Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer has declared that burnout is a myth and offered advice on how bosses can put this wisdom into practice.
By Jessica Stillman (Writer, Inc.)

Ambitious business owners face a delicate balancing act. You want your team (and yourself) to work as hard as possible, but you want to avoid the serious long-term decline in productivity and employee turnover that burnout brings. How hard should you push? What measures should you take to prevent getting burned out?

These are questions former Google exec and much chattered about new Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer has an interesting perspective on. Mayer – who clearly must know a thing or two about extreme hours – believes burnout is a myth. It simply doesn’t exist, in her opinion.

So what is this thing we perceive as burnout? Not the fall-out from working too much, she says, but another subtler problem we mistake for burnout.

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