Do What You Love and the Motivation Will
Follow, is Principle Four from my new book,
The Manager as Motivator. I adapted it
from the title of one of my favorite books,
Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow, by Marsha Sinetar and it
is something in which I believe strongly. I’ve tried to live my life
that way, sometimes more successfully than other times, and I know that when
I am at my best I am doing what I love to do.
I am convinced that anyone can become a highly motivating leader,
even under the most difficult conditions. Long term, organizational
success depends upon employees who are fully engaged and contributing
their most creative energy to meeting meaningful goals. You have the
ability to create the conditions for that kind of work environment.
I am also convinced any one of us can live the fully human, rich, lives of which we are capable. I know that long term, personal success
depends upon deciding that you will not be a victim or go through life
on autopilot, and by taking charge of your life and wringing the
most exuberance, pleasure, and significance out of it.
I wish I were perfect, but I’m not, and I don’t imagine you are either. Along the way, it’s been the people I know and love who have made the difference in good times and in bad. It’s been the folks who are passionate about their work, care deeply about the relationships they have and, most importantly, are enthusiastic about life from whom I have learned the most.
In my presentations I try to present ideas, based upon my own and
many others’ research and life experiences, that are real, actionable
strategies for living life to the fullest and for creating healthy,
productive work environments.
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What people are saying:
The nine things that anyone can start today to create passionate
work are now listed on my bulletin board as a quick and visible reminder
to both me and my colleagues on how we can create a more passionate
- Jaye B. Pierce, President, Human Resources Association of
Michael, I wanted to thank you again for the excellent facilitation
of our Regional American Public Works Association Conference last
November. Your presentation, Leading with Passion, really spoke to the
opportunities leaders of AWPA chapters, leaders in companies, and
leaders in state and local government have to create highly enjoyable
and highly productive work environments. I would recommend you to anyone
who is looking for a top level meeting facilitator, and you would make
an excellent keynote speaker for any of our industry conferences.
- Michael Malloy, New Mexico Chapter Delegate
Your presentation, Passionate Work Environment, received rave
reviews. Many participants shared how much they enjoyed you, and the
profound message you delivered in a humorous, yet passionate style.
- Ann Heilman, State of Idaho Administrative Professionals Conference.