Conversation Agent - Valeria Maltoni - Treating People as Commodity?

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It seems we're bombarded with more and more information (from more and more people) every day. In the absence of strong filters, this pushes analysis paralysis, which drives us to commodity.

I particularly like Jan's suggestion of parallelism between our digital and analog selves. There is tremendous potential for those who do (IRL) what they say they will do (online).

We are connected to far more people than we could ever hope to treat with the same level of attention we would expect for ourselves, but our individual visions and aspirations serve as the filters allowing us to tailor our promises to others.

True success means more than just helping others achieve success - it means helping others achieve success through helping still others achieve success. What is the power of promising to help others make and keep their promises?

I a sense I believe it is an illusion. Now you can have thousands in your circles, tens of thousands following you and millions of friends and still be all alone...

Obviously people aren't commodities, but people aren't online either so how can you tell. You see the text, you read the words, you may even look at the pictures, but can you really connect?

It is not hard to reduce everything and everyone to simply being ends to means when you can't get any closer to them than the computer screen.

Mostly it has no consequences either. When someone steps on your toes they aren't around to see or hear how you react. Odds are that they are of to better things before you even know what happened.

Behaving in this virtual world of ours as it if was real is thus more of a rarity than it should be. Those who do succeed in doing so will however be the ones who end up profiting the most I think.

Valeria, in my opinion, the short answer to your question is YES!

It is sad that there is this mentality that you can box people and quantify their ability based on certain metrics. We are much more complicated than Google's best algorithm as individuals.

I see it so often when helping people with recruitment as I always have to explain to them that people are not an off the shelf product that I can just drop on one of their workstations. You have to find the balance between a function you want performed versus the type of person that will best be suited to deliver on that function. Too often, hiring managers get lost in wanting to be able to tick boxes in every aspect required on the job spec. Similarly people looking for this "ideal job" work from the same limiting beliefs.

I certainly don't believe you will be effective and have lasting relationships if you do not recognise the need to see the individual strengths people bring to the party.

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