As I do every Christmas, I watched George Bailey struggle to maintain his business based on good values, but low/no profit. Whereas the savvy businessman Mr. Potter made a whole lot of profit, providing services that were profitable, but low on values — often profit coming from taking advantage of those less privileged.
Of course, the wonderful lesson of this story isn’t focused on running a successful business… nevertheless, what could this story teach us about our own Products and Businesses?
As we plan for 2020, I imagine we can all do better ethically. Read this post and gain some inspiration from Seth Godin.
What do you think about the business viability of the most important KPI/objective being ethical?
Is it too much of a dream?
Can everyone do it? Who can/can’t?
There are a few examples like Patagonia. But, this seems hard for any public company or even for most investors/boards to support.
I’m a dreamer to a fault — but, it’s not too much of a dream, we can all do it.
Merry Christmas everyone!
In an alternate history, one where George’s company does not exist — only the profit hungry Potter exists. The resulting town of Potterville seems a lot like what we’ve created in our world today.