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May 2, 2023

Thriving in Mission-driven, Burnout-inducing Work Environments

Do you feel like you're constantly sacrificing your own well-being for the sake of your patients or clients? Do you struggle with burnout and feel like you have to leave your job to take care of yourself? Do you feel isolated and guilty when you try to advocate for your own well-being? You’re not alone, and as Yvonne proposes, there is another way.

A deep irony about those in caring and helping professions is that often they care so much about their clients, patients and mission, the person they forget to take care of is themselves. And, at times, the very organizations, culture and leadership that holds the mission to elevate others, makes doing just that an exercise in futility.

We see it time and time again, especially in helping professions and those on the frontline of healthcare and service industries, weighed down by management that is, itself, under stress, under funded, working in the paradigm of overly bureaucratic organizations, heading down a one way path to burnout, or sadly worse.

In today’s Sparked Hot Take we welcome new Sparked Brainstrust member Yvonne Ator. Yvonne has seen the devastating consequences of not taking care of oneself in this industry, including burnout and sadly in some cases, suicide, which not only affects the healthcare professionals and the people closest to them but also the patients they serve. If you are sensitive to this topic, a quick heads up, she speaks to it later in the conversation, so take care as you listen or choose not to.

Yvonne challenges the common belief that leaving a job is the only solution for those feeling burnt out and provides a unique approach to empower healthcare professionals to become antifragile and make positive changes in their daily work lives. Join us in this thought-provoking conversation and discover the power of self-care in healthcare. Tune in to transform your mindset and take practical steps towards self-care and well-being, so you can continue making a meaningful impact in your field.  

It's time to prioritize your own well-being without sacrificing your mission.


In today’s episode we’re in conversation with:


Yvonne is the Founder of Thriving Physicians and Thriving Idealist, where she coaches heart-centered, mission-driven Physicians and other helping professionals who seek to make a positive impact in the world. She’s become expert in guiding professionals through the tension between being committed to a vision of impact, and the sense of inequity, disillusionment, moral injury, compassion fatigue or burnout that all too often comes with the quest to live authentically and serve to their fullest potential. 

YOUR HOST: Jonathan Fields

Jonathan is a dad, husband, award-winning author, multi-time founder, executive producer and host of the Good Life Project podcast, and co-host of SPARKED, too! He’s also the creator of an unusual tool that’s helped more than 650,000 people discover what kind of work makes them come alive - the Sparketype® Assessment, and author of the bestselling book, SPARKED.

So what is your Sparketype? Turns out, we all have a unique imprint for work that makes us come alive, this is your Sparketype. When you discover yours, everything, your entire work-life- and even parts of your personal life and relationships - begins to make sense. Until you know yours, you’re kind of fumbling in the dark. 

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