Andy Storch

Helping our People Avoid Burnout with Leah Weiss

Helping our People Avoid Burnout with Leah Weiss

On this episode of The Talent Development Hot Seat, Andy welcomes guest Leah Weiss. She’s a Ph.D. and created a perenially waitlisted course called “Leading with Mindfulness and Compassion” at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she is on the faculty for Stanford Business School’s lead program. Leah Weiss is a principal teacher and a founding faculty member of Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Program, conceived by the Dalai Llama, and is on faculty for Space Center Houston’s Human Performance Accelerator Lab. In 2019, Leah Weiss co-founded Skylyte, a company that specializes in data-driven, scaleable solutions to team health. Dr. Weiss’s first book, How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind focuses on compassion and resilient leadership through research-backed techniques. Her work guides the mental health and well-being strategies of over 85 organizations, including the Mayo Clinic and Stanford Children’s Hospital. In this episode, you’ll hear: How the loss of a close friend due to suicide led Dr. Leah Weiss to further explore resiliency and mindfulness and how it became her career focus. Practical tips for beginning a meditation routine and why it should become part of your daily routine. What you can gain from mindfulness and intentionality and why you may not even realize you’re practicing mindfulness with your daily activities. Why burnout has become so prevalent and what is really is. How the pandemic particularly affected women adversely and why. Burnout isn’t just the number of hours worked but also encompasses moral injury, unfairness, and purpose in the workplace. Dr. Leah Weiss’s advice for setting boundaries to avoid experiencing burnout. What resilience is and how you can begin to develop more resilience. Why compassion can look different for everyone and how your organization can become a compassionate organization. How your organization can help prevent employee burnout and create more wellness. The impact of loneliness on wellness and how organizations can address it. Her advice for talent development leaders to improve wellness and help their employees through these challenging times. Connect with Andy Storch here: ( ( ( Connect with Leah Weiss: (

Duration: 51 min

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