… we’re also on a path back to “patrimonial capitalism,” in which the commanding heights of the economy are controlled not by talented individuals but by family dynasties.
I am not suggesting that the intent to give is easy to cultivate, I am only suggesting that it is possible and it is worth cultivating because it provides us fulfillment and security; it rids us of our resentment about loss in the past, and our anxiety concerning potential loss in the future.
We realized that some of the talent management ideas we had pioneered, such as the concept that workers should be allowed to take whatever vacation time they felt appropriate, had been seen as crazy
What this means is that the operator has to see the line of sight between the task that they do and the overall benevolent intent of the enterprise. Only once this line of sight has been established do we have a meaningful task.
When our actions become a reflection of our character, we lean more heavily toward the moral and generous choices. Over time it can become part of us.
So successful managers today are no longer supervisors, nor are they deciders, but formulators of strategic intent and their function is not one of the enterprise’s operation—most of which is rapidly being automated—but its purpose.
In my experience, most people think that the reason why enterprises exist is to render a profit to the owner of the enterprise. This is however an ineffective motivator.
The Science of Greed : Why the Ideology of self interest could be the downfall of the American Dream. Wealth may seem like mostly an unmitigated good, yet it also has significant costs.
The success of a group of people depends on the degree to which each member of the group is unconditional in the pursuit of the group’s objective.
Do you want your kids and grandkids to grow up to be human resources? Human capital? I want mine to grow up to be human beings.