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Inside Job

Pamela Young - Friday, April 22, 2011
Everyone I invited to come to the movie Inside Job recently, thought it was a Brad Pitt action packed block-buster movie.  While the film's self-promotion was lacking, the documentary (narrated by Pitt) about the respected leaders who bought the global financial markets crashing down, was extremely illuminating.

I once wrote a paper at uni called "Who are these Gods".  It was about the organisation cultures peculiar to professional service firms, the partners that control them...and how average person on the street was so in awe of any lawyer they may one day happen to need, that they would raise them high on a pedestal, shake at the knees if they had to engage with them and avert their eyes when answering their questions.

Having been raised by a litigator I knew then that they were just ordinary men (and women) who had flaws, anxieties and weaknesses just like the rest of us and that they too wear singlets and shorts to mow their lawns in a Sunday morning.  Just ordinary people.

How is this story relevant?  Well, I got the similar feeling when watching Inside Job that these leaders thought of themselves as having 'God-like' status and that they were above the ordinary person too.  Not so.  They are mere mortals and made mistakes that cost average people all over the world their shirts!!

Sadly, these leaders did received God-like recognition and reverence from their evaluating male peers and were cleared of responsibility, got to keep their million dollar homes in the Hampton's, their jet fleets and their $25m cruising yachts (bought with others people money) and faced no charges; served no time.

How can this happen?  Will it happen again? Do the Gods just keep slipping through the system?

PY
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