We tear of the 1st of December from our calendar, and I am reading an article in the Huffington Post that makes me happy. Because; have you ever thought that CEO’s would talk about passion and emotions of employees? I read that for the coming years these words will transform from dictionary definitions to a real meaning with power.
The Huffington Post interviewed three of the smartest analysts in the world – Ray Wang, Esteban Kolsky and Louis Columbus about how to drive change with software. They say that enterprise software is overall boring and to deliver strong responsive, high energy and customer focused service a “sexy” digital environment is essential.
Companies with passion “kicking butt right now”
The analyst foresee in the next coming years that technology is the enabler of aligning people with their passions. They all convinced about the power of passion if you align someone’s personal goals with the company goals.
Passion delivers value
“The best leaders are able to find the intersection of what someone is best at and what has the greatest opportunity to deliver value to the company,” says Columbus.
They all agree on that the companies that have passion are “kicking butt right now”, companies like Salesforce.com, Dreamforce, Netflix and HubSpot are running on passion and not dollars they say.
These analysts emphasizes that companies really can benefit by strengthen the connection between employees, leadership and the ambition of the company. That digital is an enabler to succeed there is for them no argue about.
The work force is calling
That businesses can benefit from navigating peoples passion is for me since years not a matter of dispute. We are facing huge troubles if it goes about the productivity and engagement of people. Only 12% of the work force is daily fully engaged and delivers more then they are paid for (human capital institute). For me these numbers are not strange, because more and more people expect to find more in work then just the monthly pay check. Through the years becoming more valuable, finding meaning and having pleasure in the job are more important.
If businesses want to drive sustainable growth they have to tap into the “inner voice” of their employees. At least if we really want that our work force is unfolding at their best, we have to conduct meaningful conversations with them. Talking about what makes people happy, within what context and then provide that what is best to facilitate their development.
New leadership focus
Jerry Were, General Manager of Nyungwe Forrest Lodge applied the “value dialogue”. He changed the way traditional job appraisals were held. Instead of telling people what to do, he gave them space to talk about their passion, self-efficacy and motivation to grow. He spoke about the impact of the work context and how to facilitate the employees in order to feel good and to be at their best.
The impact of having these meaningful conversations increased the effectiveness of leadership. People experienced more genuine dialogues and above all it gave a boost to motivation and performance. This year Nyungwe Forrest Lodge Rwanda won the CNN’s award of best place to visit. This emphasized for me that putting people at first place and act according to it, will will boost performance. It gives people in businesses a reason to give their passion and creativity on a daily base.
I am happy to be the founder of The Dantefactor Company and The Playmakers. It is a privilege to provide the compass that helps to conduct a real “value dialogue”. I want to make a meaningful contribution to the world of work. I strive that everybody in the world is able to experience daily joy in adding value in work.