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Burnout doesn’t just affect ordinary workers. It is also a major problem among entrepreneurs.
According to an April 2018 study according to three contributors to the Harvard Business Review, more than 25% of entrepreneurs are burned out to some degree. A quarter of the respondents report ‘severe burnout’.
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As the old saying goes, the fish rots from the head down. Companies in growth mode led by founders or CEOs who don’t want to be there anymore or don’t see the point of what they do, will sooner or later run into big trouble. For leaders more accustomed to fighting burnout within their teams, not within themselves, this requires a quick change of perspective.
Perhaps a new reading list is an answer. Below, we introduce five books that can take you out of your comfort zone and arm you — and your team, if you choose — with the tools you need to banish burnout and rediscover the passion that fuels your business.
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Fight burnout with these five purposeful books
Each of these books takes a unique approach to passionate, purposeful leadership.
Reading them will help you remember why you went down this path in the first place and help you enjoy the twists and turns ahead. Everything should be on your reading list for 2023.
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You are conventionally successful. You will be recognized as a leader in your field. You are creative and productive, a rare combination. You have a hard time turning it off – a common complaint about you is actually that you’re always on.
Sounds familiar? Ted Bradshaws Stop chasing squirrels: 6 basics to find your purpose, focus and flow is for you.
Stop chasing squirrels is a motivational book for people who are already motivated, but are so full of ideas that they waste time sifting through ideas that don’t work. Because they are passionate about everything, they are really passionate about nothing.
Bradshaw’s six-pillar system helps entrepreneurs harness and focus their creativity. The end game: finding the ideas and projects that not only spark intrigue but really energize you. It’s a bit of a journey, but well worth it: at the end you’ll get to know yourself better and have everything you need to find meaning in your success.
Susan L. Combs’ Pancakes for Roger: A Mentorship Guide to Dragon Slaying is a must-read for anyone who can’t quite shake the feeling of not belonging.
Combs is a self-proclaimed “Missouri girl in a New York world,” who took the financial industry by storm in her twenties, becoming the youngest national president in Women in Insurance & Financial Services history. In Pancakes for Rogershe blends folksy anecdotes with lessons from her late, beloved military veteran father, taking the reader on her journey of self-discovery and self-actualization.
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Bob Moesta is not a typical londonbusinessblog.com. An engineer by training, Moesta swung from an apprenticeship at the Ford Motor Company, through a long stint as a homebuilder (hence his nickname “Bob the Builder”) to his current job as a corporate coach.
Since Moesta became a business coach some 20 years ago, he has helped develop more than 3,500 new products. Along the way, he discovered five core skills that virtually all successful innovators possess. Learning to Build: The 5 Fundamental Skills of Innovators and Entrepreneurs shows us how to unlock those skills within ourselves and use them to follow our passions – not just what we think we should be doing.
Musta writes Learn to build for entrepreneurs and inventors who feel like they’re at a fork in the road, or maybe they’ve peaked too soon. Use his lessons to find the higher gear just out of reach and get ready to make a difference every morning.
Kyle McDowell – like many other business experts – is concerned that America’s self-centered (some say downright narcissistic) popular culture is creeping into its corporate culture and threatening the dynamism and creativity that the world envies.
McDowell doesn’t have all the answers, but he does know what it takes to build a healthier, more focused team. In Start with WE: 10 Principles for Building and Sustaining a Culture of Excellencehe outlines 10 mantras any team can apply to eliminate what he calls the “me-oriented” paradigm and foster a culture of shared ownership and responsibility.
McDowell’s advice is unorthodox and can be uncomfortable for leaders accustomed to doing business a certain way. But it’s the only solution he’s found to the scourge of fearful, reactive, nihilistic decision-making that corrodes organizations from the inside out and leaves customers out in the cold. If you sleepwalk through the work day without even looking back to see if your team is following you, Start with WE is a revelation.
Purposeful leadership is not always about unlocking a hidden passion or cultivating a culture of shared responsibility.
Sometimes it’s about the bottom line – yours and the company’s. There is no shame in being motivated by money, as long as you are honest about it with yourself and those around you and don’t risk your values in the pursuit of material success.
Veteran growth investor and Chartered Financial Analyst Patrick Donohue agrees. In Breakout Valuation: How to Finance Your Future TodayDonohue writes for honest founders navigating a dishonest world—a world riddled with glitzy investor talk, vague promises to lenders, and conniving “business advisors” who do nothing for their clients.
As you read it, you may realize that you have sold yourself short. Even if not, you’ll be prepared to hold your own in high-stakes negotiations – and confident that you’re not giving up more than is absolutely necessary.
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A high-performing company doesn’t need to have a non-stop culture. An engaging work environment and fluid communication can lead to financial success and happy employees. This book helps leaders define and create a culture of winning and low stress. Entrepreneurial community of small business owners and entrepreneurs share their time-tested strategies, hard-won advice, and secrets behind what works and what doesn’t.