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...
Posted by: firstname.lastname@example.org | December 10, 2008 3:22 AM
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