Aristotle, philosopher of managers?  - Companies

Aristotle, philosopher of managers? – Companies

Is it better to be a skilful or an ethical manager? If Aristotle had really been interested in economic life, he would certainly have been able to say that a “good business leader is necessarily ethical!” In his latest book, Pierre d’Elbée, French consultant and philosopher, invites us to leap back 25 centuries… to make more room for meaning and for the human in the life of the company.

Pierre d’Elbée stands at the crossroads between reflection and action, philosophy and management. Doctor of philosophy and business consultant, the director of IPHAE (a structure that offers managers coaching based on a philosophical approach) has just published the book Aristotle, 10 keys to rethinking management. He hates ready-made recipes. He therefore presents this work as an “anti-toolbox”.

Pierre d’Elbée stands at the crossroads between reflection and action, philosophy and management. Doctor of philosophy and business consultant, the director of IPHAE (a structure that offers managers coaching based on a philosophical approach) has just published the book Aristotle, 10 keys to rethinking management. He hates ready-made recipes. He therefore presents this work as an “anti-toolbox”. “Aristotelian wisdom gives axes allowing to better think and live the management, he explains. The idea of ​​this book is to go to draw from the heritage of Aristotle a practical and non-speculative thought.” In other words, following the thought of Aristotle means moving on to sincere practice and moving away from good intentions or purely marketing speculation. “I very often come across the cynical idea that you have to be ethical because it pays off. In some companies, there is such a gap between the advocated discourse and reality that people are completely schizophrenic.” With Aristotle, there is no question of acting “as if” we are ethical, but we really have to be. Pierre d’Elbée’s book connects a dozen concepts from Aristotle’s thought to the world of business, and that of management in particular: the faculty of astonishment, friendship, vision, anthropology, desire, happiness, emotions, courage, justice and prudence. With the breadcrumb trail: ethics and the search for meaning. “A company is not doing things correctly, but doing something great, exclaims Pierre d’Elbée. For Aristotle, the true efficiency of a company is that which not only succeeds in producing but also manages to ensure that the people who produce fulfill themselves. They need meaning, to feel that they are doing something useful, in order to be happy in their professional activity.” But to become aware of all this, it is still necessary that employees and managers can have the time to reflect. “A thought without action is sterile. An action without thought is blind, affirms Pierre d’Elbée. There is a moment when the experience of success needs us to stop. success, and then to be able to understand what, through what we live, makes us deeply happy. Because the project of philosophy is not to think well, but to live well!” This time for reflection may sound, for our world mobilized around the race for performance, like an idea that goes against the current, even old-fashioned. “But to refuse to think about its practices is to deny that we need meaning or to affirm that it is purely and simply impossible to discover it.”Liliane Fanello

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