What happened to enthusiasm?

In my work as a trainer, consultant, conference speaker and author I meet a wide variety of people. Perhaps it is the state of the workplace these days, but it concerns me that I come across so many people whose enthusiasm for their work has ebbed significantly. Some people I meet are semi-burnt out if not fully so, and so it was great recently when I received a thank you email from someone who had enjoyed reading the latest issue of our newsletter (www.well-being.org.uk) and had found both the articles in it very helpful and interesting. She told me that she had conveyed her enthusiasm to her colleagues and described her display as ‘doing an imitation of a two-year old’. That image captured my imagination, as it made me realise just how many of us are struggling to feel enthusiastic about what we do. So, if you still have enthusiasm, why not show it? Why not let it be known? Yes, we have major problems in the modern workplace, but it is not all bad news, so let’s celebrate the good bits. Low morale can lead so many people not to notice the good bits and cynically focus on what’s not so good, which then makes the problems even worse.

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Dr Neil Thompson

About the Author:

Neil Thompson is a writer, trainer and consultant who has published several best-selling textbooks. He edits THE humansolutions BULLETIN, a fortnightly e-zine. For a no cost subscription go to http://www.humansolutions.org/bulletin. He also tutors the online learning community, The Avenue Professional Development Programme: http://www.apdp.org.uk.

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  1. fergus cameron  July 10, 2012

    Hello Neil, I enjoyed a day with you on the IOW some 10 ish years ago, and have found your writing as helpful and accessible as many others do, so thanks. Spontaneity, craetivity and enthusiasm are finding Local Authorities hard places to survive in. Hesitant, anxious management and most damaging drifting tasks and open ended timescales all serve to disempowe and stultify enthusiasm, perversely my experience is that this even extends to easily achievable efficiencies and savings, we work in a defensive culture I have never experienced, and I have been practicing man and boy! best wishes .

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      Neil  July 16, 2012

      Thanks Fergus. We do indeed live in difficult times. I keep emphasising on training courses that I run that we face some major challenges, but that is why we must not lose our enthusiasm, our spirit. I keep stressing that ‘I’m not saying this is easy; I’m saying it’s important’. I also keep emphasising that we need to work together – there seems to be so little sense of shared endeavour these days. But, thanks once again for your kind comments.

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  2. fergus cameron  July 10, 2012

    Hello Neil, I enjoyed a day with you on the IOW some 10 ish years ago, and have found your writing as helpful and accessible as many others do, so thanks. Spontaneity, craetivity and enthusiasm are finding Local Authorities hard places to survive in. Hesitant, anxious management and most damaging drifting tasks and open ended timescales all serve to disempowe and stultify enthusiasm, perversely my experience is that this even extends to easily achievable efficiencies and savings, we work in a defensive culture I have never experienced, and I have been practicing man and boy! best wishes .

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    • Dr Neil Thompson
      Neil  July 16, 2012

      Thanks Fergus. We do indeed live in difficult times. I keep emphasising on training courses that I run that we face some major challenges, but that is why we must not lose our enthusiasm, our spirit. I keep stressing that ‘I’m not saying this is easy; I’m saying it’s important’. I also keep emphasising that we need to work together – there seems to be so little sense of shared endeavour these days. But, thanks once again for your kind comments.

      reply
  3. fergus cameron  July 10, 2012

    Hello Neil, I enjoyed a day with you on the IOW some 10 ish years ago, and have found your writing as helpful and accessible as many others do, so thanks. Spontaneity, craetivity and enthusiasm are finding Local Authorities hard places to survive in. Hesitant, anxious management and most damaging drifting tasks and open ended timescales all serve to disempowe and stultify enthusiasm, perversely my experience is that this even extends to easily achievable efficiencies and savings, we work in a defensive culture I have never experienced, and I have been practicing man and boy! best wishes .

    reply
    • Dr Neil Thompson
      Neil  July 16, 2012

      Thanks Fergus. We do indeed live in difficult times. I keep emphasising on training courses that I run that we face some major challenges, but that is why we must not lose our enthusiasm, our spirit. I keep stressing that ‘I’m not saying this is easy; I’m saying it’s important’. I also keep emphasising that we need to work together – there seems to be so little sense of shared endeavour these days. But, thanks once again for your kind comments.

      reply

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