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Don’t Get Surprised by Burnout

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Coming back to the UK after an intensive, three-day consulting trip, I was on the edge of a panic attack. For a few seconds, I had a vivid “day-mare” of myself in the hospital, surrounded by doctors, with no way to cope or communicate coherently. As the vision passed, I became aware, for the first…

Don’t Be Afraid to Say No

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For many professionals, saying “No” at work can be quite difficult. Whether your employer is asking you to stay late, come in early, take on a new project, or help another employee with their own workload, sometimes you feel it’s impossible to decline – even if you really should. Oftentimes, it is just easier to say “Yes!” and…

Avoid Burnout by Asking This Question

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In the late 1990s I began an undergrad business degree program at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. After nearly flunking Economics 101 and striking out with a majority of sports and teams, I finally found my home among a group of interfaculty misfits at the Golden Words comedy newspaper. Golden Words was the largest weekly humor…