Hillary Clinton believes this country is suffering from a fun deficit. The former Secretary of State and potential presidential candidate highlighted the problem in her appearance at Salesforce's Dreamforce conference in San Francisco on Tuesday.
"Look at the great leaders in our history, how much time they had to think and recreate and decompress," she said. "Franklin Roosevelt spent a lot of time telling jokes and laughing and connecting and being a human for goodness' sake."
Clinton sat down with the founder of the World Economic Forum, Professor Klaus Schwab, and warned business leaders and entrepreneurs about the risks of prioritizing instant financial results over long-term success and sustainability.
"We have perverse incentives," Clinton said about conducting business and politics with short-term goals in mind. "We need to get back to building real relationships."
For Clinton, building long-term relationships pays off. It's why she traveled to more than 200 countries during her stint as Secretary of State instead of simply scheduling video conferences.
"Technology has put a higher premium on face-to-face meetings," she said.
Clinton encouraged business leaders to build relationships and to be open to the idea of collaborations, even when the goals may appear counter to their business model.
"Today we are far less racist, less sexist, less homophobic, more tolerant overall," Clinton said. "Except when it comes to building relationships with people we don't agree with politically or otherwise. But without that, the chances of solving problems are dim."
Clinton illustrated her point with the recent example of how she persuaded Coca-Cola and PepsiCo to help reduce obesity and disease in America by removing sugary soft drinks from vending machines across the country.
Clinton also commended Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff for his commitment to philanthropy.
"The concept of donating one percent of company resources and employee time to charity is as revolutionary as the cloud," she said.
The former senator concluded her conversation without confirming or denying whether she was going to run for the presidency in 2016, stating that on that subject she would rather "not make news today."