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A Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity

In 1970, Milton Friedman famously wrote, “There is one and only one social responsibility of business—to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits….”. For this kind of thinking, Friedman was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1976.  But times change. Friedman’s oft-repeated assertion has since been described as “The World’s Dumbest Idea”.  Today, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine our potential as leaders and as stewards of the world’s resources—an opportunity to change the way we run organizations and modern capitalism. We are hungering for fresh ideas that will help us to reimagine our potential and recalibrate our ideas about our roles as leaders. If we wish to be relevant to the leaders of today and tomorrow, we need to move away from the superficial and the legacy models of the past, away from the “flashing lights, sirens and whistles” of motivation and “rah-rah entreaties”. It is time for leaders to heal the wound of the heart that Covid did not bring about, but brought into sharper focus. There are organizations and thought leaders who will step into the space that has now been created and lead with the necessary passion and intellectual rigor that will elevate our consciousness and our capacity to contribute to a better and safer world. This is the world of STEM of course, but more importantly, it is the world of the spirit—of empathy, collaboration, service, humiltiy, openness, candor—and, most importanlty—love. It is time to ask ourselves, Am I capable of doing this? Do I wish to do this? Am I tweaking and amplifying the paradigms of the past, or bringing about the new thinking necessary for a sustainable future?

Big questions.  Big responsibilities. Big stakes.

PS. Please join me for a conversation every Thursday about this and other important leadership issues of our time: www.secretanzoom.com

 

A Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity

A Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity

In 1970, Milton Friedman famously wrote, "There is one and only one social responsibility of business—to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits....". For this kind of thinking, Friedman was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in...

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Cheer up!

Cheer up!

It seems that we can’t open our news feeds these days without reading another depressing headline. So, here is my antidote for you today:     First, Visit www.inspirepledge.com and make a commitment to being your best, inspiring self today, and just as...

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A Weekly Shot of Inspiration

A Weekly Shot of Inspiration

Last March, I invited people to join me in an experimental weekly Zoom video call for some mutual inspiration. The original intention was to provide support to frontline workers during Covid. I committed to hosting these sessions for one month, but everyone was...

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The Responsibility to Use our Voices

The Responsibility to Use our Voices

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Good Timber – from Inspiration in the Cloud

Good Timber – from Inspiration in the Cloud

During our "Inspiration in the Cloud"  Zoom video call today, I shared this poem with all of the participants who joined our weekly 30-minute inspiring conversation. The poem is starkly gender-insensitive, but, remember, he died before I was born! (Honestly, I...

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The Calf-Path – Lessons for Life!

The Calf-Path – Lessons for Life!

  This is a lovely poem which I read this morning during our "Inspiration in the Cloud" public Zoom call. It speaks so well to the notion that we are all connected and we are all ONE!  Please join us again next Thursday at 1100 EST - you can register here:...

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How to Be Inspired (and Inspiring) in a COVID-19 Era

How to Be Inspired (and Inspiring) in a COVID-19 Era

You don’t need any message from me about what to do (social distancing, hand-washing, etc.). So let's look at this a little differently..... We have all been given the gift of time – what will you do with your gift?   We have a golden opportunity to use this gift...

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Leadership Models

Leadership Models

In my day-to-day work with leaders globally, my conviction that leadership is broken becomes stronger with each new business model that I see. There is no laboratory better than the C-suite for observing the dizzying array of leadership models, and all their...

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The Myth of Stress

The Myth of Stress

A Buddhist parable tells the story of a monk confronted by a fierce tiger while on a quiet walk. The monk becomes motionless. He knows that just beyond him is a cliff and just below that cliff is the rocky shoreline and the turbulent sea. The monk is caught between...

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