July 28th, 2014
Life Enrichment: Passion
During the weekend a friend asked me where I had been recently, when I mentioned that in July I had been in San Diego, Washington DC, Ft. Lauderdale and that I was leaving this week for Las Vegas he just shook his head and said: “I don’t know now how you do it!.”
On Saturday after working outside for almost 4 hours and then grocery shopping I started thinking about his comment-I seem to have a lot to juggle, as do many people but what keeps me on a fairly busy travel schedule is more than simply working-it’s a passion. It has been 16 ½ years since I started Acumen Management Group and the basis behind the company still drives me.
For the first time, I will share a portion of my Business Plan, its only one section and my purpose is not to reveal what I believe in, but hopefully to give you an idea to either share your values with others or more importantly, if you don’t have them, develop them for your company and/or yourself.
What Value We Bring
We work to leverage and add additional insight to our client base, allowing existing management and sales management programs to operate more productively. We may introduce new leadership and new programs to achieve the goals of the organization. Our experience, national exposure, existing programs and on-going relationships will accomplish more for our clients ensuring their success.
• At every meeting our goal will be to build a better relationship.
• All commitments will be documented and completed on time.
• Client confidentiality will be maintained on all aspects.
• Our client’s time is money and will be valued accordingly.
• We will at all times seek to add value-when this stops our work is finished.
• We will seek to have fun and fulfillment in our role and company.
These concepts are important to me and provide me focus, purpose and describe my passion, notice there are both personal and professional aspects within these statements. I believe that is important for a successful leader.
Passion is a topic that drives life; without it the day to day events become simply a passage. I know a woman that is almost 80 yrs. old that continues to hike in the Smoky Mountains and swims almost every day, her passion is fitness. On Friday I saw a video on Facebook of a 95 year old woman that actively dances and can still shovel snow! These women have found personal passion to keep life active. Personal passion aligned with professional passion is critical success factor for success.
I get a kick out of coaching individual people; giving them idea’s and tools to make their company more successful. The ability to impact an audience and light a spark that ignites change in individual’s lives continues to excite me-it’s a passion that allows me to put up the with stress of airline schedules and hotel nights. But it is also fun.
I have said it many times, if you are not having fun, change your life. In my keynote I normally make the following statement: You can’t change the way you have lived your life, but you can change the way you live your life!
What is your passion? What is driving your life?
Have fun and enjoy your summer.
Ken Thoreson “operationalizes” sales management systems and processes that pull revenue out of the doldrums into the fresh zone. During the past 16 years, our consulting, advisory, and platform services have illuminated, motivated, and rejuvenated the sales efforts for organizations throughout the world.
He was recently ranked for the third year in a row by Top Sales World magazine as one of the Top 50 Sales & Marketing Influencers for 2014.
Ken has written 5 books, his latest book is: SLAMMED! for First Time Sales Managers, Ken provides Keynotes, consulting services and products designed to improve business performance.