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If a careful investor who exercises prudential judgment was investigating the extraordinary performance of Enron relative to the market, he would have been able at least to guess that, among industrial companies, this energy outfit was more an aberration than the norm. Indeed, it is hard to understand why nearly everyone was not more questioning of this company’s spectacular rise, given the poor performance of the rest of the market. Postmortem it has been said that the level of ethics at the vertex of management was dismal and Enron was run as its CEO’s one-man show.
Talent is also necessary. Since only rare individuals command the talent required to express dissatisfaction in a creative way, we ought to cherish and take good care of the few who do . . In order to win horse races, thoroughbreds are needed. But there are only few champions, and they are usually temperamental. 10 Competition strengthens efficiency. Nepotism kills it. Siegmund Warburg’s selection of assistants was primarily outside his family’s clan. 11 There were good reasons why Siegmund Warburg never ceased being interested in the recruitment and development of young talent, identifying potential stars by means of literary quizzes and the ability to manage relations with corporate clients.
On April 22, 2014, big shareholders backed Citigroup’s senior executives at the ETHICAL VALUES, EFFICIENCY, EFFECTIVENESS 15 bank’s annual meeting in St. 6 percent voting in favor of the executive pay plans. The support provided some relief to the financial institution that had failed to gain a majority in the same vote two years earlier. 20 Executive pay and bonuses reserve surprises because they hold a special position in the realm of decisions management makes. The traditional pillars of free enterprise have been valued employees producing the best products for satisfied customers.
Business Efficiency and Ethics: Values and Strategic Decision Making by Dimitris N. Chorafas (auth.)