Category Archives: Passion

Go the Girls

So pleased to see Michelle Payne’s winning ride today in the Melbourne Cup and her stirring words:
“its such a chauvinistic sport…I just can’t say how grateful I am to them and I just wanted to say to everyone else you can get stuffed, because they think women aren’t strong enough but WE just beat the world”.

Passionate about efficiency, recycling and making less stuff

2010 has really run away from me, so I’ve only just read a 2009 article about Peter Drucker at 100 – from the editors of Harvard Business Review. They express a view that I observe in myself and others: we know we should do the right thing – e.g. sustainability – but there’s no passion in “shoulds”, so the challenge is to find what we are passionate about that is also doing good.  It’s encouraging to read that the editors “came away [from the Drucker Institute event] convinced that key business leaders are, in fact, actually trying to make the world a better place”.

I know that I am passionate about certain aspects of sustainability – being efficient, recycling and making less stuff – so I can passionately talk with managers and ask: “wouldn’t you like to do something that would save your organisation money, give you “greenie points” and have your employees and stakeholders proud to be associated with your company?”  – thinking that no sensible manager would be able resist that sort of triple bottom line offer.

Surprisingly, a lot of managers are resistant and I am getting used to the “yes, but…” response, or a rolling of the eyes, so my aim over the Christmas break is to develop a stronger argument for the business case for sustainability.

Speaking of Christmas – which to me used to be a big “waste” time of year – I am enjoying spending up big again with Oxfam Unwrapped, trusting that my spending spree will bring a smile to the faces of my friends and family, as well as helping others live through the next year (a sobering thought).

Best wishes to all for a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

What is a friend?

“A friend is one to whom you can pour out the contents of
your heart, chaff and grain alike, knowing that the gentlest of
hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and
with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”
—anonymous

Courtesy of Guy Kawasaki, The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardeded Guide for Anyone Starting Anything (entrepreneur’s business-book)

We’re in this together

A retailer in our local area went into administration recently after three decades in business. The comments in the local paper indicated that if people had known the retailer was in trouble, they would have made more of an effort to go there instead of heading to a “big name” retailer for the latest bargain.

I think we are going to find more of this over the next few months and trust we can support each other, by reaching out to check that our friends and colleagues and local businesses are OK.  I am paying particular attention to some of my regular haunts who are offering lots of specials, in an effort to drive business into the store.  I’m making a special effort to ignore the few extra cents I pay and make sure I patronise those who seem to be running a good local business.

I’m also noticing an increase in letters for donations and even though I cringe a bit at the sight of them, I know that I can afford to give to everyone who asks, so the answer is always “yes”.  It saves time and thinking when I already know the answer and reminds me how fortunate I am that I can always give to someone in need.

Spring and passion is in the air

It’s spring, it’s passion month and I’ve just returned from the XL Entrepreneur Business School in Bali.  What did I learn – lots!

First, you cannot achieve anything amazing on your own.  The entrepreneurs who wanted to “own” all the ideas and way their business was going to run, has much smaller ideas that those who accepted input.  I know this and now I’m committed to supporting managers and businesses to make sure they have got team support, not try to do it on their own.  I’ve also come back with some great team processes, so if your team needs a top up, give us a call.

Second, you cannot excite people to contribute 110% if it’s only about you (or shareholders).  Those who had a purpose beyond profit were much more exciting to be around and got the most help too.  And the flip side of this, the feeling “what about me?” was a good indicator for me that I was feeling an incongruity between the business and its offering.

Third, I got clear that my passion really is to support social enterprises to flourish, so look out everyone, I will be beating the drum of “purpose beyond profit” to you in the near future.   Check out Buy 1 Give 1 if you want to find out more.

Celebrate International Passion Day everyday

Janet and Chris Attwood, authors of the book “The Passion Test” have declared 30th September International Passion Day and have challenged their readers to take at least one action a day to “follow our passion and begin fulfilling our life’s purpose”.

Well, with our business name, we had to rise to the challenge (and of course we wanted to).

Day 4 action – Sharon is writing this blog.  I (Sharon) am passionate about connecting people with ideas.    I also know that confidence grows when we take actions to support our passion, so this idea of taking daily action has double the benefits.

Paul’s passion – helping people get control of their workload – has been enhanced by adding new sections to the eORGANISING (TM) workbook. If you have recently done our course and would like to read the new hints, send an email to paul at apassion.com.au and he will send you an update.

Day 5 action – I had a powerful session with Julian Noel from Aware Business – tapping into my deeper knowing about my ideal clients and what value I can provide to them.

Day 6 action – Paul and I discussed our ideal clients and Paul visited one of his. Continue reading