The Crossroads of Culture and Passion

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The following is a guest post provided by Balance Point’s Co-founder and Partner, Dave Magen.

Culture is critical. So is having passion for anything you love to do, but even more than ever, in a corporate setting. Let’s face it, the workforce is getting younger and priorities are changing…rapidly! We saw it first with the Millennials and now with the rise of Generation Z.  

Even if you’re not a Foo Fighters fan, I think you’re going to love the video below. To me, this video illustrates the crossroads of culture and passion. Culture isn’t something that exists only in a company. It can be seen in any organization, and this video shows how a group, Rockin’ 1000, can enjoy a common cause and come together for a shared purpose (view the video to find out what it is), much the way a company with strong leadership and a healthy culture does.

It illustrates how important a leadership role can play in cultivating and directing that culture, that passion, that belief in the overall direction and messaging of that organization.

I hope you enjoy the video, and please, if you don’t have the full 7 minutes to watch right now, wait until you do.

View the video: Learn to Fly – Foo Fighters Rockin’ 1000 Official Video

The Outcome

A year after 1,000 Italian musicians came together to record their cover of “Learn to Fly” and plea to the Foo Fighters, their wish was granted. The Foo Fighters were so moved by the viral video that they added Cesena to their European tour, a town that doesn’t typically get a lot of major rock shows.

They took the stage on November 4th, 2015 to the delight of fans, and even invited the leader of Rockin’ 1000, Fabio Zaffagnini, to join them on stage. Dave Grohl addressed the group, “You know the whole world saw what you did, right? Millions and millions of people saw what you did. It’s a beautiful thing. Congratulations everybody.”

A true testament to what can be accomplished when a team of people work toward a common goal.

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