I have written many posts on finding work and on starting out on your own, but I am always inspired to write more when I visit Curt Rosengren’s weblog. His unwearying enthusiasm for occupational adventure seems to energize my thinking.
His recent provocative post has to do with a developing a passion for work in jobs that are just inherently menial and uninspiring. I had never given this any thought before. I wasn’t even sure it was possible. Now I know differently.
His post introduced me to Kathleen Williams, a management consultant to the fast food industry who is not afraid to get her hands dirty. Kathleen shows how leadership is the key determinant in making a menial job worth doing well. She identified five things that every employee needs from a leader in order to bring passion and commitment to their jobs.
Kathleen has this telling statement at the entrance to her consulting site:
As a Senior Executive you know exactly where you want your organization to go.
The problem is, that when you look around, no one else seems to have the same passion that you do…
She shows that there is a way to inspire passion in any job. It is not rocket science and it is being done every day.
You knew, of course, that there had to be a catch. Well there is. All it takes is the right kind of leadership.