Monday, October 13, 2008

More on Passion: Send 'em to Passion Training!


My last post Is “Passion” a Reasonable Performance Expectation? generated a lot of insightful and helpful comments. That's what's so great about this new world of blogging and social networking; throw a question out here and you'll find a lot of practical advice and information from experts in the trenches.

I also got a chuckle when I opened this week's issue of HR.com and saw this teaser:

Leaders Need Passionate Teams, Especially in Tough Times Difficult times call for difficult measures. As Jacqueline Throop-Robinson explains, leaders need to bring Passion back to the workplace.More...

How timely! That's sounds like what I need. So I did a quick Google search, and I found the author's website, called PassionWorks!

It turns out we can send our employees to passion training. Really, I'm not making this up. It's even in PersonnelToday.com, so it must be legit!

But wait, there's more! They even have an electronic diagnostic assessment that measures passion:

"If you are a leader looking to stimulate passion in your people - this diagnostic tool is for you. Leaders use our diagnostic tool to help their direct reports become more accountable for creating and sustaining the specific conditions that create PassionFlow™ within them. You can’t make someone else passionate, but you can help a colleague to take control over their own passion at work!"

How cool is that? I'm all for stimulating a little passion flow in the workplace. I am so in.

Maybe I can get a handle on that sarcasm and cynicism that rears its ugly head now and then.

10 comments:

James Higham said...

Passion works but so does a dose of rational attention to detail blended in.

Ann said...

Passion training? Seriously? Should this be categorized with programs that train people to have integrity? What's next - pay for passion?

Your partner in sarcasm and cynicism....

Deb Acle said...

This is so sad. They've lost the plot. Never mind, someone's getting rich off the back of a buzz word. Plus ca change.

CherryPie said...

Along with the passion you definitely need some focus too!

steveroesler said...

Do you have to contact your doctor if the PassionFlow lasts more than four hours?

Dan McCarthy said...

Steve -
Probably. Although I wonder why 4 hours? What happens after that?

Wally Bock said...

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Dan McCarthy said...

thanks, Wally!

Jacqueline Throop Robinson said...

Hi All,

Passion is definitely a word that elicits good conversation and jokes! I've heard many "passion at work" jokes but the "calling the doctor" one is new! :-)

I'd love to talk to all of you more about the subject as I always learn a lot when I do!

What I've found in my conversations with people is that people certainly know what it feels like to be passionate about their work (most do, anyway)but most people don't know what specific factors create this within them. We have been fortunate enough to have interviewed hundreds of people who helped us figure this out. In a nutshell, we learned that people often do know what they care about, which is a big part of it, but the other element that is key is seeing in your environment signs of your progress. Without these signs, passion evaporates, particularly over time. We have to take action toward things that matter and those actions have to result in a sense of progress towards those things that matter most. We also learned that when people do care a great deal but they don't feel any progress their passion is replaced with what we call griping. You care but you feel stuck or hindered so you end up griping. During our conversations, we defined a number of these "other" phases. Anyway, people told us that without these drivers of passion (meaning and progress), people might be somewhat engaged at work but it was never one of those work experiences that would be remembered as a special time.

If anyone is interested in trying our online diagnostic tool, I'd be happy to set you up with a complimentary tool. The report it generates, gives you a high-level overview of our research and maybe this is a good place to start a conversation.

Take care,
Jacqueline
jacqueline@passionworks.ca

Dan McCarthy said...

Jacqueline -
Thanks for stopping by! You seem like a good sport and I hope you get some inquirys from my readers.