Few years ago, I was lucky to have been invited to a discussion with two funky Swedish economists Dr. Jonas Ridderstrale and Dr. Kjell A. Nordström who wrote two very successful books: “Funky Business” and “Karaoke Capitalism”. The guys were geniuses in that they dressed like punks, wrote books with funky names with funky pictures in which everyone found what they wanted to find. And they sold their shit to managers who felt like rebels because they were listening to two crazy black-clad guys wearing spiked bracelets and talking about business. They were fantastic marketers.In the middle of the discussion, they posed a question about the managers of the future. What should they be like? I raised my hand, took the microphone and said “Mothers”. Everybody in the audience looked at me in shock, some even laughed. The two funky economists didn’t know how to react - so they simply didn’t. And look at what is happening now. Along with “Are We All Socialists Now?” trend, we are expecting managers to change their role from being hunters of short term profit to “mothers” managing the household for the long run well-being and making sure everybody is healthy and well and equal. The Congress jumped on their feet when Obama mentioned Leonard Abess, a bank president from Miami who cashed out of his company, took a $60 million bonus, and gave it out to all 399 people who worked for him, plus another 72 who used to work for him. And in Austria, we suddenly have big public discussions about the gender of the economy. Like: “Learning from the economic crisis: Should the economy become more feminine?” Well maybe, we should have started those at least 10 years ago. So please, next time I say something that sounds weird - don’t laugh!!!! Sometimes, this funky witch knows what she is talking about.
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