12
May
09

Your “passion” for business and leadership will see you through

There is a dividing line that separates leaders from no-compromise leaders. On one side, “leader” is something that describes a title or job. It’s simply the work you do. This leader says, “I lead.” On the other side of the dividing line is an inherent and unmistakable emotional intensity radiating from the no-compromise leader. It’s like a gravitational pull to a higher calling that converges on the vision and greater purpose of the company. It’s intense passion and it’s impossible to be a no-compromise leader without it. Why? If you don’t have passion for what you do, it’s just too easy to give in – to compromise. The no-compromise leader says, “We’re going to make the world a better place for all,” and believes this with every fiber of his or her being.
Passion fuels a higher calling and a natural enthusiasm for all that you do. So much so that others can sense and capture that same passion. The no-compromise leader’s passion attracts and engages others in the most positive way. That shared passion then lifts the performance of the entire company. Consider any great leader in history, business or otherwise, and you will find an innate passion as the driving force behind his or her accomplishments.
Here are a few no-compromise strategies to ensure that your passion is shining bright:
    * What will your company look like on the other side of this recession? These are crazy and tense times for all leaders. To avoid getting consumed and dragged down by today’s challenges and bad economic news, raise your sights and target what you want your company to look like on the other side of this recession. Paint a bold picture of success and opportunity. Make it so cool and enticing that you’ll want to lead your team there.
    * What does your company flag look like? Yes, I said, “flag.” If you’re going to lead your team to victory, you’ll need a flag. Assemble a “flag design team” and charge them with the mission of creating a flag that your company will carry through this recession to that cool place you defined in your vision. There’s no better way to lift the spirits of your team than getting them fired up for a journey back to good times.
    * Flip your switch from reactive to proactive: It’s hard to keep your passion for business and leadership burning bright when you’re stuck reacting to situations. Going proactive puts you on the offensive. Going proactive lifts you up so you can lift your team up. Going proactive means innovative new strategies and 100% execution. 
If you have the fire in your gut to achieve your dreams against all odds, you have passion. If you get excited and light up when you tell others about your work, you have passion. When you hear your employees talking about their work and the company with the same passion as you – your passion for success has created a company-wide mojo that’s virtually unstoppable.
Pass this email on to your business colleagues, managers and friends.
Neil Ducoff, Strategies founder & CEO
passionate2There is a dividing line that separates leaders from no-compromise leaders. On one side, “leader” is something that describes a title or job. It’s simply the work you do. This leader says, “I lead.” On the other side of the dividing line is an inherent and unmistakable emotional intensity radiating from the no-compromise leader. It’s like a gravitational pull to a higher calling that converges on the vision and greater purpose of the company. It’s intense passion and it’s impossible to be a no-compromise leader without it. Why? If you don’t have passion for what you do, it’s just too easy to give in – to compromise. The no-compromise leader says, “We’re going to make the world a better place for all,” and believes this with every fiber of his or her being.
Passion fuels a higher calling and a natural enthusiasm for all that you do. So much so that others can sense and capture that same passion. The no-compromise leader’s passion attracts and engages others in the most positive way. That shared passion then lifts the performance of the entire company. Consider any great leader in history, business or otherwise, and you will find an innate passion as the driving force behind his or her accomplishments.
Here are a few no-compromise strategies to ensure that your passion is shining bright:
  • What will your company look like on the other side of this recession? These are crazy and tense times for all leaders. To avoid getting consumed and dragged down by today’s challenges and bad economic news, raise your sights and target what you want your company to look like on the other side of this recession. Paint a bold picture of success and opportunity. Make it so cool and enticing that you’ll want to lead your team there.
  • What does your company flag look like? Yes, I said, “flag.” If you’re going to lead your team to victory, you’ll need a flag. Assemble a “flag design team” and charge them with the mission of creating a flag that your company will carry through this recession to that cool place you defined in your vision. There’s no better way to lift the spirits of your team than getting them fired up for a journey back to good times.
  • Flip your switch from reactive to proactive: It’s hard to keep your passion for business and leadership burning bright when you’re stuck reacting to situations. Going proactive puts you on the offensive. Going proactive lifts you up so you can lift your team up. Going proactive means innovative new strategies and 100% execution. 
If you have the fire in your gut to achieve your dreams against all odds, you have passion. If you get excited and light up when you tell others about your work, you have passion. When you hear your employees talking about their work and the company with the same passion as you – your passion for success has created a company-wide mojo that’s virtually unstoppable.
Pass this email on to your business colleagues, managers and friends.
Neil Ducoff, Strategies founder & CEO
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