Author Daniel Pink proclaims, 'Passion is overrated'
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Posted by: Barbara Francella
Management guru Daniel Pink gave a provocative
closing keynote at this year’s
NEW Executive Leaders Forum.
Daniel Pink, bestselling author and host of National Geographic Television's "Crowd Control," shared his leadership principles in a closing keynote address at the NEW Executive Leaders Forum, July 30, 2015. More than 300 NEW members attended the ninth annual event at the Terranea Resort outside Los Angeles.
Pink urged leaders to "think in questions, not answers” when preparing for
challenges. "Interrogative self-talk can be more effective," Pink said.
"You're about to do a big pitch at
a meeting. You say, 'You can do this,' or be neutral. Here's the third option:
Ask yourself, 'Can I do this?'”
Self-questioning forces you to answer, helping you come up with strategies and
tactics to optimize success, Pink said.
"Think of Bob the
Builder," Pink said. The beloved children's character is "a paragon
of interrogative self-talk,” Pink observed. "Bob says, 'Can we fix it? Yes we can!'
– and then he talks about how they'll fix it."
Pink said "Passion is
overrated.” Writing articles at night while a law student, speechwriter and
attorney, Pink came realized his passion only after his wife pointed it out to
him. " "If you had said to me,
'what's your passion?.' I would have said 'huh?," said Pink, adding that
what you do is often what serves other people. "Asking yourself 'what's
your passion?' is all about you," he continued. "'What's your
'question' is all about what action you're going to unleash."
Another Pink principle
is "making it personal, ” which he said is an essential component of disruptive
vulnerability in making it personal," Pink said. He described visiting a
pizza parlor and seeing a sign urging any customers with a negative experience
to call the owner directly on his cellphone. Curious, Pink dialed the number
and spoke to the proprietor. "If I'm going to run this place," the
restaurant owner told Pink. "I have to make it personal. "
"Business can be so
abstract," Pink reminded Forum attendees. "The only way to make it
personal is to be vulnerable."