Denis COCQUET listens to and is concentrated on the other one and it is doubtless what allows him to elaborate simple and effective existential models.
Didn’t Sénèque say: “the language of truth is simple”?
Yes, but if truth is simple, we do not remain less complicated and it is along those lines that Denis intends to throw light on us about man/woman and concerning all the components which allow him/her to fulfil himself/herself through the different stages of life.
To ensure the fulfillness of the human being, he must be able to do completely the following:
· Be and assert himself about his own identity
· Live fully his dealings with others
· Do and attain self-realisation through activities which make sense
In his man's life, each of these actions is essential to the manager and their intensities change with age. In the business world, this triad allows him to free himself from certain constraints and to make the right choices. And, the more the economic environment is hostile or uncertain, the more the manager will have to focus on these three constitutions in order to reinforce them and ensure his strength and freedom of action in the battles he has to lead.
Stages of life
For baby boomers and the generation X, it was found that the professional cycle followed a linear course:
· 20–30 years old: become integrated professionally
· 30-40 years old: progress and win one’s spurs to others and to oneself
· 40-50 years old: assess one’s achievement and ensure the foundations of one’s own identity
· > 50 years old: to pass on
For the Generation Y, two requests emerge in a significant way:
· Unify the 3 levels (be, live, do) and attain self-realisation from the first stage of life
· Have a direct link with an Authority which carries the Sense
The situation has changed and this evolution definitely suggests a change in management styles – transition from one hierarchical solution to matrix solution – by a participatory approach which suggests an “empowerment” of employees.
Life’s turning points
Having laid these foundations, how to apprehend the life’s turning points?
Denis concludes by the following “metaphor of the oyster”, “when we hurt it by introducing a foreign body, it secretes nacre and makes a fine pearl of it”. In that case, should we fear the life’s turning points, its obstacles or pitfalls? And for the most fearless, “adapt to changing circumstances before life forces them on us!”