Simply Being Helpful?
What if, more than anything else, we valued helping each other out? What if this was the ultimate praise, not the best technologists, not an ability to hit deadlines, not production stability. What if the ultimate accolade was to consistently help others get things done? Is that crazy? It’s certainly not always natural; we innately divide into groups, building psychological boundaries. Politics erupts from trivial things. And what about the business? How would we ever deliver anything if we spent all our time helping each other out? But maybe we’d deliver quite a lot.
If helping each other out were our default position wouldn’t we be more efficient? We’d have less politics, less conflict, fewer empires and we’d spend less money managing them.
We probabably can’t change who we are. We’ll always behave a bit like we do now. Conflict will always arise and it will always result in problems, we all have tempers, we play games, we frustrate others and retort to the slights and injustices.
But what if it was simply our default position. Our core value. The thing we fall back on. It wouldn’t change the world, but it might make us a little bit more efficient.
… right back to the real world