Grilling with charcoal briquets gives leaders insight into burnout. Learn to prevent flareups and control the heat during stressful seasons.
Four men went glamping, or glamorous camping, with a convoy of six vehicles including chauffeurs and a chef. During that luxury excursion, one man helped a second secure the raw material needed for building automobiles. The second man required about 100 board feet of wood for the “frame, running board, dashboard, and wheel spokes” for…you guessed it, each Model-T. Henry Ford was very passionate about his motto “reduce, reuse, and recycle” and insisted on repurposing the leftover stumps, branches, and sawdust.1, 2
So, in 1919, Ford’s chemist pressed the leftover debris from the sawmill together with tar and cornstarch creating a charcoal briquet. Brilliantly, Ford encouraged more driving activities by selling Picnic Kits which included portable grills and Ford Charcoal. Today, grilling aficionados share best practices for charcoal grilling.3 Coals start out cool and black, then burn red hot, and after all of the fuel has been spent, they cool to an ashy white. Just like coals, leaders can start out cool, full of energy, burn very hot for a while, and then cool off with no energy left. According to the Mayo Clinic, burnout is “work-related stress-- a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity.” 4
Grilling with charcoal gives us insight into extinguishing job burnout:
Thirty years after the first Picnic Kits were marketed, Ford Charcoal was sold and renamed to Kingsford Chemical Company in honor of Edward Kingsford-- the man who helped Ford secure the timberland all those years ago.6 Are you irritable on and off the job? Becoming increasingly cynical or critical? Lacking satisfaction with your recent achievements? Experiencing new physical symptoms or sleep interruptions? If so, you may be progressing toward a more permanent and severe stage of burnout. Establish positive and adaptive coping patterns, avoid getting burned at work, and balance hard work and with frequent periods of recovery.
Sources: 1 Useless Knowledge: Who Made That Charcoal Briquette?; 2 Kingsford Products Company: An American Story; 3 Kingsford Products Company: How to Charcoal; 4 Mayo Clinic: Job Burnout: How to Spot It and Take Action; 5 Winona State University: Stages of Burnout; 6 Useless Knowledge: Who Made That Charcoal Briquette?.
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