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The Passion Plan at Work: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Passion-Driven Organization Hardcover – January 11, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0787952556 ISBN-10: 0787952559 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (January 11, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787952559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787952556
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Passion is the single most powerful competitive advantage an organization can claim in building its success," argues veteran leadership consultant Richard Chang in The Passion Plan at Work: Building a Passion-Driven Organization. Stressing that passion is a motivator and a unifier, that it provides direction and focus and attracts both employees and customers, he suggests that when a company has the skill and resources it needs to succeed, passion can put it over the top. With a foreword by FedEx CEO Fred Smith, this sequel to Chang's relationship guide (The Passion Plan) outlines the seven-part plan business leaders need to implement to realize "the capital P" in "Profits."

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Chang is the author of The Passion Plan: A Step-by-Step Guide to Discovering, Developing, and Living Your Passion (2000). He also heads his own "performance improvement consulting, training, and publishing firm," and he has written other books on benchmarking, measuring organizational and team improvement, meeting planning, and problem solving. In The Passion Plan, Chang laid down seven steps for unlocking the passion that he says is already "a part of [everyone]" to have a more meaningful life. Chang now suggests that what works for the individual can be applied to organizations, as he adapts the same seven steps for the workplace. Using passionate organizations such as MindSpring, Southwest Airlines, and Ben and Jerry's as examples to demonstrate what passion is, he describes the benefits of organizational passion. Afterwards he examines "how organizations lose sight of passion." Using the same format he used in his preliminary guide, Chang thoroughly explains each of his steps in detail and provides worksheets for organizational assessment and evaluation. David Rouse
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
In the Foreword, Frederick W. Smith (chairman and CEO of FedEx) suggests that "Successful leaders of the future will have to tap into the tremendous potential passion offers them. In fact, despite the advances in both physical networks and information networks, that drive the high-tech and high-speed New Economy, successful leaders must invest in a third and vital network -- a passionate people network that sparks the ideas and innovation for lasting success." In his previous work (The Passion Plan), Chang offers a step-by-step process by which an individual can discover, develop, and live the passion to which Smith refers. In this volume, Chang shifts his attention to what Smith characterizes as a "passionate people network", explaining how each and every person involved in an organization "has the potential to strengthen and improve performance. And when passion is involved the possibility that the changes will spread increases exponentially." Human history is filled with countless examples of passionate people who inspired others to join then in achieving seemingly impossible goals. In today's business world, according to Collins and Porras In Built to Last, they could be called Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGs). Point is, without a passionate commitment by those involved, achieving lasting and significant change is highly unlikely.Read more ›
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By Dennis DeWilde on November 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
There are no companies; only people - people who run them and people who purchase their goods and services - and people need inspiration, a sense of purpose; they need passion. Among other things, passion creates energy, fosters creativity, inspires action and attracts customers - it provides critical edge (competitive advantage). And, in this follow-on book to his "The Passion Plan: A Step-by-Step Guide to Discovering, Developing, and Living Your Passion", Richard Chang presents his 7-step model for bringing that inspiration, that passion, to an organization.

You Start with the Heart, a `Feeling' exercise:
1. Step one looks for sources of passion and involves listing situations that thrilled or enthralled the top executives, and it asks for an assessment of why passion-deficit symptoms exist.
2. Step two develops a passion profile by looking at; leaders' personal passions, leaders' shared passions, associate and customer passions, historical passions, core competencies, and future opportunities. Integration of these reveals the organization's Core Passions.
Then you move to the Thinking phase:
3. Clarifying Purpose to channel the discovered core passions is step three. Why does the organization exist? How can the core passions help achieve this purpose? What are the profits of these passion pursuits? These are the questions to be answered in this step.
4. Step four creates an Action Plan; defining the scope, intensity and pace of change necessary to release the core passions.
Next comes the Acting part:
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