Congress will eventually pass financial reform legislation. But long after the nuances are better understood and loopholes closed, diligent enforcement and ethical business practices will ultimately foretell if it is successful.
My father would have never made it to the board room of BP or AIG. He never made a million bucks. No government bailout would be there for him. He had to succeed - and he did. The basis of his success was five bedrock principles.
What strikes me about the Mahabharata is the emphasis on character development and integrity before skills are bestowed. Were this rule applied in business schools today, the BP rig leak may never have happened.
To create a better future, leaders and aspiring leaders must first envision their company as an authentically "good company" -- and then summon the creativity and the resiliency to overcome the obstacles that await.