You're looking for a workplace that will embrace your professional passion.
Leaders are looking for people to be passionate about their company's mission.
Everyone is tossing "passion" and "leadership" around like ingredients at a salad bar.
Dr. Susan Corso at Huffingtonpost created an "Aha!" for me that leads to workplace application.
She did a well-deserved "duh" after reading a New York Times article that used three decades of research by Dr. Carol Dweck of Stanford to arrive at the conclusion that some people have "fixed" mindsets while others have "growth" mindsets.
Dr. Corso grabbed my attention with this:
"If you want to discover your own talent pool, there's a simple method that sits in between Dr. Dweck's binary options. Put down the fixed mind-set and the growth mind-set. Both are too needy and attached to outcomes. Instead, pick up a curious mind-set."
This describes powerfully what I see happening in the case of "best-fit" employment scenarios:
Leaders value people who display a never-ending curiosity for the many facets of the business. Similarly, successful employees of every ilk display a never-ending curiosity that emerges as "passion" in a meeting room filled with people.
Companies aren't in the business of self-help or personal growth (although that's often a by-product). They are about learning how to do things better to improve the condition of the business.
What better measure of passion than curiosity? You can see it's presence or absence in interviews, meetings, telephone conversations, or luncheon chatter. You can display it and you can discern it.
Keep it simple
Stop the intellectual tedium surrounding "learning organizations" and focus on what prompts learning: curiosity.
Job candidates: If you want to demonstrate your passion, show your curiosity through questions that have real meaning.
Leaders: If you want to hire and promote people with passion, use curiosity as a barometer to detect it.
(For a visual reminder, feel free to print the pop-out image compliments of All Things Workplace).