Series Post #2: Surviving the Slump
Slump vs Burnout:
Before we jump in, recognize that there is a difference between a slump and being burned out. A slump requires reengagement, whereas a burnout requires a comprehensive analysis of responsibilities and an analysis of future career path. A burnout can be solved by adding responsibilities to your plate, by building a team around you, and by outsourcing the competencies that are the lower level competencies that would allow somebody to spend more time performing highly valued tasks. Now, in order to successfully accomplish all of that, you have to be someone who others want to follow! If fearful that you are facing burnout, start first with treating it as a slump so you can pull yourself (or others) out of it long enough to give options for a long-term solution.