Awhile back I received an e-mail from a headhunter asking if I was interested in joining their Agile leadership team. I shared it with Rich, then politely declined their offer. I didn’t think about it again until I was talking with Rich later that week.
He said to me, “I didn’t leave work that night worrying that you were going to go because I knew that’s not where your passion lies. And if it is, then it would be right for you to go.” It turned out to be a great launching point for a conversation about what it is that we do at Menlo, and why we do it.
It all starts with Passion. Passion for the work we do. Passion for sharing what we do with others.
When we started exploring all the ways we share our passion, we started scribbling on an index card.
In reflecting on the things we discussed, I have to admit that I was a little surprised. After all, we’re a custom software design and development firm — what does all this other stuff have to do with software design or development? What do we get out of public speaking, tours, books, training, this blog, Twitter, etc… ?
For me, it’s that I get to share the joy and passion I have for my work with other people. Really, it’s that simple.
I’m fortunate in that I’m asked to do a lot of public speaking. I’ve traveled around Michigan, around the country, and even around Canada and Latin America sharing what I’ve learned over the years, particularly what I’ve learned from the Agile movement and how we apply it here at Menlo. Always the reaction is the same: disbelief that work can be joyful, tons of questions about how we make it work, and finally a glint of hope in their eyes as they really start to grok what they’ve heard.
That’s why we write this blog. That’s why we wrote our book. That’s why we tweet. We want to restore belief in joy.
Joy is infectious. Pass it on.