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How to Create a Workplace that Actually Inspires Passion

Helping employees apply passion

  • Frame a powerful question using open-ended prompts, such as "is this what we should be doing" and "what else is possible," that encourage creative thinking and inspire new approaches.
  • Prioritize performance objectives. Set high-impact performance objectives and track the progress. Make tradeoffs to accelerate movement toward the shared outcomes.

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How to Create a Workplace that Actually Inspires Passion

How to Create a Workplace that Actually Inspires Passion

https://hbr.org/2020/07/how-to-create-a-workplace-that-actually-inspires-passion

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Passion leads to motivation for learning

There are three qualities of people who have the kind of passion that is associated with performance improvement.

  • A long-term commitment to increasing your impact in a particular area, such as banking, medicine,
  • A desire to find new challenges and seeing them as exciting opportunities for growth.
  • A connecting disposition that actively seeks connections with others to help address these challenges.

Helping employees cultivate passion

Two critical work environment design principles that help employees cultivate passion:

  • Creating systems for experimentation to help learners discover their particular domains. This can happen through processes, tools, and management support.
  • Supporting connection among workers. Companies can make it easy for employees to find others with relevant expertise, both within and outside the organization.

Helping employees apply passion

  • Frame a powerful question using open-ended prompts, such as "is this what we should be doing" and "what else is possible," that encourage creative thinking and inspire new approaches.
  • Prioritize performance objectives. Set high-impact performance objectives and track the progress. Make tradeoffs to accelerate movement toward the shared outcomes.

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