#reviewandreflect: Reaching New Heights  by Infusing Passion into Your Culture

#reviewandreflect: Reaching New Heights by Infusing Passion into Your Culture


Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is TheSchoolHouse302’s monthly #review&reflect, wrapping up our focus on The Passion-Culture Formula.

Our review and reflect series offers readers the opportunity to take a deep dive into our leadership content by taking time to reflect and identify the skills you need, to explore how you can learn those skills, and to connect with industry leaders to follow to gain greater expertise.

Skills I need…

Passion is the fuel that drives every great leader to be their best and to influence the success of those around them.

Review: Passionate leaders inspire, develop, and achieve the organization’s goals. First and foremost, though, they are committed to the process of achieving the organization’s goals, not just the outcome or the bottom line. Their efforts and enthusiasm are contagious because their work transcends the routine policies and practices that are designed to drive a task; instead of working for assignment completion, they focus on values, the people, and the impact they are trying to achieve. Their work moves beyond the mundane toward significance and the daily interactions they have with others that create meaningful relationships over time (Dalio, 2017). Moreover, they are committed to the long-term, sustainable growth of the company by avoiding slash-and-burn management techniques that provide short-term results but potentially have long-term damaging consequences.

Passionate leadership is defined by a leader’s keen ability to combine three key elements: a growth mindset, a strong work ethic, and a positive attitude. The P3 Model provides a method for leaders to practice each aspect of the model consistently.

The Power of Passion

Reflect: The beauty of this model is the critical combination of a growth mindset, a strong work ethic, and a positive attitude. When combined, the impact is exponential. Regarding a growth mindset, passionate leaders believe two things: 1. They believe that they can and will grow as a result of professional learning experiences, and 2. They believe that growing is essential to leading better for the sake of others. Regarding a strong work ethic, passionate leaders never ask for a lighter load, instead they pray for a stronger back, which is the work ethic they invoke to overcome a challenge. Regarding a positive attitude, passionate leaders know that positivity is contagious within the culture of any organization. When the leader is positive, it’s much more likely that everyone else will be too.

Take 3 Minutes to reflect on your P3 impact.

  • Do you have a growth mindset? Not only a desire to learn, but a commitment to learning so that you can improve and overcome even the most difficult of circumstances.
  • Do you have a strong work ethic? Not only a willingness to put in the time, but a commitment to obsess on those few things that have the greatest impact.
  • Do you have a positive attitude? Not only a friendly smile and warm greeting, but a commitment to lifting others and approaching situations grounded in purpose and value.

How do I learn those skills…

What should I read to strengthen my ability to leverage the passion-culture formula?

Review: In our #readthisseries we featured the work of authors who clearly articulate the power of passion in their work.

Scaling up: How a few companies make it…and why the rest don’t  by Verne Harnish and the Team of Gazelles

When fish fly: Lessons for creating a vital and energized workplace by John Yokoyama

Fusion: How integrating brand and culture powers the world’s greatest companies by Denise Lee Yohn

You can’t miss our #readthisseries on 3 books you need to read for a stronger mental map.

Self Assessment:

Leadership is difficult. The path is always obstructed by issues, mistakes, fear, doubt, and, at times, a lot of critics. Great leaders realize, though, that the goal is much bigger than themselves. For this reason, they know the power of our P3 impact model. Based on the 3-part assessment, and using a 5-point scale, 1 being ineffective and 5 being highly effective, rate yourself:


Based on the statements above, which aspect of the P3 impact model do you need to develop further?

Who should I follow…

What does an expert have to say about infusing passion into your culture for a powerful and identifiable brand?

Review: For our #onethingseries, we interviewed Denise Lee Yohn.

Action: Denise explains that “you must cultivate a distinct culture that is fully aligned with your brand identity–that is so well integrated with it that it is hard to distinguish what you do internally from who you say you are externally.” She also shared how she prepares herself daily to be most effective. Denise has a genuine approach to purpose and core values. She tells us that each morning she takes time to reflect, meditate, and pray to center herself so that her day’s work is aligned to what she truly wants to accomplish.

Listen to the entire podcast on iTunes, One Thing Series, and please rate and like (it helps).

That’s our #review&reflect for The Passion Culture Formula. Take a look back to take a step forward.

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Joe & T.J.


#onethingseries: Fusing Your Brand & Culture w/ Denise Lee Yohn, @deniseleeyohn

#onethingseries: Fusing Your Brand & Culture w/ Denise Lee Yohn, @deniseleeyohn


Don’t miss this leadership interview with Denise Lee Yohn, @deniseleeyohn. Denise Lee Yohn is the go-to expert on brand leadership for national media outlets, an in-demand speaker and consultant, and an influential writer. Denise is the author of the bestselling book What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest, the e-book Extraordinary Experiences: What Great Retail and Restaurant Brands Do, and the new book FUSION: How Integrating Brand and Culture Powers the World’s Greatest Companies.

News media including CNBC, FOX Business TV, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR call on Denise when they want an expert point-of-view on hot business issues. With her expertise and inspiring approach, Denise has become a seriously sought after keynote speaker. She has addressed business leaders around the world at corporate events such as Facebook, NFL, and Lexus, and conferences including the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), The Art of Marketing, and Sustainable Brands.

Denise enjoys challenging her readers to think differently about brand-building in her regular contributions to Harvard Business Review and Forbes, and has been a writer for publications including Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Knowledge@Wharton, Seeking Alpha, QSR Magazine, and more.

Denise initially cultivated her brand-building approaches through several high-level positions in advertising and client-side marketing. She served as lead strategist at advertising agencies for Burger King and Land Rover and as the marketing leader and analyst for Jack in the Box restaurants and Spiegel catalogs. Denise went on to head Sony Electronic Inc.’s first ever brand office, where she was the vice president/general manager of brand and strategy and garnered major corporate awards. Her clients have included Target, Oakley, Dunkin’ Donuts, and other leading companies.

Outside of her professional roles, Denise counts hiking Mount Kilimanjaro, dancing with a professional ballet company, and flying a helicopter as some of her greatest life experiences.

Her interview with TheSchoolHouse302 cemented key qualities great brands possess that create a highly functioning corporate culture, check it out.

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  • Denise opens up the interview quickly on how a company’s brand must be the same on the inside as what it says it is to the outside. In other words, the corporate culture must reflect the values and purpose that it espouses to achieve for not only it’s customers but also its employees. Her frankness on how organizations misinterpret culture and how they need to take time to truly identify who they are is exactly what you need to hear.
  • You have to listen to how she opens herself up to a multitude of people and resources by taking advantage of all opportunities to learn and grow. She reminds us that thought leaders aren’t myopic and remain open to learning from all situations and opportunities.
  • Genuine in her own approach to purpose and core values, Denise tells us that each morning she takes time to reflect, meditate, and pray to center herself so that her day’s work is aligned to what she truly wants to accomplish.
  • You can’t miss the one thing she wants to learn how to do and why. Her eloquent description of her experiences make this goal a no brainer.
  • Leadership is challenging and Denise takes time to discuss health and all the added benefits it has. She is a self-proclaimed fitness enthusiast with a disciplined regimen you will not want to miss.
  • We are always grateful when our guests open up regarding the personal beliefs that they once held, and Denise powerfully expresses how she used to think that people needed to think she was smart to like her and how she had to prove to everyone who she was. Incredibly introspective, she expressed how she is now committed to serving others and understanding them, less worried about herself. Leaders need to listen up.

Denise’s interview is filled with practical advice for leaders, and really connects with our purpose of developing leaders by getting to simple. Be sure to get your copy of Fusion: How Integrating Brand and Culture Powers the World’s Greatest Companies and let us know what you think.

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Joe & T.J.