Business Today 14th January 2018 - Page 148

NT were so proud of. Passionate teams are driven, they want to make a difference, they find solutions to the toughest prob- lems and energise the organisation. No amount of dollars can buy you passion! It has to be created, en- abled and nurtured. To do that, as a leader, you have to go beyond just creating a vision and strategy for the business (which is necessary, but not sufficient to ensure success). Try answering these questions: Why should talent work for me or for my organisation? What is in it for them? Is it the pride, is it a larger purpose that my organisation delivers, is it the kind of people they like to work with, is it the skills that the organisation imparts to develop them or something else? The answer to these could be different in differ- ent organisations; however, in all cases, teams need a strong hook beyond compensation to create magic. A strong sense of vision and purpose does wonders to create passionate teams. As a leader you will need to create, enable and nurture a culture in your organisation which ignites passion. As an example, Sara Blakely, Founder of Spanx, engendered passion in her organisation by enabling the team to try new things. She simply re- defined failure as “not trying” versus “missing a goal”. The passion she unlocked in her organisation around 148 I BUSINESS TODAY I January 14 I 2018