Author: James Lim

Fueling Good

Banding Together to Fight Burnout as a Community

Reading Time: 2 minutes Photos courtesy of Odyssey Dance Theatre “Burnout keeps us from thriving as a person. To prevent and address it, we need to call it out, deal with it and stop it from consuming us,” says James, Lead Thrive-Synergist and Founder of Emmaus Strategies, as he spent an evening with members from the community and shared…
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Organizational Success & its People

Reading Time: 3 minutes If your organization was a train, where would it be headed? Maintain an Edge While many organizations may struggle to create or maintain their edge by putting on market the most sought after product or services and/or by creating and enforcing the right strategy, I suggest that an organization’s success is fueled pretty much by…
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Learning from the Best Resignation Letter Ever Written

Reading Time: 5 minutes Refinery29 dubbed it the “Best Resignation Letter Ever Written“; in this, they were referring to the resignation announcement by Nancy Lublin. Nancy was stepping down as CEO after helming DoSomething, a not-for-profit organization that encourages young people to do something about social change and be a part of social activism, after 12 years. What made…
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Work is a Gift from God

Reading Time: 3 minutes “What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does…
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Burnout, What/Who’s to Blame?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Eighteen months into this journey of declaring war on burnout and I am still learning so much about this public enemy. Even though burnout seems to be such a straight-forward phenomenon, the causes of burnout are not as clear-cut. What is Burnout? Am I Burnt Out? First up, let us understand what burnout is. Burnout…
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Playing It Safe Over the Easter Weekend

Reading Time: < 1 minute The effects of burnout do not just stay at work; it spills over into the family and affects our parenting as well. We are indeed honoured to have been able to bring Cafe Wowee to parents and volunteers from the Pentecost Methodist Church Kindergarten and Pentecost Methodist Church Children Ministry. Indeed, as the children were…
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Bringing Out the Indiana Jones in Volunteer Managers

Reading Time: 2 minutes You may be familiar with the Indiana Jones character portrayed by Harrison Ford. The film franchise would bring us on epic adventures on quests for treasures. In a way, volunteer managers, among the many other non-profit practitioners, are like the Indiana Jones of their organizations. After all, volunteer programmes, when running well, can bring about…
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How to Keep Our Volunteers Fired Up in their Passion to Serve

Reading Time: 3 minutes You know the excitement when “the stars align” and things and circumstances just unexpectedly but miraculously come together in a positive and favourable way? Well, today is one such day for us here in Emmaus, when we see our two passions—volunteer partnerships and burnout prevention—come together, as we find this marvellous article about preventing and…
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Joining Forces to Bring Care to the Carers

Reading Time: 2 minutes A local study1  in 2015 found that 1 in 3 palliative care practitioners (doctors, nurses and social workers) in the public healthcare sector experience burnout. These are the very people who are on the frontline, working round-the-clock, caring and bringing comfort and support to terminally ill patients and their caregivers. And so, the need is…
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A Wowee Launch!

Reading Time: < 1 minute We are declaring war on burnout! So we are really excited to launch Cafe Wowee (Working Optimally Without Encountering Exhaustion). Over 2 sessions in mid March 2019, we brought Cafe Wowee to volunteers of Pentecost Methodist Church and to the public through A Good Space at the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre. It is an…
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