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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.

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Aldo Delli Paoli
Aldo Delli Paoli
Aldo is a lawyer and teacher of law & Economic Sciences, "lent" to the finance world. He has worked, in fact, 35 years long for a multinational company of financial service in the auto sector, where he held various roles, until that of CEO. In the corporate field, he has acquired skills and held positions as Credit Manager, Human Resource Manager, Team leader for projects of Acquisition & Merger, branch opening, company restructuring, outplacement, legal compliance, analysis and innovation of organizational processes, business partnerships, relations with Trade Unions and Financial Control Institutions. After leaving the company, he continued as an external member of the Board of Directors e, at the same time, he has gone back practicing law and was a management consultant for various companies. He has been also a columnist for newspapers specializing in labor law, automotive services and work organization. His interests include human behavior in the organizational environment, to the neuroscience, the impact of new technologies, the fate of the planet and people facing poverty or war scenarios. He loves traveling, reading, is passionate about many sports, follows the NBA and practices tennis.

5 COMMENTS

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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