Former CEO of PepsiCo on Nurturing Talent in Turbulent Times reviews

May 26, 2022

Indra Nooyi has ideas for how the corporate world needs to evolve. Like changing how we think about talent and improving how we treat all workers.
HBR editor in chief Adi Ignatius sat down with the former CEO and chairman of PepsiCo to discuss the power of purpose in driving strategy, triumphs and setbacks she experienced as one of the few women running a Fortune 500 company, and how important leadership is for creating truly inclusive workplaces. Nooyi urges us to think about how to take care of all workers, at all phases of the supply chain, with a focus on paid leave, and reminds us not to forget essential workers in our discussions about the future of the workplace.
This interview is the second in a new video series called “The New World of Work,” which will explore how top-tier executives see the future and how their companies are trying to set themselves up for success. Each week, Adi will interview a leader on LinkedIn Live — and then share an inside look at those conversations and solicit questions for future discussions in a newsletter just for HBR subscribers. If you’re a subscriber, you can sign up for the newsletter here:

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  1. In her 40 mins talk she keeps repeating herself, i dont know the solution, but i am realy working very hard on it, guess what she is very good at speak a lot but just do not answer the question, just like polition do

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    Vanessa Andreatta May 26, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Essential workers are still the key for most of the companies all over the world. It may not be for the tech companies, but still let's focus on the whole picture! When some issues are not addressed there is no way to solve them. I would love to hear more examples of success in those speeches. Diversity is never enough because it is a process, not a given.

  3. Dear Indra, what you talked about the woman and the performance and potential paradigm is absolutely relevant, and interesting. Though we have progressed so far to a modern world, in India, still we have a massive mount of potential, tied to the role of House Wife, in millions of Indian families, probably in many other countries as well. We need to device measures to bring such potential in to the mainstream and drive such forces for the greater prosperity of this world and earth.

  4. I don't know how to thank you enough for your brilliance – namaste

  5. living legend

  6. I love that the interviewer purposely didn’t say Indra Nooyi go to Yales because the interview is by Harvard :))

  7. Nothing about Pepsi is or ever has been ethical, moral or positive for the wellbeing of its consumers, employees or ecological impact on our entire planet.

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    Somdatta Bhattacharya May 26, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Hear hear!

  9. "women gets judge for what they're, men- for what they promise to become thus men are weigh down by responsibilities and women, by restrictions."
    Don't remember where I read it but her words reminded me of this.

  10. She would be a great politician. Says all the rehashed statements.

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    rajeesh viswanathan May 26, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    It was an excellent session, one main issue today being faced by many managers is they are able to engage the employee but not able ot overcome presentism. How do we overcome it?

  12. She is so great, talented and really care; such an inspiration. Great conversation, I finished reading her book last week.

  13. Great episode. When someone was calling her honey and she left that is not the right precedent to set. No matter who they are they shouldn’t decide that calling another person a dismissive name is the status quo. Others see it and will assume a lot and act the same.

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    Safiullah Wasiullah May 26, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Question : How to deal with Racism in Middle East Market, specially in corporate sector?

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    Safiullah Wasiullah May 26, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Its a wonderful series. Thanks to HBR.

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