Contributor: Kari Heistad, Culture Coach International
The energy of a “match on the pitch” comes from a group of people sharing in their common passion. Being in the midst of your passion is an energizing experience. It is obvious when people are in their passion: their eyes light up, excitement fills their voice, and they are “in the zone.”
Inquiring about a co-worker’s passion is a great way to gain insight into a person that you work with. Demonstrating a desire to understand a co-worker’s passion enables you to build connections and begin to create common ground.
If you are able to find common passions, then you will have a natural connection and link on which you can build better trust and teamwork.
Action Step: Ask three members of your team what they are passionate about.
- What can we learn about a person from what they are passionate about?
- What are the passions we have on this team from each person?
- What are the shared passions amongst the team? How can we use those to build better team cohesion and trust?
- If we were to create a common team passion for our work, how would we describe that passion?
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