25 June 2023
tl;dr Recently, while sitting in the speaker ready room at VSLive Nashville, I had a lovely conversation with Angela Dugan and Amber Vanderburg about something I've been saying for a few years now: I don't want to hire passionate people, I want to hire professional people. Turns out, Harvard Business Review agrees with me.
Passion is, by definition, illogical, and often leads people to act without thinking--we call them "crimes of passion" for a reason. Mostly, though, the distinction here is that the professional will do the parts of the job they dislike just as they will the parts they like--the professional knows it's a job, not a life choice or an identity.
Last modified 25 June 2023