestions for practical strategies to alleviate burnout, such as scheduling regular breaks, engaging in physical activity, spending time in nature, and practicing mindfulness or meditation. 

– Acknowledgment of the need for ongoing communication, self-awareness, and support within both personal and professional spheres to address and mitigate burnout effectively.

We call this a community of conversation because at its root, it is to “change together.” It is transformative, it is an exchange—of energy, of words, of care, of faith in the process and belief that we can together build resilience and foster a Leadership Beyond. 

We welcome your voice in this important dialogue.

Tom & Adrienne