Catalyst – September 2022

  • Reframing Burnout

    Leverage to Lead Team: Melody Gee. Kim Ho, Aubrey Jones, MJ Mathis, Jennifer McClanahan, Nick Obando


    Burnout, “at its deepest level is not the result of some train wreck of examinations, long call shifts, or poor clinical evaluations. It is the sum total of hundreds and thousands of tiny betrayals of purpose, each one so minute that it hardly attracts notice.” If burnout is actually the betrayal of connection, then deep listening and the valuing of the humanity of every employee are the crucial beginnings of the authentic, better, deeper, and more meaningful connections that we all crave.


  • Heartfulness

    Catherine Duncan, MA, BCC

    Henry Emmons, MD


    When you use heartfulness to build resilience, there is less room for something like stress and depression to seep back in. There is nothing more important in one’s lifetime than loving well. But loving well doesn’t just happen. As with any important skill, we first have to learn to love well. If you have suffered from depression, anxiety, and burnout, you know how hard it can be to stay open-hearted. Here’s the secret: you have to learn to love yourself first.


  • Beneath, Behind, and Beyond Burnout 

    Emily Knowles, Psychologist, Consultant, and Researcher


    Burnout is a long-established and deeply studied psychological phenomenon. A comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the topic facilitates protecting, promoting, and making sustainable the mental health and wellbeing of practising lawyers – and wider members of the profession alike. This article looks beneath the science, behind the human experience, and beyond current tropes.


  • How to Address Burnout in the Legal Profession

    Paula Davis, JD, MAPP


    Burnout was a problem prior to the pandemic, but COVID-19 has renewed interest in the topic. This article explains what burnout is and what causes it so that it can be addressed in a meaningful and intentional way. It’s time to reframe the conversation about burnout, not as an individual issue that can be fixed with quick self-help strategies, but as a systemic issue that everyone is responsible for reducing.


  • Making Well-Being an Expectation in Attorney-Client Relationships

    Ben Carpenter, Senior VP and Deputy General Counsel, US Bank


    The Law Division at U.S. Bank is leading the way to make well-being considerations part of their attorney-client engagements. U.S. Bank developed and implemented a set of guidelines to help their outside counsel and their internal legal team be mindful of how they were communicating, respecting boundaries, managing projects, and leveraging each other’s resources to promote well-being. This article digs into the creation, key components, and challenges associated with these ground-breaking client guidelines.


  • Is Burnout Tired and Worn Out?

    Tracy LaLonde, Joychiever


    Is the word ‘burnout’ overused to the extent that it is losing or has lost its impact? In its simplest form, burnout is unresolved chronic stress with three primary component: exhaustion, detachment/cynicism, and inefficacy. Over the years, researchers and psychologists have been peeling back the layers of the burnout onion to discover that there are three burnout sub-types: frenetic, “bore-out”, and “worn-out.” Learn more by digging into this article!