What About Altruism?

Sifting through the management literature of recent years is increasingly common to find books dedicated to social skills as key factors to succeed in own profession, resizing the conception of success as a result of factors and individual attitudes applied so individualistically.

     Altruism certainly arises from a purely individual approach, but in which the person, through an exercise of self-reflection, identifies the duty and choose how fulfill it.

Today, success is closely linked to the capacity and quality of interaction with others. The ability to create bonds of strategic cooperation becomes increasingly important. In a hyper-connected market, cooperation is gaining ground on the competition.

Achieving success does not require competition. The common thought is that everyone in a business context is in competition with others. The competition can serve as a motivator, and sometimes it can even be fun. But generally creates conflict, disharmony, hostility, and mistrust, in a word can be destructive, and thus an obstacle to the success of the individual and the group.

In summary, we could say that organizations and people should achieve their goals through the implementation of nature industrious, affective and collaborative of human beings and the overcoming of an old and obsolete culture characterized by formal relationships, directive, competitive, indifferent, if not hostile towards own fellow workers and unconcerned about the result.

Aldo Delli Paoli
Aldo Delli Paoli
After classical studies and the Bachelor Degree in Law, I have had experience of teaching law and economics in high school, completed the legal and notarial practice, admitted to the lawyer bar since 1975, I worked as a civil lawyer for about 4 years. In 1970 I joined General Motors Acceptance Corporation, Italy, the financing company of General Motors, where I made different kinds of experience serving in leadership roles and as a CEO as well as a board member (credit collection, district manager, retail contract acquisition, wholesale and retail credit risk manager, recruitment and training of Human Resources, analysis and management of corporate law issues, new branch development, introduction of flexibility tools and outsourcing, partnership projects - SAAB, Subaru - Quality Council, Units relations, branch closures, analysis and restructuring of organizational processes, compliance, change management. In December 2004 I retired maintaining the role of an external member of the Board and head of the Vigilance Committee up to April 2008. I collaborated with the magazine "Autoperator" on financial services matters, to Corriere della Sera & Sole 24Ore on any labor matters.
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John Dunia

Excellent reminder, Aldo. Competition can be fun. However, the idea of “winning” for some means unfair or opportunistic behavior towards others. It takes a cooperative mindset and one where we can be thrilled about the success of others as well.

Joel Elveson

Aldo, due to the lofty list of your accomplishments as well as your very impressive professional history you are a top voice that bears paying close attention to.

Kathleen Hendrickson

I love this post. “success is closely linked to the capacity and quality of interaction with others” gets to the heart of our social nature and needs. A brilliant person who is inclusive of others in their success has exponential impact.

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