“…they have produced too many people lacking the ability to ask “what ought I do” question as a matter of course, let alone dwell seriously on the answers.”

by Julia Evans on April 7, 2011

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How did behaviour in the financial services industry become so problematic? In the City today you will find very smart people, with very high IQs who are world-class innovators and work all the hours that God gives them. You will find an unbelievable level of drive and motivation. You will encounter many with flair, imagination and creativity. People who ask and can expertly answer the questions: “What can I do? How can I do it? How can the law assist me? How can I get around a problem?”

But people who have the courage to ask themselves Socrates’ fundamental question “what ought I do?” are thinner on the ground. It is a peculiar achievement that Britain has some of the world’s finer educational establishments but that they have produced too many people lacking the ability to ask “what ought I do” question as a matter of course, let alone dwell seriously on the answers.

From:

Mandela’s lessons in truth for City high-fliers

By Bradley Fried

April 7 2011

The Financial Times

Bradley Fried is managing partner of Grovepoint capital and was previously a partner with McKinsey and chief executive of Investec Bank