Rob Kaplan, former vice chairman of Goldman Sachs, says don’t put money first and if you have someone over a barrel, don’t take advantage.
Kaplan left Goldman in 2006 before it became branded the “great vampire squid.” He’s now a Harvard Business School professor and is out with a new book, “What To Ask The Person In the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming A More Effective Leader And Reaching Your Potential.”
For all the bad press Goldman gets for it’s dealings amid America’s economic collapse, a firm that size can’t be all bad. And Kaplan was either smart enough or lucky enough to leave long before Wall Street’s collapse in the fall of 2008. He’s taken the good he found at Goldman and is sharing it with hundreds of CEOs and business leaders.
He looks at things the old fashioned way: Work hard on what you do, work hard on providing value to the customer, and the money will follow. Companies that put money first are destined for folly when hard times hit – as history has shown.
Click here to read my column on Kaplan on MarketWatch.