Defeat Nepotism

In a recent blog I have posted with Global Transitions & Development on How to Defeat Nepotism I share important methods for controlling nepotism in organizations.

In the article, I argue that the heart of nepotism starts with basic intentions to promote survival, but fails due to the natural limitations of people to, first, understand, and second, accept their responsibility for the survival of larger groups of people.

You aren’t what we are looking for.

I also offer that these limitations reveal the solution to controlling nepotism.

I encourage you to read the blog and post your comments.

Brian Pinkowski


5 Replies to “Defeat Nepotism”

  1. Hi Brian, your good friend from Liberia. I agree with your two reasons why people practice nepotism. Many times people in the judgement seat do not understand that by hiring incompetent relatives they are undermining the foundation of their comfort and by extension, the stability of society. Because people are so concerned about the their own suvival that they find a way of empowering people who look to them for survival (let me register here that this is very typical in Africa). So in adition to the lack of understanding and the survival of others, selfishness is the underlining factor for nepotism.

    How can this be addressed? Well, in my view this has largely to do with upbringing; a mind set that must be developed before getting into position of trust. It is a process that traditional governance institutions like CSOs and political parties must get involved with, in addition to the civics curricula in grade schools. Again, just my take. MB.

  2. Laws are not Enough. MB, as you know, I think there is a big gap between having written laws and rules, and the behavior of people. Your comment touches on this issue. For example, many countries have laws prohibiting drug use. Notwithstanding the existence of these laws, many people, including many in law enforcement, continue to use drugs and cause difficulties for themselves and others. Some may argue that “the law doesn’t make sense.” This is the problem. People do not truly understand the policies behind the law or are in disagreement.

    This is where your approach seems critically important.

    Where education on the policies is weak, people may continue to be driven by their selfish interest. Where education on the nature of our relationships with others is weak, people will continue to struggle with ideas about their responsibilities to other.

    You have referred to traditional governance institutions and CSOs as helpful in this arena. Can you give some examples of what these organizations do that is successful in developing an understanding of responsibility?

    with much admiration,


    1. A comment from a colleague on LinkedIn:
      Group: International Network for Ethical Governance
      Discussion: How to Defeat Nepotism
      Hi Guys

      Coming from Australia, with a relatively small population and old establishment, both financial and political, nepotism is a real issue – about which there is rarely ever any discussion.

      Interestingly, one can see how it has stifled genuine democracy – in a two party country – and has contributed to a backlash and rise of alternative parties which are making real progress in providing for some accountability.

      I personally think some of the new, more accessible computer programs, which can show diagramatical relationships between people (such as wotnews ‘markets’ ‘connections’) provide real promise in terms of being able to easily depict nepotistic relationships. Fingers crossed they continue to develop and we will be able to use them to immediately see nepotistic relationships and networks.
      Posted by ruth kershaw

    2. Discussion: How to Defeat Nepotism
      Hi Diana – good to hear from you… I agree about rules and monitoring compliance, and that is crucial. But you also do anti-corruption Education in Latvia, no? Would civil servants (especially) there understand that Nepotism is a form of Conflcit of Interest?
      Posted by Howard WHITTON

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