I have a number of things about which I’m just crazy passionate. If you begin talking about one of these things with me, you best be prepared for some long and involved discourse chock full of passion, ideas and vigor. Obviously, I’m passionate about leadership, culture development and employee engagement, but there are things that hit me on a conviction level that may not seem so directly related to what I do for work. Those things that when I drift in the general vicinity of them I can physically feel my heart beating faster.

Some of my passions are: masculinity instead of machoism, social justice/equality, ending poverty. These things get me all ramped up and I want to do anything and everything I can every chance I get to help further these things along. I’m one for being creative and strategic as opposed to the work your guts out approach. I’m not afraid of some hard work, but I’ll work smart before I work hard any day. My passions are about what I want to see different in my world. I would be a filthy little liar if I said this didn’t enter into my work world. It’s not by chance that it’s in my work world; I invite it to regularly reside there.

I’m passionate about honoring people and giving them value, simply because they’re breathing. Period. That can take the form of helping men understand healthy masculinity, working on a social justice project or helping to end poverty in some way. This desire influences how I interact with my clients and advise them. Pay close attention, I’m putting my ulterior motive for being in business on the internet.

I am a firm believer that quality leadership can remedy a large number of our social maladies. It would take God telling me I was a complete nutter for me to change my mind on this. People spend a significant majority of their lives at work and no matter the person, they are influenced by the environment the experience while working. It affects their health, how they interact with their spouse/partner, their kids, their friends and their team mates at work. That pretty much covers most of their lives.

With that kind of influence, the workplace takes on a much more important role than just a place to go and earn a paycheck. What kind of world do you want your kids to grow up in? What changes do you want to see in society? What are your passions? I’m not talking about gripes, but genuine passions. How can that be integrated into how you treat those in your organization? How can you incorporate that into your culture?

You will be amazed at the positive impact you can have on the communities your organization touches simply by providing a culture that embraces positive values within the workplace. Your employees will be much more engaged, it opens the door for community initiatives that strengthen your brand and most importantly, it’s the right thing to do. You are giving practical ways for your values to be communicated. People align themselves with values. You will create an entire movement of evangelists.

If the global standard is leading from a place of what stirs your passion for positively impacting the lives of humanity, then business becomes the global force that drives social change on a very practical level. I don’t know about you, but I love business and I’m tired of people having good reason to bash business in general because it’s about money and everyone/everything else can be damned. WE have the power to make this paradigm shift and I’m challenging everyone reading this to begin finding your passions and figuring out a way to bring them into your organization. Your business can change the world!

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  • Steve G

    William –

    You Hit The Mark (again!) Excellent Read!

    This post was extremely timely. I was talking to someone who was searching for a job. They’re looking for a message/theme to discuss in their cover letter and at the interview that described their job. My suggestion: Don’t Describe Your Job, Describe How That Job Fulfills A Personal Want/Desire.

    “People spend a significant majority of their lives at work and no matter the person, they are influenced by the environment they experience while working. It affects their health, how they interact with their spouse/partner, their kids, their friends and their teammates at work.” This is so true – no matter how much you try to leave your work at the office, it takes an incredibly strong person not to bring any of “it” home! Imagine if you were FULFILLED at your job – how would that be reflected at home!

    “With that kind of influence, the workplace takes on a much more important role than just a place to go and earn a paycheck.” Yes, for some people, work is just a paycheck, can’t fault them – but for many, their job needs to fulfill a need that goes deeper than their paycheck. In Daniel Pink’s DRIVE, what is it that truly motivates people…? It’s more than a paycheck.

    “You will be amazed at the positive impact you can have on the communities your organization touches simply by providing a culture that embraces positive values within the workplace.” This speaks of EMPOWERMENT – imagine a work culture that is so empowering, that the team takes what they have learned or developed at work and applies it to the outside world and those they come in contact with…where they live, where they pray, where they volunteer their time…

    William, thanks revealing your motives – always inspiring should be one of them!

    SPGonz

  • Fulfilled, Drive and Empowerment. Very powerful words, Steve. Thanks so much for taking the time to contribute!

    Cheers,
    William

  • I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that I agree, quality leadership solves many of the great problems plaguing our society. Thanks for the great post and reminder. If we’re not going to do something with passion and commitment, let’s just stay home.

    Mike…

  • William, you and I were cut from the same cloth, brother! Your post totally resonates with me, and I applaud you for “putting it out there!” Keep on keepin’ on!

  • Thanks for your enthusiastic support, Erin! Glad there are amazing leaders like you with a heart to make such a difference.

  • Absolutely Mike! So many folks spend a ridiculous amount of time doing the right things for the wrong reasons. So much power comes from passion. Thanks for your thoughts my friend!

  • I loved this post, William! I’m passionate about the work I’ve done in the mission field equipping the next generation of leaders in an East African nation. Raising my own children, and helping these kids in a Third World country, give me a sense of purpose in this world that is the legacy I’ll leave behind. Whether I’m ever successful in business or not, following my passion ensures that I’m making a difference in the world. And I’m content with that…

  • That’s awesome Tara! I love that you used the word “legacy” and it was tied to serving others. That’s the main focus of my next book that I’m currently writing. Love it!

    Cheers,
    William

  • I’m glad I came to visit you where your work is your passion William. You’ve inspired me. Thank you for this post.

  • My pleasure my friend. We all need to find our passion based “Why?” and run to the horizon with it. It’s the least we can do for humanity.