In her latest book, Fascism, Madeline Albright quotes Benito Mussolini who said, “if you pluck a chicken one feather at a time, people don’t notice.” One poor decision by a leader in isolation may not make have a huge impact, but a room full of directors making poor decisions, or worse, choosing to ignore those decisions, WILL have a significant negative impact. To borrow another quote, in the 2016 hit movie, Spotlight, a victims advocate says to the investigative team, “If it takes a village to raise a child and it also takes a village to abuse them.”
Chasing the almighty dollar purely as a FINAL endgame is untethering oneself from using money as it was meant to be, the engine for creating new business value. Capitalism was never constructed to simply be a win-lose game played against society and our planet on the opposing side. Adam Smith would be turning in his grave right now. He’d argue the essence of capitalism is to create like-minded community value in which businesses operate within.