Thursday, June 15, 2006

Big Ben Learns A Lesson

Ben Roethlisberger, the youngest quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl was not wearing a helmet when he crashed into a car that was turning left in front of his motorcycle. But today Roethlisberger said in a statement that if he ever rides a motorcycle again “it certainly will be with a helmet.”

I would have laid odds that a young man like Roethlisberger would have gone the route of so many others, cursing luck through broken teeth while vowing to continue the behavior, defending what clearly was an error in judgement. So congratulations to Ben for doing what so few of today's business leaders seem to be able to do: Admit a mistake, take responsibility, and change direction. Such responsibility saves careers and saves companies.

In this particular case, it may save a life as well.

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