When we started Fortuneof Leadership Next podcast in February, I had no idea we would be heading into the most tumultuous year in modern business history. The drama unfolded every week before our eyes – or rather, our ears.
Ellen McGirt and I chatted with Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky in the midst of his journey from travel lockdown to $ 10 billion IPO billionaire; with the founder of Flagship Pioneering Noubar Afeyan, whose company Moderna was in the process of creating one of the first vaccines against COVID 19 at record speed; with GM CEO Mary Barra on her powerful and personal response to the murder of George Floyd; with tech CEOs such as Marc Benioff of Salesforce, Aneel Bhusri of Workday, Enrique Lores of HP and Chuck Robbins of Cisco who have seen their businesses soar; retail CEOs like Levi’s Chip Bergh, Michelle Gass of Kohl and Marvin Ellison of Lowe, who have been forced to dramatically switch to digital channels; and hospitality CEOs like Hyatt’s Mark Hoplamazian, who saw his business disappear overnight. If you want to understand the profound impact of 2020 on business, I suggest you go back and listen to all 40 episodes.
Yeah, okay, I know – no one has 20 hours older. So here’s a shortcut: Ellen and I did a roundup, with snippets from some of our favorites, and with the help of our favorite sponsor – Deloitte CEO Joe Ucuzoglu. You can hear it this morning, on Apple or Spotify.
We will be back with a new season in the new year. News below.