Fortune 500’s and social impact

Recently, I was invited to give feedback for a workshop a friend of mine is developing.

During one of the activities, one of the participants expressed that she wanted to be a CEO for a billion-dollar company and have a social impact component.

It’s quite rare to find a Fortune 500 that tries to make the culture better. Fortune 500’s don’t become Fortune 500’s by solving world hunger, they do it by generating profits.

If the goal is to be maximize the return for shareholders, to squeeze the machine for another buck, it changes our attitude.

Impossible to serve two masters. It’s a trap, that many of us fall into:

Once I get mine, then I will help those around me.

But that’s not how generosity works. When you feed the network, the network turns around and feeds us back.

Repeatedly, we wait until conditions to be perfect for us before we lift others. Yet, we don’t need to be in charge, we don’t need more authority, we don’t need a bigger paycheck to care.

Caring is a posture we can start today.

(It’s rare to find someone all sudden become extremely generous with their money once they get rich. Money amplifies behavior/character, not change it.)