Monday, November 9th, 2015


Living in the United States, I can’t help but be aware of the presidential candidates. I’m not thrilled with any of them. But, I have noticed that I have a positive reaction to one characteristic regardless of politics. I like to see someone enjoy what they are doing. I like to see real smiles and pleasure in the process of those who are enjoying their campaign. 

I hope, that as a top executive or CEO, that you love your job and that you let people know it. It is contagious and models exactly what you want–people who enjoy their work. It creates confidence even during very tough times. “If we have to struggle, then let’s enjoy a good fight”.  

Joy does not mean foolishly happy.  I ‘enjoyed’ many tough moments that gave me pride and joy such as running a high integrity, highly supportive elimination of jobs (and the people in them–you never eliminate just jobs) or a fair and square fight about strategic direction.  I loved my job as EVP of Organizational Development and it showed.  

Joy in a job is a magnet for all kinds of good things–energy, talent, resilience in down times, optimism and more enjoyment for others in their roles.  If your joy in your job as a top executive is low, do something about it.  Joylessness in the workplace is lethal


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