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HBR Podcasts: On the Brink of Burnout

HBR Podcasts: On the Brink of Burnout

Part of WiFi (What I Find Interesting) Wednesday.


HBR Podcasts: On the Brink of Burnout

Listen to On the Brink of Burnout from Coaching Real Leaders, from Harvard Business Review Podcasts, February 1, 2021.

How Does My Team Perceive Me? Coaching Real Leaders

As a leader, she has always tried to find a balance between being directive and collaborative. But she has also struggled to bridge the gap between how she sees herself – and how her team experienced her as a leader. Now she’s building her own start-up and wants to make sure she is seen as a strong, effective leader in that new venture.
  1. How Does My Team Perceive Me?
  2. Choosing What’s Next for My Career

Over the past couple of weeks, I have written about working through and leading others through burnout. But what if you’re not quite there yet – how do you address these issues before they become bigger?

The podcast series offers a one-time view into a coaching session between a coach and a leader struggling with an issue. In this episode, the person being coached is trying to do it all, and doesn’t say no…but wants things to change. The coach, Muriel, identifies this as ‘magical thinking’. She encourages the client to begin “…shifting from the magical thinking of the ideal that we would love for things to be versus facing the reality of what they are and then thinking strategically about how to move through it.”

I believe the coach hits on the right issue for most: the ability to prioritize and focus. She says we should ask ourselves “am I doing the right things at the right time to get to where we need to go?” We should all start our conversations, either with ourselves, our supervisors, or those we lead with this question before moving forward with new priorities.

Listen more to On the Brink of Burnout from Coaching Real Leaders, from Harvard Business Review Podcasts, February 1, 2021.


Bloomberg: Remote Working’s Longer Hours Are New Normal for Many

Read Remote Working’s Longer Hours Are New Normal for Many by Lucy Meakin, from Bloomberg.com, February 2, 2021.

“The lengthening of the workday observed as many began working from home last year has become the new normal in many countries. The number of hours people are logged on has fallen back toward pre-pandemic levels in only Belgium, Denmark, France and Spain, according to data from virtual private network service provider NordVPN Teams. The U.K., Austria, Canada and U.S. have seen a sustained 2.5 hour increase to the average day.”

Continue reading Remote Working’s Longer Hours Are New Normal for Many by Lucy Meakin, from Bloomberg.com, February 2, 2021.


EdSurge: COVID-19 Has Widened the Skills Gap. But It Also Presents an Opportunity to Close It

Read COVID-19 Has Widened the Skills Gap. But It Also Presents an Opportunity to Close It by Vera Song, from EdSurge, February 1, 2021.

The next few years will only highlight the challenges that graduates and the companies that hire them will face in response to COVID-19. One area, as identified by Vera Song, will be aligning college graduates with the tech needs that will be necessary for companies to fill.

Hiring entry-level digital talent is risky and expensive, however. Approximately 50 percent of college graduates churn out of entry-level jobs within two years—meaning employers lose new hires not long after becoming productive. It’s expensive due to the possibility of making a bad hire, which can cost up to six digits. But for every tech position left vacant for two months (the average time to fill for tech roles), companies lose an estimated $30,000, despite savings from salary. And this number doesn’t account for the toll on employees—and incremental attrition—from taking on additional work due to understaffing.

by Vera Song, from EdSurge, February 1, 2021.

Finding Solutions

So what is a solution?

Employers have two choices. They could wait for higher-ed institutions to jump through bureaucratic hoops, overcome budget constraints, and fundamentally change their approach to preparing students for their fifth jobs rather than their first. But as my colleague Ryan Craig likes to say, no one has ever gone broke betting against the pace of change in higher education.

A better bet for most employers is to step up to meet colleges and universities at least halfway by building and providing last-mile training for motivated candidates who show general aptitude but lack requisite digital skills and business knowledge.

What would last-mile training preparation look like from the institution-side? How do we help students learn to better market their potential rather than their total skill preparation?

There is more to unpack, but this was certainly interesting to start considering.

Continue reading COVID-19 Has Widened the Skills Gap. But It Also Presents an Opportunity to Close It by Vera Song, from EdSurge, February 1, 2021.


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