The Passion Plan at Work: Building a Passion-Driven Organization / Edition 1

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In his best-selling book, The Passion Plan, Richard Chang showed individuals how to discover their passion and turn it into personal and professional fulfillment. Now, in The Passion Plan at Work he shows how to bring passion into the workplace—and turn good companies into great ones. Adapting his seven-step model for individuals to an organizational perspective, Chang explains how passion can provide direction and improve performance at all levels of a company. Carefully leading readers through his do-it-yourself process, Chang provides specific guidelines for creating an action plan that galvanizes an organization around passion. Along the way he provides practical tools—questionnaires, worksheets, and checklists—to help assess an organization's Passion Profile and make passion a big part of your company's ongoing success.

Chang uses firsthand real-world examples to show how the leaders of Ben & Jerry's, Gateway Computers, and Southwest Airlines have used passion to build exceptional businesses. He supplies questionnaires and scoring tools that will help readers target their actions and access the results.

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The Passion Plan at Work gets down to the essentials of what it takes to succeed in today's business world. Richard Chang's philosophies are such a wonderful inspiration both in and out of the workplace! (Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager and Gung Ho!)

As human beings, we are significantly more influenced by the feelings and emotions of our heart than we realize (or are willing to admit). Ironically, it is through embracing these powerful passions within that we can ultimately unleash our true potential as individuals and as organizations. Richard Chang's The Passion Plan at Work superbly teaches this principle. (Stephen R. Covey, author of the No. 1 best-seller, The 7-Habits of Highly Effective People)

Richard Chang does it again! He takes a critical and hard-to-define concept and makes it understandable and doable! All who wish to motivate and keep the talent on their teams should read this book. (Beverly Kaye, president, Career Systems International, coauthor, Love Em or Lose Em: Getting Good People to Stay)

The Passion Plan at Work is the fuel for quality. Richard Chang proves it can be learned. A must-read book for serious organizations in the pursuit of quality and excellence. (Horst H. Schulze, president and chief operating officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.)

Passion transforms our life's work from a job into a worthy pursuit that truly makes a difference. With advice that is both inspirational and practical, The Passion Plan at Work shows how to lead this kind of transformation through a whole organization. (Ralph W. Shrader, chairman and chief executive officer, Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc.)

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Passion is the single most powerful competitive advantage an organization can claim in building its success," argues veteran leadership consultant Richard Chang in The Passion Plan at Work: Building a Passion-Driven Organization. Stressing that passion is a motivator and a unifier, that it provides direction and focus and attracts both employees and customers, he suggests that when a company has the skill and resources it needs to succeed, passion can put it over the top. With a foreword by FedEx CEO Fred Smith, this sequel to Chang's relationship guide (The Passion Plan) outlines the seven-part plan business leaders need to implement to realize "the capital P" in "Profits." ( Feb. 1) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
In his recent book, , Chang, CEO of a consulting and training firm, showed individuals how to discover their passion and turn it into personal and professional fulfillment. In this book, he shows how to bring passion into the workplace and turn good companies into great ones. He adapts his seven-step model to an organizational perspective and shows how passion can provide direction and improve performance at all levels of a company. Included are specific guidelines, questionnaires, worksheets, and checklists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

The Passion Plan is a wise and savvy guide that will help people find the things that matter to them and then act on their new insights to enrich their lives. Dr. Chang offers reality-based tools - not fantasies or miracle cures or easy wealth - that are widely applicable to many life situations, yet tailored to the individual.(Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School, author of World Class and Rosabeth Moss Kanter on the Frontiers of Management)

Stephen R. Covey

Written with the burning fire that he espouses, Richard Chang's The Passion Plan powerfully teaches us how to ignite the embers of our dreams in order to truly find success and happiness. (Stephen R. Covey, author of the No. 1 best-seller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787952556
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/25/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.43 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD CHANG is CEO of Richard Chang Associates, Inc., a performance-improvement consulting, training, and publishing firm headquartered in Irvine, California. He is internationally recognized for his strategic planning, performance measurement, quality improvement, organization development, change management, product realization, customer service, and human resource development expertise. Chang has consulted to a wide range of organizations—including Toshiba, Marriott, Nabisco, Universal Studios, Citibank, Nortel Networks, Fidelity Investments, and McDonalds. He has served as chair of the board for the American Society for Training and Development and as a judge for the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in the U.S. Chang is the author or coauthor of more than twenty books on business and personal development, including The Passion Plan (Jossey-Bass, 1999) and Performance Scorecards (Jossey-Bass, 2000).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Bringing Passion into the Organization.

Why Passion Works in Organizations: A Timeless Source for Timely Change.

From Passion to Profit: A Model for Organizational Success.

Step 1: Start from the Heart: Passion as the Foundation of the Organization.

Step 2: Discovering Your Passion: Uncovering the Forces That Will Drive the Organization's Success.

Step 3: Clarify Your Purpose: Channeling Organizational Passion toward a Specific End.

Step 4: Define Your Action Plan: Planning for Passion-Inspired Change and Growth in the Organization.

Step 5: Perform with Passion: Translating Passion into Performance in the Office and the Marketplace.

Step 6: Spread Your Excitement: Sparking Commitment and Enthusiasm in Employees and Customers.

Step 7: Stay the Course: Keeping the Organization Centered on Passion.

Profit with a Capital "P": New Definitions for a New Millennium.

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