Burnout Consulting: Where Did it Come From?

Despite the fact that 66% of Americans report being burned out on the job, “burnout consulting” doesn’t exist anywhere else. Ten years of research and practical experience led me to develop an original, evidence-based approach to sustainably and systemically combat burnout in any organization.

The origin of burnout consulting lies in the concept of “deep practices” which refer to “any action or choice that originates from the heart.” The concept was first published in an article by my colleague Dr. Paul Michalec and myself entitled “Deep Practices: Advancing Equity by Creating Space and Language for the Inner Core of Teaching.” Commitment to deep practices is linked to employee wellness, higher employee retention, positive culture shifts, enhanced collective trust among colleagues, and higher levels of system-wide empowerment.

Deep Practices Founder Dr. Kate Newburgh has over a decade of experience in research and systems change. She began her career as a New York City Teaching Fellow in the Bronx, NY. Since then she’s held diverse roles in the field including Educational Researcher, Academic Affairs Director for a national non-profit, and Strategy Lead for Transformative Learning for Eagle County Schools, CO. She’s a member of several large-scale networks including the Colorado Education Initiative and America Achieves. She earned my Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver with a research focus on system-wide teacher retention and adaptive whole-teacher supports.

View Dr. Newburgh’s Curriculum Vitae

The Deep Practices Consulting logo was inspired by David Whyte’s poem “Working Together,” which gives us permission to “trust to those elements we have yet to see.” The logo shows how, through Deep Practices Consulting, L3C, I endeavor to trust in and give shape to the intangibles that influence our daily lives.


Working Together

 We shape our self
to fit this world

and by the world
are shaped again.

The visible
and the invisible

working together
in common cause,

to produce
the miraculous.

I am thinking of the way
the intangible air

traveled at speed
round a shaped wing

holds our weight.

So may we, in this life

to those elements
we have yet to see

or imagine,
and look for the true

shape of our own self,
by forming it well

to the great
intangibles about us.

David Whyte