Enron, a Smart Take
Kevin Salwen on Ethics
As the Ken Lay trial once again places the business world's focus on values, it's worth stepping back for a broader view. I love the piece that Les Csorba wrote in the Houston Chronicle.
His column hits so many of the right notes, focusing not only on Lay but on what he represents in our culture. A couple of samples:
-- 'The story of Ken Lay, the son of a minister turned corporate icon, is a sad reminder of how far we have come in our cleverness at deflecting blame.'
-- 'Like many in our day, he has mastered the art of empty confession. Instead of apologizing for personal wrongdoing, such leaders assume collective accountability.'
That Csorba is a partner with search firm Heidrick & Struggles should give us a bit of optimism. I, for one, hope he's hunting for leaders with true enlightment.