Is PASSION A Competency - CiteHR
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Is PASSIon a Competency,,, If YEs how will U MEasure,,, IF not Why Shall We Discuss,,
passion means A STRONG FEELING,VEHEMENT DESIRE so if we need passion we have to work for it it wont come automatically.swot is the tool available to measure.passion is a GOAL DIRECTED ACTION it needs skill. if it is skill we have to work for it. it is measurable with past performance or acquire from others experience also. passion leads to achieve the goal in time with creativity.:idea:
Passion is a strong feeling or emotion towards a object or a thing. One who has a high degree of passion towards work will have high performance in turn which shall be measured through his performance appraisal system.
But again passion might not be considered as a competency since passion is something which is linked to the motivational level of the employee. Once the employee is highly motivated, He would have a strong passion towards work. And again, IF he has a passion towards his work, the factors affecting his motivational level will be less for eg.. he might not get demotivated due to various factor.
I would like the forum to have more light on this discussion.

From work perspective a passionate person demonstrates drive for excellence in every aspect of his or her job. You can have the same linked to all other competency –example –

Job Knowledge-

A passionate person would definitely like to demonstrate expert understanding of the functional area, business operations and related issues on the job. Will try to be a benchmark for the activity or function and acts as a coach/guide and lead business, operations and/or technology improvement activates.

Result Orientation –

Passionate employee will consistently go beyond what is expected to achieve set expectations. Demonstrates outstanding initiative and commitment towards delivery and always look to raising the delivery standards by welcoming varied work assignments, looking at them as opportunities to gain new knowledge that will be applied in future business situations. Adapt to constantly changing work environments and styles.
Adnan Subhani

Passion is the quickest to develop, and the quickest to fade. Intimacy develops more slowly, and commitment more gradually still.
"Attitude is the Distance between Success and Failure"

Passion for work or profession is no harm, it actually drive a person to scale his professional life very successfully. Here he/she will normally have some specific target in mind as to what they want and how best they can enjoy it. Passion here is measurable from the attitude and enthusiasm shown by the such people.
But people carry passion in personal matters will normally end up dejected or stressed because here end result of passionate behaviour depends upon other :-P people also. So passion is a good criteria to have but how you channelise it is the tricky part.....
love to see more thoughts guys.....

As already discussed in this thread, Strong passion towards one's work will reflect in his/her productivity. Productivity is always measurable.
But if you want to measure passion with respect to other competencies contributing to one's productivity, then I feel its very difficult.

In the world of employment, some definitions of “competencies” relate to work, such as tasks, results, and outputs. Others define competencies as the characteristics of the people doing the work, such as knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, orientations, and commitments.

The first competency is passion. Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary defines “passion” as “emotion; the emotions as distinguished from reason; intense, driving, or overmastering feeling of conviction.”

A passion to succeed, and even a passion not to fail, will provide a company with a phenomenal competitive advantage. To determine your passion for leadership, score yourself from one to ten—one being a low level of passion and ten a high level of passion. One way to bring out your natural leadership abilities is by getting involved in activities you really enjoy. These will energize you, and others in your organization will be able to tell that you have a sense of purpose.


Passion is something that comes after the following stages...information (you heard of something...), knowledge (you researched it...and learned how it works), enthusiasm (you got some positive results, which egged you on...), skill (you polished your methods and your working), motivation (you want to do more, because you feel you are going somewhere with it...), emotion (you feel guilty when you are not giving enough time to it), and finally - passion (you just LOVE doing it, 'cause you know THIS is what you were MEANT to do...).
All the above stages are critically important, if not equally so...and if taken through the correct sequence, would generally give the desired results (and vice-versa). For example, passion without knowledge or skill is akin to flirtation - it wont last very long!

Passion is a competancy
In short passion is a Enthusiasum to doing a work in a organisation
and competancy is a ability to work done successfully, so is this same
every job has a set some competancy . for fulfilling that competancy passion is must.

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