Kristen and Denise of Homeschool Group Leader recently interviewed me about leader burnout.
They are currently running a series at their blog on burnout with a new topic each Wednesday.
Here is the first portion of the interview:
What a great time we had interviewing author and Homeschool CPA, Carol Topp! She shared a bundle of hand-picked truths from her super-helpful book, Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out. With knowledge and insight, Carol explained the warning signs of leader burn out and how to avoid it.
Do you feel like you might be burning out? Is homeschool group leadership overwhelming you? Have you noticed another leader’s fire seems to be fizzling out? How would you know?
HGL: From your experience, how can a leader know when he or she is burning out?
Carol Topp: It is important to recognize burn-out before it causes damage to you, your family or your homeschool group. Here are some symptoms of burn-out:
* loss of enthusiasm
* health problems
* neglecting your own children
* neglecting your husband
* feeling like a failure
* losing joy in serving
If you have 4-5 of any of these symptoms, you are experiencing burn-out.
This simple list can enlighten the path ahead so that leaders can take action and be completely healthy.
Kristen & Denise will make the complete interview available to you as soon as possible. Until then, you can read more of the interview at Homeschool Group Leader blog as they post excerpts from my interview each Wednesday. Soon the complete interview will be available in two reasonably-priced formats—audio cd and word-for-word transcript!
Can’t wait? Need help now?
My book Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out has an entire chapter devoted to burn out. Actually the whole book offers suggestions on how to delegate and avoid burn out. It is available from Amazon.com.
Read a sample chapter here.
Kristen and Denise have a terrific book One By One: The Homeschool Group Leader’s Guide to Motivating Your Members. It is an ebook and available for immediate download.