Are you passionate about anything…and can anyone tell?

I have a love/hate relationship with technology.  I love its capabilities and the efficiencies it gives me. But I hate it when the time comes to buy something new.  Choosing a new device isn’t really the bad part to me; it’s all the work involved to “get comfortable” again on that new tool.

I’m experiencing that now because my laptop began to show quick signs of death. It’s 5 years old and in laptop world I’m probably lucky it will still turn on.

So I’ve been on the hunt for new laptop recently and after researching several weeks, I stumbled into a local Best Buy.  And that’s where I met Andrew.

You need to meet Andrew.   Why? Because he reminded me about the importance of passion.  And for leaders, it’s a reminder we all need from time to time.

I’ll admit it.  I’m a “PC” girl.  While I love the power, creativity and capabilities the world of Apple provides, I’m not there just yet in my business world (Mac users, please keep reading…you will enjoy the article I promise).

Anyway, as I studied various laptops in Best Buy, an intelligent young man approached me to see if I needed any help.  I told him what I was looking for and he proceeded to educate me about various laptop models, their capabilities, etc.  Now understand, he knew his “stuff”, was very pleasant and attentive; and had essentially sold me on the model I was going to buy.

Then as we wrapped up our conversation I asked him a question about an I-Pad…and then I met a different Andrew.  His face lit up, the pace of his words sped up and enthusiasm poured of this twenty-something.

Needless to say, for the next few minutes I got an education and demonstration of what Apple products can do, what products are coming soon and how seamless everything works together.

I joked with him at one point in the conversation and told him I was a little disappointed in the different energy levels he had as if my purchase wasn’t exciting enough.  We both laughed but it got me thinking.

Without a doubt, I know what Andrew enjoys and now, after spending a few minutes with him why he enjoys it. 

What about me? After spending time with me, what would the take-away be for others?  As a leader, what do I really care about?  Investing in others? Making the deadline? Getting that promotion? Being as competent as possible?

There is no wrong answer I suppose. And in the workplace, each of these things is important.  But as a leader of people, I hope it is clearly evident to those around me, that the quality and development of those I lead is more than just my job; it is a priority I enjoy.

What about you?  Is there any “Andrew” in you?  Is your team that “thing” you get excited about?  Guess what…your team sure hopes so.

Thanks Andrew for that little reminder. It was well-received.

One thought on “Are you passionate about anything…and can anyone tell?

  1. What a sweet anecdote of something with larger importance! Great example of how passion comes across, even in places you don’t expect it (like when you’re working for and representing a competitor!).
    -N.C.

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