Passion is one factor amongst many . But it is passion that drives the energy required to keep going when things get rough. If as an owner founder or otherwise exhausts all other avenues to keep a business going -. What's left with out belief and passion for what is wanting to be achieved?
There have been many stories about people who have tried many different ways of doing things and have finally succeeded when others have given up months before hand . As Edison said to a journalist - every time his invention did not work he learned what does not work and therefore created another option. passion drives the energy to create and re create options and be prepared to go on a journey.
Usually by taking the journey and exploring many options one finds a totally different solution to what they had originally thought . Examples Apple Computers , Walt Disney- When he created Snow White he was almost totally broke and the banks were going to close on him. But because of his passion his determination his energy we now have the Disney empire.
Irwin . Its always interesting to get another persons perspective. I agree that sometimes the business owner has no idea of what they are doing. However I do believe that if the purpose is true and honest and is for the greater good then the business owner will and should- could- may listen to reason and maybe should stand back and allow another to take on the roles of responsibility of driving the company forward. If you worked for the guy but could not stand him then why work for him?. At the end of the day your values were not aligned with his and this is such a frustrating stressful situation to be in for all parties concerned . There are two books that I have just read and I would suggest that entrepreneurs,business people should read them not for the story line but the undercurrent of messages most beneficial in understanding factors that affect all people and entities." Failure is not an Option" by Gene Kranz and "Leading People Safely" by James Schultz and Brian Fielkow. Brian's book deals specifically with this point and how to engage with people for the overall success of the business.
Finally without Passion, without a sense of purpose to drive the energy within what happens to any business when times get tough and they will. The CEO and his people at all levels need to function as a team and believe in the reasons for being there.