Ep 168: Hamza Khan’s Recipe for Preventing Burnout (with Hamza Khan)

by Joan Garry

Feeling the heat lately? You are not alone… burnout impacts many of us in the nonprofit sector. Tune in to learn best-selling author and global keynote speaker, Hamza Khan’s strategies for preventing burnout.


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You came into the nonprofit sector because you have a passionate fire in you about an important issue or cause.

Maybe you want to help level the playing field. Or perhaps you want to right a wrong or bring more beauty into this world of ours. The list goes on.

This fire ignites you and propels you to work as hard as you possibly can. In fact, it’s an essential ingredient to five-star nonprofit leadership, to successful fundraising, to effectively lobbying an elected official, for making music that moves people to tears — you know, the work leaders like you are doing every day to make a difference.

But sometimes working as hard as you possibly can set you on the fast track to burnout.

Burnout is an absence of fire. That’s what burnout means. Literally.

In this episode, best-selling author and global keynote speaker Hamza Khan speaks with me all about burnout (check out his viral Tedx Talk here). Hamza really understands the key causes of burnout and how to reverse its effects and even stop it in its tracks. And don’t worry — his recipe for not burning out does not include “get a meditation app.”

We chat about “good stress” (yes, there is such a thing), the distinction between an overachiever and a high performer, and the true meaning of the phrase “death by work”.

And he asks you to consider if you would prefer to be a human doing or a human being. I know what I’d prefer!

Click play to learn:

  • What qualifies Hamza Khan as someone we should be listening to about burnout? (4:24)
  • What exactly is burnout? Is the term burnout overused? (8:08)
  • What’s the real difference between a high performer and a high achiever? (14:58)
  • What are the stages that lead to burnout? (19:18)
  • How do I know the difference between being fueled by the work and being burned out by it? (23:21)
  • How do I avoid burnout as a nonprofit leader? (39:23)
  • How can organizational leaders create cultures that avoid the stages of burnout? (47:15)


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About Hamza Khan

Hamza Khan is a best-selling author and global keynote speaker whose TEDx talk “Stop Managing, Start Leading” has been viewed nearly two million times. He’s trusted by the world’s preeminent organizations to enhance human potential and optimize performance. His clients include the likes of Microsoft, PepsiCo, LinkedIn, Deloitte, Salesforce, TikTok, and over 100 colleges and universities.

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