Read the definitive Enron book about the financial scandal and Enron's downfall. Book summary of the Smartest Guys in the Room, by Bethany. MANAGEMENT LESSONS FROM ENRON'S LEADERS 1 The Smartest Guys in the Room: Management Lessons from Enron's Leaders Susan Boswell Notre. terday. The scene: the dolder grand hotel, high in the hills above Zürich, Switzerland. It was I was the co-organizer of an impor- tant international monetary.

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It used to be much simpler.

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In school, smart was what the best students were called, ratings being based simply on grades and class standing. Smart meant getting good grades, and getting good grades was what school was all about.

When I first came to Washington in , straight from college, the word, or what it seemed to stand for, still had great force. An article in Life by Theodore H.

White, written sometime early in the Kennedy Administration, had made a great impression on me: it described a new group of men there were, as I recall, no women in the group who were coming to Washington to determine the destiny of the nation and the world. For a while that seemed good enough. But sometime in the mids, the virtues of smartness became less evident, and the word seemed to lose some of its strength.

The employees encouraged by a potential grand slam did almost everything that could grant them their reward. Apparently, he craved for respect, and the idea to develop an unsurpassable company in the market.

The idea was not to provide high-quality service, but use internal competition, backstabbing and ultimately deception to build a successful organization, at least on paper. Ken Lay liked the idea of heading such a huge market leader, without even putting too much effort into it.

If the delayed their growth, probably things would have unfolded differently, and Enron would still be functional. He was the one who came up with this brilliant idea of structuring the open contracts, but his over-commitment to devising genius plans, left him exposed to a variety of problems.

Skilling was the one Enron executive who did not take the Fifth Amendment before Congress, though his lawyer advised him to do so. He always felt that his methods would eventually crush any problem. This tips may come in handy to you when you create your own company.

As it turns out, Enron lost its grip on the market in a heartbeat. Although they were shooting for the stars, the lack of planning, vision, and pure intentions lead them to the bottom of the corporate success-chain.

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To sum it up, Enron learned the hard way — that lying is wrong. Build up for what is to come 2.

The one-way ticket to reaching the bottom 3. Promote and encourage integrity, not scamming. People who had important things to say were cut off in mid-thought because they were not articulate enough to frame their thoughts in the precise, logical, bright way that was desired, if not required. But sometimes the slower-speaking, less smart person was right; sometimes the smart ones were wrong.

So finally it started to become clear: the smartest man in the room is not always right.

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The truism may have seemed all too obvious to some people, while others may have seen in it a logical contradiction: the rightest man in the room, they might say, is by definition smart. The way the government works, speed gets rewarded more than deliberation, brilliance more than depth. Only with hindsight can one look back and see that the smartest course may not have been the right one.

Even then the lesson is hard, perhaps impossible, to learn.

Confronted with a choice between the recommendations of two advocates, one smart and one seemingly less smart, on what basis does one choose that of the less smart one?It's officially summer, and that means your timeline will be flooded with wedding ceremony and proposal photos in no time. Perceptions of women in management: Briefing someone that smart could be very difficult.

Enron rewarded increased revenue, which is more easily measured, instead of rewarding profitability, a more desirable outcome Kerr, Drawing how companies really work.