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Dr. Kate Newburgh tackles the causes of burnout

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Dr. Kate Newburgh began her program citing empirical evidence for the prevalence of burnout and the toll it takes on individuals and organizations. Rather than providing palliative tips and tricks for combating burnout, Newburgh then took the audience on a journey through history and social science to make the case that nothing short of reinventing organizations was required to truly eradicate endemic burnout.

Newburgh paired scholarship tracing the evolution of societal organization with Maslow’s ascending scale of individual needs, from the most basic to the most advanced. According to Newburgh, as a society we are now at the “achievement” level of development, but many of our institutions are still organized to meet more primitive needs. This disconnect is one of the drivers of burnout.

The good news is that there are organizations that have responded and organized to meet the more advanced needs of individuals. Traits of these organizations include purpose, trust and radical responsibility.

Join us for our next program offered in partnership with the Vail Valley Partnership on Thursday, April 9, 2020 when we address the costs of miscommunication. 

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