... of what I called "smartest guys in the room syndrome" in 2008, in response to some of the information I was hearing filtering out of the Congressional hearings at the time regarding Lehman Brothers and Dick Fuld. I guess at the time I was talking about sort of generalized hubris and self-serving behavior and how that creates a breeding ground for disaster, but given today's news it looks like some comparison to Enron might have been a little more relevant than I thought at the time.
These days, it would be nice to feel as if "the most honest guys in the room" were a little more common at some of the most powerful corporations and that would be something to celebrate; sometimes it really feels like they have been in short supply. And of course, is smart and honest too much to ask? (People learning lessons from past disasters and contemplating ethics in their decisions might be refreshing too...)
I suppose we can always hope for better, although sometimes some of this stuff feels a bit relentlessly the same.