Online Conference

Exhaustion is Not a Status Symbol

About the Presentation

In her book, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, Brene Brown shares her 10 Guideposts of Wholehearted Living. Number 7 on that list is “Cultivating Play and Rest: Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self-Worth”. It’s time we start recognizing the damage we are doing to ourselves, or teams, and our organization when we are competing for the “Most Tired” award.  

Work-life balance is a buzzword we like to throw around, but how often does the culture of an organization support the exact opposite? Here culture is rewarded, and our output is viewed as a measure of our worth on performance reviews. That type of hamster wheel mentality has an impact on us physically, mentally, and spiritually, and subsequently, has an impact on our products.  

In this keynote, we will explore the dangers of exhaustion as a status symbol – for our organization culture, our teams, and ourselves. We will discuss the specific risks of inadvertently creating a competitive exhausted culture within an agile transformation, and the ways in which we can leverage the agile values and principles in order to mitigate those risks. Lastly, we will take a look inward to assess our own attitudes and views about work life balance.  

Key Takeaways

  • Understand the dangers of glorifying exhaustion as a status symbol and the impact it can have on organizational culture. 
  • Learn how agile values and principles can mitigate and help to promote a healthier environment in the workplace.

About The Speaker

Melissa Boggs is a keynote speaker, leadership coach, and employee experience designer. She is host of “Wild Hearts at Work” podcast, redefining our relationship with work through stories and conversations with those challenging the status quo of today’s workplace.  

Melissa is a former executive with a background in leadership, business, and product development. She is a former nonprofit board member, having served on the Board of Directors for both Scrum Alliance and Agile Denver. She was privileged to present at the 2020 World Business and Executive Coach Summit and at the 2021 WomenTech Summit, and has been featured in Business Coaching, Business Agility Emergence, and Authority magazines.  

Melissa is a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), Certified Team Coach (CTC), Dare to Lead Trained (DTL), Training from the Back of the Room Trained (TBR), Certified LeSS Practitioner (CLP), Kanban Management Professional (KMP), and a Project Management Professional (PMP). She holds an MBA in IT Management and a BS in Information Technology from Western Governors University. 

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