Magazine article Management Today

Brain Food: Decisions - Lynn Brewer, Enron Whistleblower, Conscience of the Disgraced American Energy Giant

Magazine article Management Today

Brain Food: Decisions - Lynn Brewer, Enron Whistleblower, Conscience of the Disgraced American Energy Giant

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MY BEST ... Taking the job at Enron.

It was an amazing opportunity. Guys like Jeff Skilling and Ken Lay were the Beatles of the energy world and they recruited the best and the brightest. Working there was a chance to be challenged and learn lots, like playing tennis against Andre Agassi rather than my son. It has to be the most amazing place I've ever worked. I figured I'd be there until retirement. That lasted until the third week.

Enron taught me a lot about values. The company preached values that matched mine - respect, integrity, communication and excellence. But this wasn't what they practised. I realised it was just window-dressing. And I'm a better leader because of my experiences there. I used to get everyone on board and do what was right for the company; now I do things because they're right full-stop.

Enron was central to ensuring my ethical GPS is always on true north. I'm one of the few people I know who understands their mission in life. I've gained a lot from Enron, and I'm grateful for it.

MY WORST . …

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