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Why Does Passion Drive Pull?

Posted by Mark Bennett on May 7, 2010


We’re all, individuals as well as businesses, feeling increasing levels of stress. Competition is intensifying, the pressure to perform continues to rise, yet current approaches we use provide further diminishing returns so even maintaining our current performance is difficult these days. With increased stress, relationships deteriorate and fear begins to take over. With that fear, people turn inward and the cycle just gets worse. How can we turn things around? How could something like “passion” be part of the solution?

Passion is not just nice to have in your workforce; it will make the difference between businesses succeeding vs. falling further behind as competition continues to intensify. Meg, Amy, Vivian, Paul and I attended an excellent Churchill Club event Tuesday evening with Tim O’Reilly interviewing “The Power of Pull” authors John Hagel III and John Seely Brown. They talked about how vital passion is in making “Pull” work and what companies can do to keep passion alive in their employees. They described a few things about passionate workers, but I’ll focus on one that has a lot to do with how “The Power of Pull” can help companies and individuals not just cope, but thrive in a world of accelerating change.

Passionate workers are often the most connected and collaborative. Something about that passion makes them want to find others to share that passion with. In turn, those connections and collaborations help attract resources to where they are best suited and put to use in achieving performance. This works for the individuals, their teams, and their organizations. Passionate workers are curious as well and have found connections and collaboration excellent ways to find out more about their company and its business model.

Passion is shared, but people experience it in their own individual way. This is where the power of shared purpose combined with diverse contribution makes itself felt. The shared purpose is a shared belief, a shared passion, a compelling emotion that motivates each person to do their very best in the best way they now how and the results are proof of that belief. The shared passion attracts more talent that also shares the same passion and this in turn creates even more knowledge.

That’s the takeaway – passion flourishes in networks and drives their creation as well. Passionate workers collaborate and leverage each other’s knowledge in these networks. They pull resources and creative energy to the places that allow them to achieve their purpose, the “why” at the center of the golden circle. This purposeful collaboration drives their individual and team performance as well as the performance of their organization to levels higher than ever before.

6 Responses to “Why Does Passion Drive Pull?”

  1. […] Why Does Passion Drive Pull? […]

  2. Amy Wilson said

    I was really intrigued by “the John’s” assertion that employee satisfaction is a useless metric – that what you really want is passion. This got me thinking about how passion compares with engagement. It seems that passionate employees are a subset of engaged and actively disengaged employees … and that engagement is a circular continuum rather than a linear one (much like politics) – that there is a fine line between the most actively engaged employees and the most actively disengaged ones. The question is: are you harnessing your passion for good or evil in your company?

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  4. I use to work in a Supermarket. The #1 here in Peru. They have a vision like: For the employee, the customers are the most important thing. For the Company, the employee are the motto. When a Business knows well its individuals, it works much better. Its not to satisfy their needs as much as to make them part of the business as one with them. Knowing every vision of the house has to be a common share, that would get them to wnat to grow together or search for other choice. Business are business, if you want to grow, chose your team wisely. People matter!
    ~Great Blog!
    Mirian from peelingtheorange.

  5. […] the subject himself. The evenings were somewhat frustrating but, to give him his due, he was madly passionate and enthusiastic. After only four weekly night classes and despite his noticeable lack of knowledge […]

  6. […] at the TEDxBayAreaWomen event.  John – thank you for the great insight – I am now as big of a fan as Mark  John’s key message was that we need trust-based relationships to create knowledge […]

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