You’ve probably experienced the truism about “Need something done? Ask someone who’s already too busy to do it—they’ll get it done.”
Often true—and good for you getting results… but not so good for them. Too many volunteer organizations depend on people who won’t say “no” to new responsibilities, which leads to great results… punctuated by burnout-related volunteer turnover.
Companies do this, too—pushing people beyond their limits for too long. It works for a while, until everything implodes.
To avoid burnout: Recruit a team
Small business consultant Becky McCray—an expert on businesses in small towns and rural areas—recently shared about a reader in Texas who finds herself in a small group of people that does all the work.
Becky noted, “Let people do it themselves. Let them dream up their own ideas. Let them do it their own way. Let them take risks and even fail.” [Read more…]