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Culture Leadership Charge – Best. Day. Ever.

When was your best day ever?

I had a wonderful opportunity a few weeks ago to see a program by Steve Spangler, the science guy. Steve is a hall of fame speaker and Emmy winner. He opened his presentation by sharing the reactions of a third grader back when Steve was first teaching.

When Steve was hired as an elementary school science teacher, he learned they had no space for him. No room. So he put all of his gear onto a wobbly AV cart and rolled his “kit” to classrooms on campus throughout the week. Steve immersed kids in science.

This particular week Steve’s lesson plan included walking barefoot on glass, exploding trash cans, and spitting model volcanoes. The third grader rushed home to tell her parents all about the science stuff. She talked for 10 straight minutes about all the cool stuff that happened. When her Dad asked her, “so overall, how was it?” She said, “Best. Day. Ever.”

Best. Day. Ever. How many of your employees would refer to today, at work, with you and your colleagues, as their ‘best day ever’? Would they say that ANY day at work is their “best day ever”?

In today’s three-minute episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I share how great bosses create workplaces that are purposeful, positive, and productive for all employees.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) videos that describe proven culture leadership and servant leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

You’ll find my Culture Leadership Charge episodes and more on my YouTube channel. If you like what you see, please subscribe!

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Rekindle Your Passion for Life & Work

Energetic Asian professional womanWhat do you LOVE to do? Doing what you’re good at and which serves others is a fabulous way to renew your passion, day to day.

We all get into ruts where the daily activities of our life and work become more “going through the motions” than “going for the gold!”

Yet when we are enthused about the people and opportunities we engage in moment to moment, we are more present, more focused, and more able to leverage our skills in service to others.

You are responsible for your own well-being. By creating avenues for inspirational activity, inside and outside the workplace, you take charge of your own passion.

Stoke Your Own Fire

If your job today doesn’t have enough elements that inspire you, create avenues for personal inspiration. It may require time management on your part and possibly even you “selling” the benefits to your boss and others, but the boost in personal passion will be worth it.

Love to write? Maybe volunteer to write a blog for your department or division. Love to engage with people? Maybe volunteer to interview customers to learn what’s working and what’s not. Love to coach? Maybe volunteer to be a mentor to a new team leader or employee. Love teamwork? Maybe volunteer for a key project team.

You might find avenues for re-sparking your passions outside the workplace, as well.

Love to cook? Experiment with new dishes. When they’re “delicious,” consider presenting your new meal to family, friends, or neighbors. Love animals? Maybe volunteer at your local animal shelfter. Love to serve? Consider volunteering at a local soup kitchen, feeding the homeless. Love to play music and/or sing? Maybe volunteer to perform at a retirement home or hospital.

For example, I’m a member of the Jones And Raine band here in Denver, CO, USA. We do 3-4 free shows annually to support causes we’re passionate about. This Saturday the band will open for Firefall at a fundraiser for Promise Ranch Therapeutic Riding. We’re thrilled to support this fine organization.

Each of these suggestions requires you to change your approach and proactively engage in new activities that leverage your skills & heart in service to others. There is some risk involved. You may not find the perfect avenues on the first try.

Don’t sit and wait – or sit and stew. The possibilities for greater personal passion, every day, are endless.

Please join in the conversation! What stokes your fire AND serves others, at work or in life? How do you make time to engage in those activities? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Chris’ new “Culture Leadership Charge” series and the rest of his video clips can be found on YouTube. Subscribe to Chris’ YouTube channel.


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itunes_subscribeListen to or subscribe to over 300 of Chris’ Culture Leadership Podcasts on iTunes.


The music heard on Chris’ podcasts is from one of his songs, “Heartfelt,” copyright © 2005-2017 Chris Edmonds Music (ASCAP). He played all instruments, recorded all tracks, and mastered the final product for your listening pleasure.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, Chris will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, Chris only recommend products or services he uses personally and believes will add value to his readers. Chris is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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