“Passion is the genesis of genius” – Galileo

Do you leap out of bed each morning eager to start your day? According to Galileo “Passion is the genesis of genius” – it is the difference between a master pianist and someone who plays the piano.  It is the difference between a CrossFit champion and someone who goes to gym occasionally to keep fit. What does that passion look like in the workplace?

A passionate person sees the big picture and has bought in to the importance of every step that leads to achieving a goal. Passionate people are engaging and contagious. If passion defines you, it makes sense that your personal best will be about you and no one else. Engaged employees are passionate about their work. However, research has shown that engaged employees are rare. According to Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace report, only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work.

Engaged workers stand apart from their not-engaged and actively disengaged counterparts because of the discretionary effort they consistently bring to their roles. These employees willingly go the extra mile, work with passion, and feel a profound connection to their company. They are the people who will drive innovation and move your business forward.

So what does passion look and feel like? A great way to understand passion is to consider what makes passionate people different from everybody else and what ignites that passion.

Passion starts with a purpose

Igniting passion starts with defining your personal and company purpose: your beliefs, values, passions, principles and connection to the company’s mission. Purpose isn’t what a group does, but why it performs. Defining your purpose is just the first step. Leaders must activate people’s emotions and desires. If having a purpose encourages people to do the right things, then passion motivates them to give extraordinary performance.

Passion is contagious

If you’ve had the opportunity to work alongside someone who’s passionate about what they do, you’ve experienced how exciting and rewarding this can be. People are much more likely to buy into ideas, take risks, or provide you with their creativity and resources if they can feel how committed you are to your cause. Clients will notice, as well, and want to work with you so they can share in your energy.

Passion thrives in a positive environment

Creating a positive environment begins with the leader and in particular with the leader’s attitude to the team’s vision. The vision should be clear, motivational and should provide an identity for the team.  Leaders should have a real passion for the team’s vision and should advocate it strongly at every opportunity, to bring it alive and make it happen. Passionate people are always focused on what can be rather than what is. They’re always chasing their next goal with the unwavering belief that they’ll achieve it.

When leaders set a positive example in the way that they take genuine delight in people’s successes it makes a real difference to the team’s attitudes and behaviours and it quickly energises, or re-energises, the whole team.

Recognise and reinforce passion

In the context of work, passion refers to strong emotions that drive energy and engagement. To foster passion, leaders must set the stage by openly sharing their own desires and emotional interests. When leaders are unafraid to show their own excitement, others will follow suit. Great leaders recognise and reward people whose passion drives them beyond basic job requirements.

When employees openly express passion for their work, you must recognise and honour it; otherwise, you risk losing it. In a truly engaged workplace, everyone relies on peers for praise and acknowledgment. A leader must encourage this.

Engagement vs. passion

Engaged employees are switched on: conscientious about their work, do everything that is expected of them and comply with policies and procedures to the letter. Then there are passionate employees. These people don’t just stick to the rulebook – they do whatever it takes to delight customers. These emotionally committed employees are passionate about their work, and the organisation they work for.

Having a team of professionals who love their jobs isn’t a nice-to-have—it’s a must have to achieve your company’s goals. Make passion the key to your company culture and you will breed excellence in all aspects of your service. Passionate people are resourceful, and they’ll do whatever it takes to make their vision come true. It also brings out the best teamwork and the best results.

Great achievements are powered by emotions

Something few organisations have tried, yet something that contributes to our level of satisfaction and enjoyment in life is emotional intelligence. Passion is an emotion! Emotional Intelligence involves a set of skills that define how effectively people perceive, understand, reason with and manage their own and others’ feelings. These skills are important in life and at work, as emotions are an inherent part of workplace activities at all levels. Research studies suggest that Emotional Intelligence can be developed. How about enhancing your passion for life and work by developing your Emotional Intelligence?

Maurice Kerrigan Africa offers a two-day course on Personal Mastery & Emotional Intelligence (EQ) that will give you the emotional intelligence training you need to optimise your performance and leadership skills by managing your own and others’ emotions.

Book your seat at the upcoming course scheduled for 17 – 18 May, 2017 in Johannesburg.

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