His passion for the topic . . .
Dr. Jackson's interest in the topic of burnout dates back to his dissertation which examined stress-related anxiety in gifted students. A significant correlation was found between the failure of these students to meet their own expectations and high levels of stress. It seems that highly competent individuals often share a tendency to expect a great deal of themselves and tend to experience great anxiety when they are unable to deliver the level of performance for which they strive.
In his experience as a public school educator and administrator, Chuck became aware that many highly effective staff members started to exhibit symptoms of what is sometimes referred to as "compassion fatigue". Their commitment to excellence did not waiver despite the daily demands created by a lack of parental support, a deterioration in societal conditions, budget cuts, new governmental regulations and more rigorous accountabilty standards. These demands ultimately took their toll on the physical and emotional health of those who wished to continue to deliver quality instruction to the students they served.
Dr. Jackson's awareness of the challenges of burnout in the healthcare industry was heightened in 2007 when his father was initially diagnosed with multiple myeloma. During a span of over five years, he watched countless caregivers in hospitals, clinics, radiation units and chemo infusion centers work tirelessly to help manage the ravages of this incurable form of cancer. To this day he remains exceedingly thankful for the compassionate care his father and family received from the healthcare professionals he met along the way. This sense of gratitude motivated him to want to be a source of support to those who dedicate their lives to the medical profession.
As a dad himself, he also has an special place in his heart for nurses. His daughter, a nurse for more than a decade, is a constant source of insight into the challenges of daily patient contact and care. His parental concern for her provides yet another reason for his passion to work to promote the personal and professional wellness of those who give so so much of themselves to secure the well-being of others. It just seems so unfortunate to him that, too often, those who give the most - also suffer the most. Chuck seeks therefore be a resource to individuals and organizations interested in battling the debilitating condition called burnout.
Proven on the platform . . .
For over 25 years, Dr. Jackson has used the professional expertise he developed as an educator, counselor and administrator to serve his clients. It has been his privilege to serve a variety of helping professionals in the fields of medicine, education, government service and human relations. In all of these professions, individuals are being asked to do more with less. Chuck has a gift for offering encouragement and practical advice to help stem the tide of employee burnout. One attendee oberserved, "Rare is the presenter that can move you from laughter to tears and back gain. I was truly moved by Dr. Jackson's presentation!"
Why the overalls? . . .
When Chuck takes the stage clad in his signature bib overalls with starched
dress shirt and tie, his audiences know immediately that they are in for an unconventional and entertaining experience. However, his unusual attire is not just a costume. The bibs prove to be somewhat disarming and indicative of Chuck's approachable style that urges participants in a warm and non-threatening way to examine the thoughts and behaviors that may be contributing to stress in the workplace.
Chuck encourages participants to reflect on the ways they may have "prejudged" him based on his outward appearance. Some report that they see him as humorous or unique, while others report that they anticipated that he might be frivolous, uneducated or unsophisticated. He asks the audience to reflect on how those early assumptions might have inhibited their ability to take him seriously or to believe he might have something of value to share. Chuck then challenges participants to consider ways that such prejudgements might detrimentally affect their relationships with colleagues and patients.
On a personal note . . .
Chuck and his wife, Gina reside in the scenic "lake country" of northeastern Oklahoma where they serve as pastors to the South Grand Lake Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). They share 10 beautiful grandchildren who bring great joy to their lives.