Managing Burnout

Managing Burnout

WHAT IS BURNOUT?

Burnout is the opposite of engagement. It’s characterized by a feeling of exhaustion, an increase in cynicism towards work (and toward clients and coworkers), and reduced levels of achievement, and it’s most likely to strike your best and most ambitious team members.

An engaged individual finds their work energizing. A burned out individual finds the very idea of work tiring. An engaged individual feels like they (and the organization) can win. A burned out individual gets cynical. An engaged individual is part of the organization's community. A burned out individual reduces their level of personal contact. An engaged individual can see past the here and now, enabling broad and strategic vision. A burned out individual gets stuck in the moment, and starts treading water.

Valuing Values

Company values are in vogue.  Firms like Zappos lead the charge, with very public declarations of their values, and many follow in their stead.   Sadly, many of the followers have executed poorly, resulting in cargo cult value statements, naive aspirations, or pure hot air that give the entire concept of company values a bad name. Despite this, company values remain incredibly useful if three important conditions are met.

Pivot, Perish, or Persevere

Pivot, Perish, or Persevere

Sector began with my desire to give every investor access to a low-cost, diversified portfolio that’s precisely tailored to their specific economic and moral preferences.  Existing solutions made it possible to get two out of three attributes: low-cost, diversified, or personalized, but hitting all three was usually impossible.