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Blueprints & Frameworks - An Uncommon Method To Avoid Burnout As A Leader, with Michael King

On the most recent episode of Human Capital Innovations Podcast, CEO of Teams Coach and business leadership coach, Michael King joined Jonathan Westover to talk about burnout as a leader, how to avoid it, and how to deal with it in a healthy way.

Michael posed the question, “Leaders are having a great weight put on them. They're having to navigate all the complexities. So how do we navigate and avoid burnout as a leader?” One of the main things needed is to first support yourself. “We want to be supportive and show empathy towards those people and we need to practice self care for ourselves.” The idea is to understand that everyone in the workforce, from employees to team leaders to CEOs will experience burnout many times during their career. The goal is to make it so “... you can deal with it in a healthy way.”


Michael described two types of leaders: blueprint leaders and framework leaders. He argued we should strive to become blueprint leaders, or leaders who know what is reasonable to expect and have detailed plans for their coworkers. They don’t rely on guessing and “winging it”. Blueprint leaders have distinct plans in place so they know what will happen and won’t be caught up in unexpected work, increasing stress and chances of burnout.


You can listen to the full episode at innovativehumancapital.com/podcast, or anywhere you listen to your podcasts, just search “HCI Podcast”.


Read the full transcript below:


Michael King. Welcome to The Human Capital innovations Podcast. Thank you, John, for having me. It's great to be here. Yeah, it's great to be with you. You're joining us from Omaha, Nebraska and south of Salt Lake City in Utah. And today we're going to be talking about avoiding burnout as leaders. There's lots of conversations around it out. Generally we talked about how leaders can support their people in avoiding burnout, but leaders are dealing with it too. They're having a great weight put on them. They're having to navigate all the complexities. So how do we navigate and avoid burnout as a leade