People just want to make an extra buck. When I used to work at a call center a million years ago, my coworkers did it all the time, and I certainly didn’t mind. If I was craving something sweet, I could simply drop by George’s work station, since he brings in food to sell in the office. If I ran out of perfume, there’s Gina selling PX goods over at another corner.
Author and leadership coach Stanley Bing once said that to succeed in business, a person must suppress his true self.
Humoring his readers in a column for Fortune, the key, he says, is replacing one’s true self with a “functional self.” That is, if you want to keep your sanity.
Why is this talk of having a “functional self” so important?
Nepotism is a word that makes people uncomfortable. No wonder. It’s a word that is associated with corruption and share the same notoriety as the word “incest.”
The term nepotism traces its origins to the 16th century, when it entered the vocabulary, thanks to Gregorio Leti’s book, Il Nepotismo di Roma. The book delved into the nepotism practiced by popes, which started during the papacy of Sixtus IV in the 1500s.