Lessons Learned from Enron

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Lessons Learned from Enron – Keynote, Breakout or Seminar

“In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.” Warren Buffet, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway.

Enron the giant corporation once noted as the 7th largest in the world financially imploded practically overnight. Many working Americans had their retirement accounts heavily invested in Enron believing Enron was a sound investment that would provide financial security in later years. In this insightful keynote presentation, Bernadette will discuss the importance of developing and living a corporate culture that is deep rooted in integrity as she discusses the 6 fundamentally wrong values that grew within Enron and how these wrong values contributed to Enron’s downfall:

  • Make the deal, it doesn’t matter what it costs to make the deal or whether the deal makes sense.
  • Fulfilling promises to customers both internally and externally does not matter. Use, delay, renegotiate or bait and switch tactics.
  • Practice blaming others and “pass the buck accountability”.
  • Image is everything, substance matters minimally, looking good on the outside is most important.
  • There are no consequences for inappropriate or illegal behaviors, Enron rewards bravado.
  • Intimidate, ostracize or simply ignore anyone who criticizes you. If they don’t agree with you they are simply STUPID.

Learn why ethical leadership is essential in our era of transparency. Make choices to pivot towards honest, principled leadership that is has integrity but still remains highly competitive.  See how top performing companies are doing so nationally and internationally.