Senior executives struggle with burnout just like everyone else, and technology has made this issue more prevalent than ever. What can be done to help sustain passion for what we do, without burning out?
Disconnecting. Constant connectivity doesn’t imply constant availability. Many executives on vacation will carry “dumb phones,” which can’t access email. Only a few people have the number, and it’s used only in extreme circumstances. This allows executives to disconnect while knowing they can be reached if necessary. Peripheral vision. When we’re busy, it’s easy to put blinders on. But it’s critical to have “peripheral vision” to pick up on things that fall beyond our sight line. Paying attention to geopolitical issues, global economics, changing workforce demographics, etc. can enable executives to more readily adapt to technology as well as organizational and societal trends. Service. Many top executives describe their roles as positions of service, not power, and that a key part of their jobs is transferring knowledge and skills. Once they carve out time for this, they find it immensely gratifying.