The Need for Cooperation

I would not go to consult a doctor if you do not trust him. Do not delegate a task to someone though suspicious of his ability, or work in a company if he did not trust that you will receive your payment as agreed. Confidence is not measured in black and white, but in degrees. A greater confidence, the greater the possibility of action. The lower confidence, the possibilities for action are reduced. The lower the confidence, the greater the need to implement controls to verify the action. The controls can, to some extent, compensate for lack of confidence, but not replace it. The trust does not mean credulity nor is it a matter of faith, if not the opposite.

The confidence comes from the assessment of the ability, sincerity, compliance and commitment of the individual. Trust is granted or denied, is built … or destroyed. Cooperation: Imagine a football team where the players instead of playing with the team, play for their own splendor. Imagine a company where people, instead of collaborating with others, acting on an individual basis according to their own interests. Imagine a political group where, instead of finding solutions to improve the quality of life for its citizens, seek to increase their power and personal wealth. Certainly you can imagine, as all these cases are commonplace in our society.

Cooperate means acting together with other to achieve a common goal for mutual benefit. Cooperate not mean aside individual goals. It is important to realize that cooperation is “good business”: find a space where individual targets drive the group goals and vice versa. Cooperation is a win-win between the interests of the person and the different systems that function in (computer, business, family, neighborhood, etc.).. Attitudes: We live in an era where personal communication is increasingly poor (despite the technological breakthroughs), where distrust is widespread (in politicians, institutions, companies, advertising …), and where individualism and competition seem to have triumphed over cooperation and collaboration. In turn, we invest money and time (personal and corporate) in technology development and acquisition of knowledge, downplaying the most valuable of human beings: their attitudes. Are the attitudes of the people that make great leaders. Are people’s attitudes that generate a large company. Are the attitudes of people who build a great country.

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