Align Your Passion!
Have you ever stepped back away from your day to day work life to think about what you are most passionate about in your profession? Are you doing enough of that in your current job? If you could do more of it, would you then become more engaged in what you are doing?
As we all progress in our career we learn that there are going to be certain aspects about our job that we absolutely love and then there are other aspects that feel more like “work”.
With that basic premise we set a goal in 2015 of identifying individual passions and aligning groups of like-minded people into “action groups”. We are beginning with five different groups aligned with our five work categories: Recreate, Educate, Live + Work, Connect and Sustain. The idea is simple, support employee’s’ efforts in advancing their own personal knowledge and expertise and the by-product of their efforts will lead to firm growth, innovation, and leadership.
We are hoping that each group will meet at least once a month. The groups will provide the opportunities to share lessons learned, discuss what is on the drawing boards or under construction, share projects the have visited, and discuss outside opportunities that are directly related to those employees passions. Group members will be encouraged to attend conferences, seek out educational opportunities/classes, read literature, and visit projects. In addition, these groups will be a core component within formulating marketing strategies and developing content.
To be honest, we are still early in the process and have only had one action group meeting to date. However, we are encouraged by the enthusiasm of this first group and the potential this program represents for personal, professional and firm growth! Because let’s face it…a truly great design is driven by passion, plus who wouldn’t want their day to feel a little less like “work”!
Brian Fletcher, President – Connect/Live + Work Action Group Mentor
February 26, 2015 at 6:42 pm