To break things up a bit in 2011, I will be offering a leadership limerick each Monday, highlighting an idea or strategy about effective leadership in limerick form.
You say that it's no longer fun
So perhaps your time here is done
When your energy is drained
And your expression is pained
Toward new challenges you probably should run
Even the most interesting work with the best colleagues can be draining, except that the sense of depletion comes from giving it your all toward something that you care about in the good company of others.
When our work—be it career or volunteer—starts to be little more than a negative drain of energy and emotion, it's time to make a change before we become a negative drain on others. Like the best entertainers, we need to not succumb to the temptation of sticking around beyond our prime … or our passion … and instead leave while positive feelings still exist. Doing so frees up the energy we've been using to "psych ourselves up" for new work that we are automatically psyched to complete.