Energy and Passion

When The Rolling Stones took the stage at the 12/12/12 concert to benefit the victims of Sandy my husband commented” "These guys are ancient." That's not a word I would prefer to use to describe My Generation. I rather liked Mick Jagger’s proclamation that "This is the largest collection of old English musicians assembled in a long time."

Jagger's performance was phenomenal. On stage he appeared to have more energy than I remembered him displaying when they burst onto the scene in the 1960s. The Stones performance didn't last long. It didn't have to. Two songs were enough to give the audience what it wanted and needed.

During that concert we witnessed energy, passion and seemingly effortless performances. Eric Clapton appeared to be playing the guitar with ease, my husband noted. For someone who doesn't have the natural talent for music, it's easy to think it’s effortless. Is it, or is there more to it than literally meets the eye? HR professionals who've had to stand in front of a group to train or deliver briefings understand that it's not easy work, even if you're a natural in front of an audience. It's exhausting work. It has given me a great appreciation for the artists who perform live.

Where does the energy these "old musicians" display come from? I believe it comes from being passionate about their work. Passion about work is not a generational issue. A 30-something consultant quoted in a Washington Post Magazine article last month stated that "My job is my passion. Millennials want to be in a field where we feel passion."

For those of us who have achieved success in whatever our chosen field know that even with some natural "talent", it still takes practice and hard work to stay on top of our game and deliver results. You've got to be committed.

"Anyone can do HR. How hard can it be? "This was a somewhat flippant remark I once overheard a line manager say. I hope he realized that every manager with people management responsibilities has to "do HR". Is it effortless? No, managing people is hard. It can be exhausting work. It takes skill, practice, energy and work. Done right, it’s as rewarding as the applause that performing artists receive. The Big Book of HR is a great guide that provides sound information about managing people, but managers must have the passion and put effort into it.

We wrote The Big Book of HR because we are passionate about the people side of business. "Who Are You?" What is your passion? Do you put energy into it? Do you practice it with seeming ease and skill? Do you continue to grow and develop? Whether you are a manager or an employee, you will find some great tips about continual development in The Big Book of HR

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