- Kevin Goodwin
- Cary, NC
- United States
How do we get people to own their responsibilities to their completion?
There are many crises in the world that were, by all accounts, unavoidable. There are many crises and tragedies that have happened that were entirely avoidable. There were people with the right information, in a position to influence, and the conscience to speak the truth...but not the conviction to stay on the alert and in the face of those who could have stopped it.
The September 11th, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon had several warnings that could have and (though it's easy to say now) should have alerted authorities to the plans, if not the people. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks#Warnings
The housing bubble crash in 2008 was predicated on fraudulant and adjustable-rate mortgages, ETF's based on those mortgages, and credit-default swaps. With all the agencies, industries, experts, and people involved in Large-Scale banking and the Housing market...there were plenty of people who knew what was likely coming. Alan Greenspan acknowledged it in 2005. What was done simply wasn't enough.
Lastly, the tragic case of Jerry Sandusky (former assistant football coach at Penn State University) and a 14-year trail of child molestation and rape. His actions could have been stopped at varying points by people who saw him for what he was, people who saw what he had done, people with the authority to remove him from having access to children, remove him from further tarnishing a community, a university, and most-importantly an unacceptably large number of young boys.
How do we create the culture of personal integrity, empower the individuals, and put ourselves in position to stave off avoidable crises in the future?