You may know by now that I am a “car” guy. In fact, my licence plate says “CarJoy”. I’m now outing myself if I happen to drive really fast by you on the highway. I don’t drive recklessly but I am not driving at the speed limit either.
In the work that my team and I do, we are fortunate to work with a wide variety of clients doing leadership coaching in a mix of industries including public sector, healthcare, finance, Pharma and, yes, auto manufacturers. One of the common themes with leading people is that while each sector has their own nuances and expertise, ultimately all organizations, at their hearts, are in the business of people.
This past week, I was out for a visit at one of our clients’ auto manufacturing facilities and & was given a tour of the plant by the General Manager. He has been with this organization for over 10 years and progressed in roles until he now oversees the largest and busiest plant in their portfolio. As he took me around that plant, his genuine passion for the technology, efficiency, and the deep pride he had in the fact they hadn’t lost a day to workplace injury in over 10 years, became very clear to me. He was genuinely excited about the work he was doing. This gentleman emigrated from Eastern Europe, renewed all of his education in Canada and worked hard at building his career.
There is a really great study on leadership by Spencer Stuart on leaders who excel & why. They studied over 2000 executives in a variety of areas to see if there were any patterns. They discovered 5 patterns. One of the key patterns was the right mix of talent & passion. If the leader was both talent & passionate, he was 6 times more successful than his peers. (You can listen to my interview with the author here.)
This plant manager was a living example of this pattern.
His genuine talent in quality, understanding of manufacturing, engineering, and leadership combined with his deep interest in the products he was producing were the not-so-secret to his “success”.
What about you? Looking to find the right mix? We can help. Watch our previous client, Debbie Trenholm, Accredited Somelier and Founder of Savvy Company, talk about how we guided her through the transition into a brand new fulfilling career.
Along the road with you!
P.P.S. If you are looking for insight into navigating your career, you won’t want to miss my next CareerClass: Career Confusion? Ask Alan & Take Control! on Wednesday June 8 at 12 pm ET. To RSVP click here >