The magic corporate passion-o-meter

You gotta love Kathy Sierra’s post: Don’t ask employees to be passionate about the company!

Yeah…. yeah, that’s right! Don’t ask us to be passionate about the company (though if you’ve got a pretty terrific* product that works and is ‘charming’ in it’s simplicity and usability, you can count on me to be your maven and spread the word about it).

I do like the questions that she poses as a test of whether or not someone is passionate about what they do.  These questions tie directly with my previous post on 12 steps to being curious (again, asserting that what you find from your curiousity can lead you to being passionate about elements of your work and job).

How to measure your passion for your work

  • When was the last time you read a trade/professional journal or book related to your work? (can substitute “attended an industry conference or took a course”)
  • Name at least two of the key people in your field
  • If you had to, would you spend your own money to buy tools or other materials that would improve the quality of your work? 
  • If you did not do this for work, would you still do it (or something related to it) as a hobby?

*Kick-ass

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