Matthew Stibbe says: “Passion has no place in business“.

He says the word is inflationary language and it is also the wrong word. Stibbe offers alternatives.

When people use the word passion, it means anything from “this is something I tolerate” through to “I have to say this because my boss is watching” and “Oh bugger I better be passionate about something because everyone else is and if don’t say this I something is wrong with me”.

Passion is also a cliché.

One thought on “No place in business for passion

  1. I think passion is used to mean drive, or zeal, which are good traits for a businessman (especially in a startup or SME).

    I don’t know how I feel about it, really. I don’t hate it, but I do like to be ‘proper’ with language. My one thought was ‘I wonder if the CV bots pick up on that as a keyword and removing it removes your chances of an interview’.

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