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Effective Executive Magazine:
Get Serious About Parameters
 
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I have been coaching executives since August of 1997. When a pattern of behavior persists for over 20 years in multiple industries and in multiple roles across multiple organizations and in multiple countries, you know you are on to something. This pattern of behavior is clearly engrained across societies and exists far beyond the trends of any given year.

   
Since 1997, I have coached more than 250 people and have provided more than 4,000 coaching sessions. Throughout those 20-plus years one behavior that has been consistently in the top three most common behaviors of more than 80% of my coaching clients is that they are working far too many hours.

Unbridled work reaches a peak and then slides into a mess of exhaustion, burnout, and loss of purpose. That leads to personal and family problems. If we called it a disease, we could raise money for it and try to cure it. Instead we applaud people for working an insane number of hours. This is the cause of the problem. We compliment people on working themselves into an unhealthy way of being.