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Episode 12: Building Your Own Catalyst Culture

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“The key to avoiding burnout is finding things that you can control,” explains host Dr. Lara Salyer. When you create a catalyst culture in your workplace, everyone benefits. When your culture is aligned with your core values, it will be easier to defend yourself against burnout. In order to build your own catalyst culture, it is crucial that you understand the 12 principles involved. 

Dr. Salyer shares that in order to embrace the catalyst lifestyle, you must consider the 12 principles of a catalyst culture. Burnout typically comes when people feel out of control in at least one area of their lives. 

The key to avoiding burnout is to figure out which areas you can control and make any necessary adjustments to your lifestyle to accommodate your needs in those areas. It is important to allow yourself time for recovery so that you can utilize your time more effectively.

Tune into this week’s episode of The Catalyst to learn each of the 12 principles of a catalyst culture. Discover how embracing a catalyst culture can help you to avoid burnout.

About The Catalyst Host, Dr. Lara Salyer:

I worked as a family physician for 15 years until burnout changed the trajectory of my career. I realized I wanted to start a holistic functional medicine practice in my rural hometown and made it happen. In addition to practicing functional medicine, I now mentor practitioners who are looking to change their paths in healthcare by using what I refer to as the “Catalyst Roadmap”. I share each step of this framework with listeners so that they may apply it to their careers, relationships, personal goals, and projects. 

In This Episode I'm Talking About:

  • The 12 principles of a catalyst culture
  • Burnout proofing with flow 
  • “Culture” isn’t corporate babble, you need it in every career


  • “Culture is important. It is how we do what we do, and why we do what we do. And it can be a great vaccination against burnout.” (1:00-1:10)


  • “The reason people burn out is they forget about that fourth crucial stage of flow cycle, which is recovery.” (7:46-7:54)


  • “When you feel out of control in one area, it affects all areas. When you regain control in one area, you feel more in control in other areas.” (11:03-11:16)


  • “The key to avoiding burnout is finding things that you can control.(13:05-13:09) 


  • “Pleasure feels good, but it’s also temporary. Pain is also temporary. And the mark of a mature self-actualized person is realizing that everything is temporary, and when they can sit in that discomfort, that’s where the power lies. That’s the emotional autonomy. And when you invite this uncomfortableness in, and you realize that’s just part of normal life, then you become the extreme catalyst.” (19:49-20:18)


  • “I think a catalyst culture helps everybody see that we’re all in this together. There is not one ego that is more important than the other.” (39:16-39:25)

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