For today’s reading, we turn to a December 2007 FastCompany article by William Taylor, The Leader of the Future. In this piece Taylor, one of the founders of FastCompany, reports on a discussion with Ron Heifetz, director of the Leadership Education Project at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. You will likely remember that Heifetz is author of one of the views of leadership we studied early in the l
For today’s reading we turn to John Baldoni’s blog at the Harvard Business Review for his piece “How to Make People Passionate About Their Work”.
Baldoni notes that generating passion for what you do is essential, and doubly so in difficult times. He goes on to say that it is essential for a leader to have passion as it is vital to convincing others that their work matters.
He offers three suggestions for cultivating passion:
Much of a leader’s time is spent, formally or informally, working to influence decision makers, typically peers, cross-organizational colleagues, or those higher up in the organization. The Tuesday Reading this week – Effectively Influencing Decision Makers: Ensuring That Your Knowledge Makes a Difference – focuses on just this subject.
There’s lots of advice on finding and attracting staff and on identifying and retaining top performers you already have. Stephen DeMaio, in a recent blog entry – “How to Identify Employees’ Hidden Talents” – argues that it is even more important to look for your current staff's hidden strengths to find new skills and talents that have value to the organization.
DeMano suggests four approaches: