We are blessed to have an excellent teacher this year in our son’s class. Our daughter had him last year and was inspired. For the first time in a few years my son is happy to go to school. He respects his leader. This means as much when you are 46 as it does when you are 12. We have all heard various comments along the lines of “those who can’t do teach.” And yet, this line of thinking exposes such a profound ignorance of what is truly valuable in our society. Today more than ever in my life, I am aware that the world is suffering the fallout of harmful advice and self-serving leadership.
We have come through a period in history where in order to be followed and revered, leaders only had to appear financially successful. This was true regardless of how they chose to lie, steal and cheat to get the money.
Today as we watch the next round of congressional embarrassment with former Goldman CEO/Senator/Governor/MF Global head and now multi-gazillionarie Jon Corzine, telling his former colleagues in the Senate how he “doesn’t know” what happened to all the customer’s trust funds, but “he is not to blame”, we should all use this opportunity to reflect on how we value work in our society.