Bad Word of the Day: Human Capital

Bad Word of the Day: Human Capital

Capital is fungible and convertible. People are neither.

Words are not harmless. Quite the opposite. We make them up and then they shape us.

If you think of yourself as someone in the “capital” business, then you’ll soon behave and act like the warehouse folks or the people who handle finance.


If you still want to talk about capital, then focus on Social Capital. That refers to what happens between people, their relationships. Symptoms of low Social Capital are silos, information hoarding, ruthless competition. High Social Capital is great for people and good for business.

Give yourself a chance to grow. Change your vocabulary.


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