Morally corrupt not to work to death?


Morally corrupt not to work to death? In this episode Judith Germain speaks to Caroline Dowd-Higgins about striking a balance between professional success and life fulfillment.

Key Takeaways

  • The “busy brag” of celebrating being overworked and exhausted is prevalent and unhealthy
  • 80% of the world is currently experiencing burnout, which is alarming
  • We need to shift organisational cultures to better support employee well-being
  • Achievement Intelligence should complement AI to optimise humans supported by technology
  • Focus on “eulogy virtues” not just “resume virtues” to live a more balanced, fulfilled life
  • Entrepreneurs and employees need different strategies to find balance
  • Asynchronous communication and flexible schedules can help provide more balance


The “busy brag” culture and widespread burnout

  • Caroline shared that celebrating being overworked and exhausted has become a “badge of honor” in many cultures
  • But this “busy brag” is unhealthy – 80% of the world is currently experiencing burnout
  • Organisations need to shift cultures to better support employee well-being and work-life balance

Achievement Intelligence and human-centric AI

  • Caroline suggested a concept called “Achievement Intelligence” to complement AI
  • This ensures technology optimises humans, not just efficiency
  • Without this lens, AI could enable more work intensity and burnout

Focusing on “eulogy virtues”

  • Caroline recommended focusing on your ideal “eulogy virtues” not just “resume virtues”
  • This means living a balanced life aligned with your values, not just professional accomplishments

Strategies for entrepreneurs vs employees

  • Employees can more easily disconnect, but entrepreneurs’ income depends on their work
  • Entrepreneurs should still find moments for self-care and play
  • But it can be a rollercoaster, so they should plan for ups and downs

Asynchronous communication and flexible schedules

  • Judith and Caroline agreed asynchronous communication can be better than live meetings
  • Flexible schedules aligned to individuals’ productive times also enable more balance

In this conversation they discuss small steps that can be taken to improve a work life balance and the need for achievement intelligence.

Caroline Dowd-Higgins is a best selling author, a certified executive coach, a speaker and podcast host.

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Caroline Dowd-Higgins can be found on LinkedIn here. Her website is here.

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