Ira Sager reports on new research from Deloitte Consulting’s Center for the Edge indicating that “truly passionate U.S. employees” make up “a scant 11% of the workforce.”
Deloitte defines a passionate worker as one who hopes to have a lasting and increasing impact on a particular industry or function; actively seeks out challenges to rapidly improve performance; and looks for deep interactions with others and builds strong, trust-based relationships to gain new insight.
Heavy-handed, top-down organizations — those that “rest on command authority,” — don’t create the right dynamics for passion. Neither do paternalistic ones.
Peter Drucker wrote in Concept of the Corporation, “the solution of the problem... can only lie in giving [a worker] the responsibility and dignity of an adult.”