Monday, March 2, 2009

I Can't Decide How I Feel About This Quote

I ran across this beauty while reluctantly reading my management text:
The things that make a good leader are being open-minded, having a willingness to really ask for and accept advice, showing a sense of humility, and putting the right people in the right seats. -Hank Paulson, CEO, Goldman Sachs (Prior to his stint as Treasury Secretary)

I'm not really sure what to think about this. Either he followed his own advice and failed anyway, which is funny, or he ignored his own advice and failed, which is funny too. All we can be sure of is that he failed. Some of this advice is valid, I think, especially the part about putting the right people in the right seats, which Paulson definitely didn't do. The part about humility is, well, you know. Businesspeople tend to use the word humility to refer to rationality and honesty in the face of unpleasant reality. If he's using it that way, he definitely didn't follow his own advice on that one.

The point of this is that Paulson is a douche, in case that wasn't apparent already.

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