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5/0 Podcast Hosted by Marcylle Combs - Dr. Kathy Crockett

Navigating Leadership Burnout - Dr. Kathy Crockett

The Primitive Podcast with Dr. Kathy Crockett

Is there any room on your calendar or in your energy bandwidth for emerging strategies that unexpectedly come across your path? How can you allocate enough time and energy to execute with excellence the planned strategies you are responsible for and also have space for emerging strategies that are opportunities you believe need to be pursued as well?

Time & Energy

We each have 168 hours in a week – where is your time going? Use this interactive exercise to evaluate who and what is getting your time.

There are different areas of life that pull on our energy. When you are tired or overwhelmed can you diagnose which tank may be low and needs to be topped off? Use this concept as a tool to use when you first feel the overwhelming feelings coming to see if you may be able to diagnose what is going on and resolve those feelings.

Often the things that capture our time and energy are not the most important things in our lives. How do you set boundaries and be more strategic to be sure the important things are not pushed aside?

Do you take the time to count the cost before you make a commitment to something?

Decision Making

Do you feel at times that you have way too many decisions in front of you? What if there was a way to program some of those decisions into systems to streamline processes and have more energy for those unexpected unprogrammed decisions that come to you?

Do you ever have a gap between intention and behavior and wonder why you can’t seem to take action? You reflect over it and wonder why your thoughts are holding you back. What if it may have more to do with reflecting over your behavior in those situations to see where the obstacles may be vs. just what you are thinking about a situation? Perhaps it can lead to better decision-making strategies to help you move forward into action.

There are times when you have to make a decision regarding what to do in a certain situation. Do you dig in, persevere, work harder and push through? Or is it time to stop? It is common that if you decide to stop that you are a quitter. A very negative thing in our society. Yet what if you are not quitting – you are making a wise, strategic necessary ending? How do you discern when it is time to persevere and when it is time to stop?

How do you build up the banks of your river to get back to a focused and strategic path when the floods have broken through them and we are overwhelmed.

We make decisions with perspectives from different parts of our brain. The trick is to be sure you are allowing enough time for those different parts to weigh in vs. just going with the first perspective of fear that tends to show up first.

Often when you are trying to make a decision there are multiple decisions ahead of the one you are trying to make.

What helps you navigate your decisions – your GPS or your compass?

Leading Through Conflict

When things are constantly changing and there is a lot of uncertainty how can you have confidence in moving forward with decisions?

In the space between stimulus and response, there is a space. You get to decide how you show up in various situations. Especially the tough ones.

Each of us has a preferred time frame reference. Being aware of those preferences can help with friction that may emerge with others.


When deciding how to complete a project or a strategy to get something done ask yourself ‘What job has this been hired to do’. You can apply this in so many different contexts. It is a powerful question.

There are times when things feel very overwhelming. Pausing to ask yourself these questions can help get clarity around what may be causing these feelings and ways to strategically move forward.

It can be frustrating at times to not be able to make a quick decision. Often a decision is a process that has to be strategically unfold. How do you navigate that?

We often wish we could plop down sod and have instant results. Yet more often it is going to take planting seeds and allowing time for results to come.

Personal Growth

In order to have more empathy and patience with others, you want to consider that you may have had similar obstacles in the past that have allowed you to grow.

Consider allowing people elbow room to disagree yet still interact and work together in healthy, respectful, and healthy ways.

How you get your energy back and how you process information are key areas to consider with interactions between introverts and extroverts.

Using this tool to better understand how people grow can help with your own development and the development of those you lead.

It is important to not only grieve big personal losses – yet also smaller disappointments to function at your best.

A strategy to help to be more resilient is compartmentalization. How do you prevent one area of life that is not going well from overtaking your whole life?

How do you strategically communicate with others in tense situations to keep the conversation going to a good outcome?

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