Last week I had the honor of speaking at the annual Alan Weiss Million Dollar Consulting Mentor Summit for the third year in a row and crafted a talk on leveraging passion to drive business results.
A smart, inquisitive audience from across the globe, here are some of the questions they asked:
What is passion, exactly?
How does one uncover it?
How do I put it to work for me in business?
How do I make my passion relevant to the needs of my clients?
What are the other, important elements of sustaining oneself?
How do I know when it’s time to let go of something that I’ve been passionate about?
Good questions, all.
Here are the 5 characteristics of passion that I shared with the audience as they relate to business:
Vitality: infuses us with a positive, contagious energy of the best kind
Sincerity: conveys meaning and purpose, about ourselves and our clients
Distinguishing and Defining: builds brand and elevates us above the market noise
Sustaining: carries us through the inevitable hurdles of business
Expanding: grows with us and becomes more than we can envision in the here and now
I also said what passion is not.
It is not the absence of fear.
And it is not a lack of seriousness.
If there is an antonym for passion in the world of business, it is disengagement. The last Gallup poll I read placed that number at close to 70% in the US. 70%. Take that in for a moment. If you’re wondering how to leverage your own passion and that of your team to drive business outcomes, drop me a note at: firstname.lastname@example.org
And if you’re thinking about how to uncover your passion, about 20% of my work is with executives who are asking just that question and are in transition. For more: email@example.com