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.