Why Would Anyone Choose To Do A Job About Which They Aren’t Passionate?

July 5, 2021 by

When I published my Six-time Best-Seller, Building A Magnetic Culture back in 2011, the statistical breakdown of Employee Engagement was as follows:

The statistics have not changed much since then, with the middle category of Not Engaged/Not Disengaged remaining the largest of the three categories.  When people see the size of that middle category, they tend to be surprised.  After working as a Management Consultant in the field of Employee Engagement for over 35 years, I discovered that one of the main reasons so many workers are not engaged is that they are simply in the wrong job.   I feel sad that millions of people do a job that they are not fervently excited about.

I have not.  In fact, when the Covid-19 Pandemic extinguished many of my live keynote speaking engagements, I had to pivot.  Having grown up in Northern Wisconsin, I was raised listening to country music.  Thus, when I first heard the songs “I’d like to check you for ticks” and “Tequila makes her clothes fall off,” my immediate reaction was “I could have written that song.”

Hence, when I became an author and writer, it was a natural consideration that I would become a writer of the lyrics for country music.  I am proud to say that I have written six country music songs and am currently looking for a music agent and/or musician eager to take any one of these songs to the top of the music charts!


Kevin Sheridan is an internationally-recognized Keynote Speaker, a New York Times Best Selling Author, and one of the most sought-after voices in the world on the topic of Employee Engagement. For five years running, he has been honored on Inc. Magazine’s top 100 Leadership Speakers in the world, as well as Inc.’s top 100 experts on Employee Engagement. He was also honored to be named to The Employee Engagement Award’s Top 101 Global Influencers on Employee Engagement of 2017.

Having spent thirty years as a high-level Human Capital Management consultant, Kevin has helped some of the world’s largest corporations rebuild a culture that fosters productive engagement, earning him several distinctive awards and honors. Kevin’s premier creation, PEER®, has been consistently recognized as a long-overdue, industry-changing innovation in the field of Employee Engagement. His first book, Building a Magnetic Culture, made six of the best seller lists including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He is also the author of The Virtual Manager, which explores how to most effectively manage remote workers.

Kevin received a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in 1988, concentrating his degree in Strategy, Human Resources Management, and Organizational Behavior. He is also a serial entrepreneur, having founded and sold three different companies.

Email: kevin@kevinsheridanllc.com