In Tough Times Passion Keeps Businesses Afloat

In our book, Liberating Passion, Paul B. Brown and I contend that businesses seek passionate people. This matters in tough economic times more than ever. Why? Because passionate commitment converts potential talent into the actual performance that struggling businesses need to survive. Moreover, the opposites – apathy and disengagement – are poor ways to get a return-on-talent (or a return on the ability/energy, for that matter, of our human assets).

Yet seeking to infuse passion in people is misguided. Passion is natural. Capable people abound with passion, at least in the areas in which they are talented. In fact, we see people passionate about so many aspects of life. If work isn’t one of those, it’s because companies institutionalize “passion killers.” Through mediocre leadership practices, dysfunctional teams, poor communication and dispiriting work cultures, companies become passion castrators.

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About the Author

Omar Khan is founder and senior partner of Sensei International, a global leadership development firm. The above article is adapted from his book Liberating Passion: How the World’s Best Global Leaders Produce Winning Results (Wiley & Sons).

StrategyDriven Podcast Special Edition 26 – An Interview with Omar Khan, author of Liberating Passion

StrategyDriven Podcasts focus on the tools and techniques executives and managers can use to improve their organization’s alignment and accountability to ultimately achieve superior results. These podcasts elaborate on the best practice and warning flag articles on the StrategyDriven website.

Special Edition 26 – An Interview with Omar Khan, author of Liberating Passion examines how executives and managers can liberate their organization’s passion; tapping into the workforce’s inner energy and commitment to deliver breakthrough results. During our discussion, Omar Khan, author of Liberating Passion: How the World’s Best Global Leaders Produce Winning Results and Founder and Senior Partner of Sensei International, shares with us his insights and illustrative examples regarding:

  • the tangible benefits of releasing the inner energy and commitment of an organization’s workforce
  • organizational characteristics, conditions, and cultures that kill employee passion
  • primary passion liberators and their underlying principles
  • actions executives and managers should take to liberate their employees’ passion
  • passion liberators that help build a diverse and inclusive organization as well as one that rewards personal achievement

Additional Information

In addition to the incredible insights Omar shares in Liberating Passion and this special edition podcast are the additional resources accessible from his website at   Omar’s book, Liberating Passion, can be purchased by clicking here.

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About the Author

Omar Khan, author of Liberating Passion, is the Founder and Senior Partner of Sensei International, a global leadership development firm serving clients in the Americas, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Dubai, and South Asia. Omar has served as a trusted advisor to the leaders of companies including 3M, American Express, The Ritz-Carlton, Microsoft, Motorola, and Hewlett-Packard. His articles have been featured in the Washington Post, Consulting News, Strategy and Leadership, Personal Excellence Magazine and many others. To read Omar’s full biography, click here.