In a word, success is ultimately dependent on passion. Passion makes the world go ’round. Yours. Your employee’s. Your customer’s. A company’s ability to identify and capture their passion directly affects success.
Here are three simple steps that will help you identify and use passion in your company’s success. Make the process inclusive. Do it in a formal session. Include valued managers and employees for the best results.
Step 1: Write Down the Things Your Company Believes in Passionately.
You’ll be amazed and impressed at the feedback you get on this one question. Foster an open “peer” discussion with all of the participants input. The goal is to clearly define what you and others identify as the things you believe most passionately in.
Step 2: Write Down the Things Your Company is Especially Good At Doing
Be objective. The goal of this process is not to reinforce what we want to be good at. But, what we are actually good at. Again, work for consensus vs. unanimous agreement on this from all participants.
If you have surrounded yourself with capable people getting unanimous agreement may not be in the cards. Good thinkers think differently. That’s where consensus becomes important.
Step 3: Clearly Identify How the Priorities In Steps 1 & 2 Help Accomplish Your Business Goals.
Chances are some will and some won’t. At this point there are three questions to ask:
- What are the gaps?
- Which gaps do we want to “fix”?
- Which gaps are irrelevant and/or, based on predicted results not worth the effort and resources to address.