of Enthusiasm FORCE The Magnetic
Motivation: it’s a topic of great discussion and debate. If I had a dollar
for every time I’m asked how to motivate employees, well, you know
the adage: I would rival Oprah in the net worth department. Motivation
moves people to action—both internally and externally.
Without excitement for a cause displayed by
the one(s) leading the cause, how can others
get on board? Why should I believe and support your vision if it doesn’t stimulate you?
Being enthusiastic acts as a magnetic force to
bring others to us: People enjoy being around
those who are passionate about what they do.
This applies equally to the individual applying
for a job and the leader inviting others to work
toward the company’s goals.
Enthusiasm can be like Anthony Robbins’
“rah-rah” and fire-walks, but not exclusively.
A rose-colored-glasses attitude will only take
you so far; genuine enthusiasm and deep belief in your
cause will make the difference.
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Proceed With Caution
When working on a renovation project, I was
asked to secure an architect and interior designer, and after several site walks, interviews
and reference checks, I identified three worthy candidates in each profession. With the
architects having an entirely level playing field
of KSAs, the decision involved the very important element of enthusiasm. And yes, the
one who demonstrated his exhilaration for
the project was hired.
To contrast: With the interior designers,
one’s attitude and energy surpassed a cheerleader’s. There was no denying her desire for
the job and I found myself
considering how enjoyable it would be to work
with her. Her captivating
enthusiasm drew me in
though she had the KSAs,
she didn’t seem to “get”
our vision for the project,
so her firm was eliminated. Her extreme passion
did not replace my client’s
need for a specific result.
Whether you’re communicating a message you want
others to embrace, hiring
an employee or contractor,
or going after a new account, enthusiasm will provide an extra edge
that can make all the difference.
acts as a magnetic
force to bring
others to us:
People enjoy being
around those who
about what they do.
Doesn’t Live in a
Enthusiasm isn’t a panacea;
knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) must be present
to win. However, once present, enthusiasm elevates
the player. Be clear though,
KSAs must be acceptable
before enthusiasm should
count toward the winning
hand. Passion can be so bewitching that many
elevate its importance.