Strategy and challenges when building community
In Episode 2 of Lead the Future, I spoke with Gina Bianchini, CEO of Mighty Networks. In our conversation, Gina shares her perspective on the role of community in our increasingly divided world.
“A community lets everybody belong to something bigger than themselves and to have a bigger common goal where it’s very clear that they couldn’t achieve it on our own. There’s this myth of a person going to the mountaintop, being struck by lightning and getting a great idea, but that’s not how great innovation and solutions actually happen.” Gina Bianchini, CEO, Mighty Networks.She also talks about her strategy for maintaining the clarity she needs to stay resilient, be a source of strength for her team, and help everyone build comfort with uncertainty, chaos, and rapid change. We discuss strategies for keeping focused on top priorities, the role of vulnerability in growth, and insights learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There’s a place for grief, there’s a place for fear, there’s a place for uncertainty but if we don’t figure out the way forward… then what are we doing? The world is defined by people who say, “no, this is what we want the world to be” not by people who lean back and say “well, I guess that was a good run.” That’s not leadership!” Gina Bianchini, CEO, Mighty Networks.
Meet the Leader: Gina Bianchini, CEO, Mighty Networks
Gina Bianchini is an entrepreneur and investor. She is the CEO & Founder of Mighty Networks. Before Mighty Networks, she co-founded Ning, a pioneering global platform for creating niche social networks. Ning grew to 100 million active users across 300,000 social networks. The company was sold for $150M in 2011. Gina sits on the board of TENGA, a $3.4 billion dollar broadcast and digital media company. Gina has been featured in Vanity Fair, Wired, The New York Times, Bloomberg, and The Wall Street Journal.
Leadership Insights to Listen for:
- The strategy behind community design
- Challenges in building community
- Tips for managing your own mental well-being
- Insights on building resilience and resolve personally and professionally
- Gina’s advice for future leaders