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Crusader …

It’s amazing that the longer I have been in the sales profession, the more, new revelations I discover – about myself!  And just when you’d think I would have everything figured out.  Four decades of experience and I’m still a newbie LoL!

Just this month I came across this quote in LinkedIn:

Don’t ever take a job — join a crusade! Find a cause that you can believe in and give yourself to it completely.

Colleen Barrett, president emerita of Southwest Airlines

Crusader – that hits home!  Now I really feel bad for all the managers in my career I have reported to.  They probably thought they just had another employee on their team.  I bet you managers who are reading this little ditty today have crusaders on your team and you don’t even know it.  It might be easier to manage them if you recognize what you’re dealing with.

Wikipedia offers us this about the Crusades:

The Crusades were a series of religious wars sanctioned by the Latin Church in the medieval period… Modern historians hold widely varying opinions of the Crusaders. To some, their conduct was incongruous with the stated aims and implied moral authority of the papacy… However, the Crusades had a profound impact on Western civilization… they constituted a wellspring for accounts of heroism, chivalry, and piety that galvanized medieval romance, philosophy, and literature.

“… heroism, chivalry, and piety … romance, philosophy, and literature.”  WOW – Way to go crusaders!

On the other hand, “incongruous conduct” explains a lot.  Conduct at a company as an employee is one thing.  Conduct at that company as a crusader can be something altogether different; something powerful.

Being a crusader is risky.  It can be abused for selfish interests.  It can be manipulative.  It can leave breakage behind.

On the other hand, it can be hard to maintain high energy over the long haul; crusaders must believe in what they’re doing and the company they’re doing it for; their managers and leaders must be worthy of the passion crusaders have for their job.

As for people that reported to me over the years – it seemed for the most part they welcomed my crusade-oriented style.  I’m not saying I expected them to become crusaders.  I’m saying they had a crusader leading their team.  And my poor wife – she is still dealing with it!

Never the less, I believe it’s how you do what you do that matters.  I believe Tom Connellan agrees:

One with passion is better than forty who are merely interested.

When we have passion for what we do, we stand out.  Standing out can be good; it can also be not so good depending on the culture within our company and relationships among our colleagues.  One with passion can sometimes be misunderstood; appear egotistical; self-promoting; disingenuous, true?

Risks aside, if we are going to work for a living I believe we should “play to win”.  I believe Jim Collins found other business leaders who believe this too:

“Look”, she said, “this program will be built on the idea that running is fun, racing is fun, improving is fun, and winning is fun.  If you’re not passionate about what we do here, then go find something else to do.”

It’s all a matter of choice.  We can take a job; be an employee; and go through the motions of doing our jobs.  Or, we can leverage our passion; run, race, improve, and win; and be a crusader at work.  Leaving incongruous conduct behind, of course.

GAP

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