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Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner is the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero.

Apologize, Resign and Do Good

In societies I admire, leaders who have clearly been negligent and irresponsible admit their errors, resign their positions forthwith, and devote the next period of their lives to doing good work.

I think of former British Secretary of War, John Profumo, who nearly sank an administration with his scandalous affair in the early 1960s -- and then devoted the remainder of his days to serving others after he resigned. We have few examples in our own society. Think of the difference it would have made if Colin Powell had resigned directly after the invasion of Iraq.

Suppose the plans submitted to Congress included the immediate resignation of the leadership teams -- I don't know which figures in each company are most culpable -- and that the plans also included concrete, well-thought-through recommendations about who would best lead the companies going forward. If that had happened, I think decision makers in the Congress and the general public would feel much more favorably disposed to the automobile industry, going forward.

And the deposed leaders could fly off into the sunset in the remaindered planes...

By Howard Gardner

 |  December 8, 2008; 6:21 PM ET
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OFTEN WE LEARN MORE FROM OUR FAILURES THAN FROM OUR SUCCESSES. IF AND I SAY IF THAT IS THE CASE HERE RESIGNATION WOULD BE MERELY SYMBOLIC AND POSSIBLY SHORT SIGHTED.

THAT SAID, WHY I'D LOVE TO BE THE NEW CAR CZAR, OR EVEN THE USED CAR CZAR.

I FIND THAT LAWYERS MAKE EXCELLENT CAR CZARS AND I HAVE BOTH DOMESTIC & FOREIGN CAR EXPERIENCE, NAMELY, FORD AND GM ON THE DOMESTIC SIDE AND HONDA AND TOYOTA ON THE FOREIGN SIDE

AND I KNOW CHINESE

为什么I' 是D的爱新的汽车沙皇,甚至半新车沙皇。 我发现律师做优秀汽车沙皇和我有两国内& 外国汽车经验,即,在外国边的国内边的福特和GM和本田和丰田

AND JAPANESE TOO.

I'なぜ; Dは新しい車の皇帝、また更に中古車の皇帝であることを愛する。 私は弁護士が優秀な車の皇帝を作る私持っている両方国内&をことが分り、; 外国の側面の国内側面の外国車の経験、即ち、フォードおよびGMおよびホンダおよびトヨタ

Posted by: brucerealtor@gmail.com | December 10, 2008 3:22 AM
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