While I’m at it, this one deserves a repeat, too; it’s constantly on my mind:
Managers have lost dignity over the past decade in the face of widespread institutional breakdown of trust and self-policing in business. To regain society’s trust, we believe that business leaders must embrace a way of looking at their role that goes beyond their responsibility to the shareholders to include a civic and personal commitment to their duty as institutional custodians. In other words, it is time that management became a profession.
—Rakesh Khurana & Nitin Nohria, “It’s Time to Make Management a True Profession,” Harvard Business Review/10.08