LIT: A Podcast for Combating Burnout

LIT Episode 23: On Being Right

An episode of LIT: A Podcast for Combating Burnout

By Kate Newburgh
67% of Americans report being burned out on the job. This is a serious spiritual crisis. Tune in for ideas on how to get renewed and inspired at work.
Questions about burnout? Write in to
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67% of Americans report being burned out on the job. This is a serious spiritual crisis. Tune in for ideas on how to get renewed and inspired at work.
Questions about burnout? Write in to

More places to listen

LIT Episode 24: How Do You Know if it's Time to Quit Your Job?
Sitting on the fence hurts. Maybe you're unsatisfied with your job, but you're not sure if it's right to quit. Tune in to this week's episode for some tips on how to move forward.
September 15, 2019
LIT Episode 23: On Being Right
What does a drunk man on a train, a backstabbing colleague, and a little old lady with a dog have in common? In this episode I tell four stories that illuminate the pitfalls of being right.  
September 8, 2019
LIT Episode 22: Words as Bricks
Bricks can be used as weapons or as building blocks for creation. So can words. This episode explores the power of language to shape our lives and the idea that conversations are actually the mechanism of change within an organization.
August 23, 2019
LIT Episode 20: Five Strategies for Preventing Burnout
Tune in for five concrete strategies you can start doing today that will help prevent burnout and dramatically boost your on-the-job inspiration and renewal. 
August 16, 2019
LIT Episode 19: Conscious Collectives: An Overview
In this episode I give an overview of Conscious Collectives: new organizations that reflect our emerging state of consciousness as a species. I go into  what they are, where they come from, why they're critical for saving our planet, and how to start thinking about switching over.
August 8, 2019
LIT Episode 18: Underneath the Surface of "No Excuses"
This episode was inspired by a conversation I had with a mom recently about her son's teacher. I explore the culture of blame that pervades our society and unearth some disturbing assumptions behind the dictum of "no excuses." 
July 28, 2019
LIT Episode 17: A Week Without Criticism
"It's foolish to scold." -Dale Carnegie Just for fun I decided to take Dale Carnegie's advice and go a week without criticizing myself or anyone around me, and I couldn't believe the ways it transformed my life! Listen here for more tips on how to quiet the voice in your head and what to do when you want to judge others.
July 20, 2019
LIT Episode 16: The Line Between Discipline and Self Harm
Have grit! Never give up! Discipline is a necessary component for achieving long term goals, but when does it become something darker? This episode explores the manipulative potential of "grit," the ways in which our life forms natural rhythms, and the upside to meaningful endurance.
July 12, 2019
LIT Episode 15: I Don't Have Time
In this episode I dive into the question of how to handle the feeling of "not having enough time" to take care of yourself. Statistics show that people who spend at least 20% of their time at work doing something they love report significantly less burnout. What does that mean and how can we create that on the job?
July 5, 2019
LIT Episode 14, Part B: Locating Perfection
The second half of the episode! I address a question about how to live as a role model for those around us when we don't feel like we have enough time to dedicate to ourselves.
June 28, 2019
LIT Episode 14, Part A: Locating Perfection
This episode deals with a question that drives to the heart of burnout. Listen here to how I respond to a dear friend asking how he can be a role model of health for his patients when he feels like there isn't enough time in the day to care for himself. This episode is split into two parts. Sorry about the cliffhanger! 
June 28, 2019
LIT Episode 13: Living from the Inside Out
How do you know if you're actually living and working in accordance with your values? How can you tell if a company is sticking by their values instead of just sprinkling them on PR materials? This episode provides a practical tool Kate created called Backwards Analysis that will help you compare your lived values with your ideal ones, and make adjustments so that you can stay in alignment.
June 21, 2019
LIT Episode 12: Normalizing the Spiritual
Coming up against conflicting impulses while writing a book proposal,  in this episode Kate offers an exploration into the ways we reject spirituality as a culture, and how we can create a language that accepts and validates the spiritual in our every day life.
June 14, 2019
LIT Episode 11: Manufacturing Burnout
Burnout is too consistent and recurring a phenomenon to be an accident.  This episode explores the ways that systems actually create burnout in employees all over the country.
June 7, 2019
LIT Episode 10: The Unanswerable Question (plus guided meditation)
We all have a large, unanswerable question that drives us to pursue the path of our heart. This episode gives you tools to think about that question and also includes a guided meditation to help you visualize your path.
May 31, 2019
LIT Episode 9: The Other Side of Fear
Tune into the final installment of the May Empowerment series: The Other Side of Fear
May 24, 2019
LIT Episode 8: Three Truths about Conflict
When you start to kick butt in your life conflict often arises as a byproduct. This third installment of the Empowerment Series helps you reframe conflict to see it as a positive vehicle for growth.
May 17, 2019
LIT Episode 7: Foresight is 20/20
Tune in to the second installment of my May Empowerment series: setting a vision for your life
May 9, 2019
LIT Episode 6: That is How Important You Are
May's theme is EMPOWERMENT. Today's installment: Worthiness. Tune in for strategies and ideas for cultivating an enduring sense of self worth.
May 3, 2019
Disobedience and the Fruit
Part two of the sweeping evolutionary lens of burnout: what disobedience means for defining selfhood.
May 3, 2019
LIT Episode 4: Free Will and Pomegranates
What does free will, pomegranates, the origin of the ego, human evolution, wall street, and John Milton have to do with burnout? Find out here!
April 19, 2019
LIT Episode 3: Defining Burnout
"Though usually regarded as the result of trying to give too much, burnout in my experience results from trying to give what I do not possess." -Parker Palmer This episode takes a deep dive into defining burnout and touches on the first step toward combating it. 
April 10, 2019
LIT Episode 2: Do what you came here to do
I believe we all arrive here with a divine purpose that is reflected in our strengths, desires and what we long to create. Burnout happens when we live outside of that purpose. I tell my story of realizing how my strengths desires and limitations led me on the path I am on now. I also leave you with some reflection questions to help you think about your own purpose.  
April 3, 2019
LIT Episode 1: At least we wouldn't have to go into work tomorrow
Welcome to LIT: A Podcast for Combating Burnout. If you're one of the 67% of Americans who reported feeling burned out on the job, this podcast is for you. Kate Newburgh is a former educator who has dedicated the past seven years to researching and working with burnout. This episode goes into what burnout is, what it feels like, and begins to discuss what you can do about it. 
March 27, 2019
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