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He commands, I obey

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Rafael Herzberg- is an independent energy consultant, self-employed (since 2018) based in São Paulo, Brazil* Focus on C level, VPs and upper managers associated to energy related info, analysis...

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He commands, I obey

This title perfectly reflects our relationship style in most organizations in Brazil.

In the Federal Government, recently a 4-star general, the minister of health, used this expression referring to his boss, the President of the country in a video released by the media.

In meetings that I participated in companies here in Brazil, most of those present (subordinates) are often quiet. They only speak if ordered by the chief.

For a large energy company for whom I consulted for in the United States, the business environment was the opposite. Each participant was expected to bring analysis so that together they could explore and discover the best solutions.

In Brazil, obedience is intrinsically linked to a style of bargaining and negotiations in which, in exchange for subservience, there is the counterpart of a good salary and a generous compensation package. Officially or embedded in sweet heart deals.

When will we have the courage, the detachment and the initiative to turn around this situation?


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