"Only passions, great passions, can
elevate the soul to great things."
Diderot French author and philosopher (1713 - 1784)
It OK to Be Outwardly Passionate at Work?
I don't know how to separate the idea of being "engaged" from being
It's consistent with who I am and may be true of you, too.
But I'm thinking, "Steve, when was the last time you heard a client
plead for emotional involvement?"
If there is an Employee Engagement! battle cry emanating
from boardrooms worldwide, there's also a potential deal-breaker waiting
in the wings. It's the uneasy directive you've heard in business
meetings when people really get involved, and it goes like this:
"Now let's not be emotional. We are rational people who should
Great. Excuse me while I sat back and concentrate on becoming
dispassionately engaged while you put up another 27-bullet PowerPoint
It Is Not Ok
I Googled the phrase "emotions at work" to see what we'd come up.
Here is a snapshot of the results:
Have a look at the titles listed. They view emotions as negative,
something to be controlled, or something to "deal with."
I'll agree that no one wants an out-of-control wing-nut dominating a
meeting. But is this the global business approach to the lifeblood of
I'm throwing down the gauntlet. Is it just me, or do we need to
lighten up and genuinely accept people for who they are? That includes
their enthusiasm, excitement, anger, disappointment, and all of the
other normal and healthy emotions that are attached to a change, idea,
or new initiative.
I hope that organizations who are proud of their diversity
initiatives are equally as understanding of the deeper, common drives
found in all of us.