"Leadership is not a solo act...it is a shared responsibility, a chorus of diverse and complimentary voices. To an unusual degree, [Enron] is chock-full o' leaders"After:
"Egg all over the face is an understatement. As embarrassing as it is, we basically took the word of Lay and his people. Was there a way to spot that the emperor was wearing no clothes? I don't think so."CHRISTOPHER A. BARTLETT, Professor, Harvard Business SchoolBefore:
"Skilling and Lay created `a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity and an engine of growth."'After:
"There are absolutely some strong, helpful lessons to learn by what they did right. Unfortunately, all those are trumped by the mistakes they made."GARY HAMEL, Chairman of consultant StrategosBefore:
"Enron isn't in the business of eking the last penny out of a dying business but of continuously creating radical new business concepts with huge upside."After:
"Do I feel like an idiot? No. If I misread the company in some way, I was one of a hell of a lot of people who did that."SAMUEL E. BODILY, Professor, University of VirginiaBefore:
"Skilling and others have led a transformation in Enron that is as significant as any in business today. This is brand new thinking, and there are broad implications for other companies."After:
"History can't be very kind to it. It's sad: The innovation and ideas and what was good about what they did may be lost in the demise of the company."