PASSION AT WORK
The strongest may survive but it is the passionate that will thrive.
In my bookÂ SOUP, Nancy, the CEO of Soup Inc., writes a memo about passion to share with all her employees. Hereâ€™s what she said:
If weÂ as a company are going to feed greatness and build a world-class company, then we need to infuse passion into our soup and into each other. This means that we must be a company that is filled with passionate people. In the past, you could be lukewarm and mediocre and still be successful. Not anymore.
Now, in todayâ€™s competitive environment, your passion and your purpose must be greater than your challenges. To be successful you have to be willing to work harder, learn more, practice longer, lead better, smile more, and love deeper, and this requires passion.
Passion wakes you up 30 minutes earlier. It dials your phone one more time to make one more sale. It rallies your team together when times are tough. It moves you to see one more customer after a long day. It inspires you to help a struggling colleague. It provides legendary customer service. Passion transforms workplaces, powers champions, and fuels winning teams.
â€œWhat aboutÂ someone who has a low-paying job or who is in a job that, quite frankly, is hard to be passionate about?â€ you might ask. Iâ€™ve been thinking a lot about this, and itâ€™s not the job or the money you are being paid, but rather, itâ€™s the passion you bring to your job that matters. After all, Iâ€™ve met bus drivers who are more passionate about their jobs than professional athletes making millions of dollars. Iâ€™ve worked my way up in countless jobs, and I was as passionate about stocking shelves as I am about being CEO of this company.
Sure, I realize that not everyone is going to be passionate about all their daily responsibilities associated with their job. Iâ€™m certainly not passionate about everything I have to do each day. However, in these cases, you can focus on the one aspect of your job that you are passionate about. You can be passionate about the organization you work for. You can be passionate about your team members and helping them improve, grow, and succeed. You can be passionate about your mission and customers. You can be passionate about making a difference.
To allÂ those in this company who feel they arenâ€™t able to express their passion because they are in the wrong position and would rather do something else, at Soup, Inc., I want you to be honest about this. We will do everything in our power to find a role or position in the company that allows you to use your gifts and strengths to serve our company with passion.
And, ifÂ there are no jobs that you are passionate about at Soup, Inc., and you are meant to do something else, thatâ€™s okay, too. We will do everything we can to help you find another job with another company that allows you to express and live your passion. This is good for you and your future, and itâ€™s also good for us.
HoppingÂ on another bus to live your passion will help you thrive, and it will also make room on our bus for those who are passionate about Soup, Inc.â€”and with a bus filled with passionate people we, too, will thrive.
How about you?Â Are you passionate about what you are doing at work? Are you living and working with passion? Is your team passionate? Do you agree with what Nancy says about passion? Share your thoughtsÂ on our blogÂ orÂ Facebook page.
For more ways to nourish and inspire your team readÂ SOUPÂ today!Â
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