Dec 12

A memory of Claudio Demattè: a tireless producer of happiness


The reading of “Manual of the warrior of light" by Paulo Coelho and the comparison between author’s thoughts and Claudio’s profile can be useful to appreciate Claudio Demattè, his personality and his way of doing things. Coelho writes: "A warrior of the light always does something out of the ordinary. A warrior does not need to be reminded of the help given him by others; he is the first to remember and makes sure to share with them any rewards he receives. He is not afraid to weep over old grievances or to marvel at new discoveries. When he feels the time is right, he leaves everything behind and goes after the dream he has longed for. A warrior does not spend his days trying to act out the part that others have chosen for him. Warriors of the light always have a certain gleam in their eyes."

Claudio Demattè is a man who has left an important mark and can be remembered for many reasons. He was a very appreciated teacher and researcher, he founded the School of Management of Bocconi University, he was president of RAI, Ferrovi dello Stato and different banks, as well as partner of Valdani Vicari & Associati. However, who has had the privilege of working with him mainly remembers Claudio Demattè because he has helped us to change for the better our minds and our lives.

Claudio has spurred us to cultivate an ambidextrous brain, to be courageous and innovative. Delegation, individual and collective responsibility, positive energy, optimism, determination, will, fairness, self-sacrifice, sharing, sincerity, honesty, respect and friendship are just some of the words, whose meaning can be learned and recognized in Claudio’s behaviors, actions and thoughts.

Claudio was a deeply happy man. He was so even in the most difficult moments of his personal and professional life. He had this attitude because he was a producer of happiness. His happiness was the result of his best actions. His productive effort has generated results that we all fully enjoyed and benefitted. This was his happiness: an extraordinary moment of creative productivity. He was an happy man because he actually was a producer of happiness for all of us.