Working with/for someone with enthusiasm - changes everything. A project completely changes when the people you work with like what they do.
I work with a lot of personalities - both inside city government and external to it. They are amazingly talented folks, but those with enthusiasm make it easy and fun. They make the hard work less numbing and more about potential and creativity - for me that's a killer combination.
But here's the thing - enthusiasm doesn't just happen. It isn't something that just occurs when you wake up one day. It's a choice. I'd go so far as to say - it's a skill. One that can be cultivated and developed by making a decision - multiple times each day. Sometimes that choice is an easy one. It's easy for me to be excited about technology partnerships. Sometimes it's not so easy to be enthused about the paperwork and red tape working with those partners might mean.
But employing enthusiasm is an approach that can take your partnerships to the next level. Successful service starts with enthusiasm.