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According to Deloitte, 64% of employees and even company leaders have no passion for their work. Is passion the new engagement? 

According to Deloitte, 64% of employees and even company leaders have no passion for their work. Is passion the new engagement? 
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“In the face of rapid technological change and global competition for talent, capital, and customers, we’re focused on the wrong thing, or at least too narrowly, if the intense investment in employee engagement has not produced employees willing and able to take on challenging issues and pursue new opportunities.”

Source: www2.deloitte.com

The piece suggests these three attributes are present in passionate people. They:

  • Seek out difficult challenges
  • Connect with others to find solutions
  • Really want to make an impact

 

People with these attributes are willing to risk being wrong and able to think flexibly, learn quickly, and create new knowledge.

 

Unfortunately, most organizations do not offer an environment that inspires passion. Risk-aversion, defensiveness, command-and-control attitudes, short-term performance measures, and silos are the bane of passion.

 

Interestingly, high engagement does not seem to move the needle as much as you might think it would on passion. What does seem to correlate closely is:

  • Autonomy
  • Being measured by outcomes
  • Opportunities and encouragement for cross-functional teaming
  • Recognition for ”thinking outside the box”
  • A positive attitude toward failure

 

Their quick-start guide includes tips such as: ditching rigid processes, passion-sucking reporting requirements, and soul-crushing micromanagement.

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