Is It Possible for Companies to Be Caring and Profitable?
Nancy Giordano in Conversation with Andrew Keen on Keen On
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In this episode, Andrew is joined by Nancy Giordano, the author of Leadering, to discuss a new and more appropriate template for leadership in today’s technologically driven society.
From the episode:
Andrew Keen: Another of the headlines today in Jacobin magazine, which is an anti-capitalist publication, is about how using as a model Bernie Saunders’s early socialism should be the model. Do you really believe that capitalism and larger organizations can be reformed? After all, their focus, their bottom line, is profit?
Nancy Giordano: Well, legally, they are bound by this point to look at it this way, so I think that part of the question is—there’s always this conversation that if we’re a caring organization, that we can’t also be a profitable organization, that we’re not serving our shareholders well. And I would argue the more caring that we are, actually the more profitable we will be in the future, because that trust will become a really important part of this. I think thinking again and building with empathy will be an important part of this.
Nancy Giordano is a strategic futurist, global keynote speaker, corporate strategist, and gatherer with a drive to help enterprise organizations and visionary leaders transform to meet escalating expectations. With more than eighty keynote talks and recognized as one of the world’s top female futurists, she has worked with many leading companies to evolve over $50 billion worth of business. The first TEDx licensee and guest lecturer with Singularity University, Nancy is currently advising a second artificial intelligence startup and advancing two horizon efforts that will dramatically reshape the ways we recognize, create, and exchange value with each other in the decades ahead.