Monday, January 2, 2012

Have you found your passion?

"Purpose and passion are the internal drivers that determine employees' performance and their commitment to the organization, factors that ultimately have a very real impact on business results. ... Without [individual purpose, an employee's] journey meanders, their actions lack meaning, and their passion is left unexpressed in their work - a combination likely to leave them disengaged, dispirited, restless, ... or worse."  The Purpose Linked Organization:  How Passionate Leaders Inspire Winning Teams and Great Results by Alaina Love and Marc Cugnon.



We all know people who don't seem to have their heart in their work.  And it shows.  Some may not actively try to let everyone know how unhappy they are, but it doesn't work.  No matter where you work, when you are passionate about what you do...it shows.  And if you aren't...that shows too.  How you got there doesn't matter, but it is how you are going to get out that is the key.  The most important thing to do is to find out what drives you.  What makes you feel like you are contributing.  Is it something you can do in your current position?  If not, where should you look for it?

The Purpose Linked Organization provides short stories of what disengagement looks like and how following passion makes a positive difference for real leaders.  In addition, it provides a link to the Passion ProfilerTM and a short version of your Passion Archetype Cluster.  The book provides a in-depth look at each archetype, including roles or functions in which the archetype thrives.  As the new year begins, many people add finding a new job or progressing in their career path to their list of New Year's Resolutions.  If you seem to be less than satisfied with what appears to be a great job, I encourage you to check out this book and take the Passion ProfilerTM.  The profiler is eerily accurate and the book challenges you to look outside the box for ways to incorporate your passion into a meaninful career.