On April 15, an Italian CEO of the Enel electricity corporation Francesco Starace, confidant of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, gave a speech on business techniques at LUISS University.
“To change an organization, a sufficient group of people convinced of this change is needed, not necessarily a majority, just a handful of changers,” he said. “Then, it is necessary to identify the control nodes of the organization to be changed to physically destroy those centers of power.
“To do this,” continued Starace, “the changer needs to infiltrate the organization, giving them a disproportionate visibility compared to their corporate status, thus creating unease within the organizational nodes to be destroyed. Once this malaise becomes sufficiently obvious, attack the leaders opposing the change, and it must be done in the most blatant and manifest way possible, in order to inspire fear or provide positive examples to the rest of the organization. This must be done quickly, decisively and without any respite, and after a few months, the organization will understand, because people do not like to suffer.”
Although it’s an old event, that statement is news — not because he stated it but because while the Italian mainstream ignored the remark, in Chile, Starace’s message made a scandal. On May 20, the Chilean newspaper El Mostrador Mercados published a story with a strong critical tone under the title, “Starace’s fascist recipe to do business.”