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Chapter 3. The Superstar CEO: Celebrities, Showmen, and Destroyers

Chapter 3. The Superstar CEO: Celebrities, Showmen, and Destroyers

“I would like to know if you are on crack? If so, that would explain a lot; if not, you may want to start, because it’s going to be a long time before we trust you again.”

—written question and advice from an Enron employee to the company’s then chairman and CEO Kenneth Lay at a staff meeting on October 23, 2001

To get a job operating a cash register at retailers Wal-Mart or Winn-Dixie, you have to be a person of near unblemished virtue. In her book on the lives of the low-paid, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, Barbara Ehrenreich writes that applicants for those jobs face both a drugs test and a computer-checked personality test. And, of course, you also need to fill in a full application.


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