Voices of Workplace Passion

In the years that I’ve spent interviewing ordinary Americans who deeply love their work,  I have never heard anyone sing the praises of great paychecks.  Their connection with their jobs is always about the meaning of their work and what it does to make the world a better place.  Then one day it dawned on me that there are only three purposes that motivate transactions:  To relieve pain; to restore hope; and/or to bring beauty into the world.

So now I ask everyone I interview: Does your job relieve pain, restore hope, or bring beauty into the world?  Here are some of my favorite answers. (Keep coming back to this page, it grows as I continue gathering interviews.)

Restore hope

Molly Seals

Senior Vice President of HR & Learning,
Humility of Mary Health Partners,
Youngstown, OH

Jeff Nally

Organization Developer & Coach

Humana Inc.

Louisville, KY

Maureen O’Keeffe

System VP, HR

St. Luke’s Health System

Boise, ID

Steven Hurwitz

Vice President, Human Resources, Seattle Children’s, Seattle, WA

Judy West

Vice President, Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME

Relieve pain

Maureen O’Keeffe

System VP, Human Resources

St. Luke’s Health System

Boise, ID

Judy West

Vice President, Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME

Bring beauty into the world

Jeff Nally

Organization Developer & Coach

Humana Inc.

Louisville, KY

Michael Paruta

Director, Workforce Development

Women & Infants

Providence, RI

Judy West

Vice President, Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME

I love my job!

Judy West

VP

Maine Medical Center

Portland, ME

Molly Seals

SVP, HR & Learning

Humility of Mary Health Partners

Youngstown, OH

Jeff Nally

Organization Developer & Coach

Humana Inc.

Louisville, KY

Michael Paruta

Director, Workforce Development

Women & Infants

Providence, RI

Maureen O’Keeffe

System Vice President, Human Resources, St. Luke’s Health System, Boise, ID

Steven Hurwitz

VP, HR

Seattle Children’s

Seattle, WA