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Leaders gone haywire, vintage 2004

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In an annual review of last year’s dumbest moments in business, these fine leaders came out on top:
  • Former Smith & Wesson Chairman James Joseph Minder, who was forced to resign from the gun manufacturing company when newspaper reports revealed that he’d spent 15 years in prison for armed robberies and an escape attempt.

  • Former Bank of Ireland chief exec Michael Soden, who forbade employees from looking at Web pornography on the job, then resigned after being caught with porn on his own computer.

  • Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling, who incited several people to call police when he tugged on their clothes and accused them of being FBI agents.

    Or maybe he’s dumb like a fox and laying the groundwork for an insanity plea concerning his role in the Enron scandals. The police took him to a hospital for observation.

  • Former Silicon Valley chief exec Amr Mohsen, jailed for violating his bail agreement.

    Since landing in the clink, he’s been accused of asking another inmate to find out how much it would cost to “arrange a funeral” for the judge presiding over his case.

    Originally, Mohsen had been on the hook for lying in a patent case and might have served a year in “prison lite.” Now, he could face a life sentence in a maximum-security facility.
Lesson: No matter how stupidly you think you’ve behaved in one venture or another, somebody has acted even dumber.

— Adapted from “The 101 Dumbest Moments in Business,” Adam Horowitz, Mark Athitakis, Mark Lasswell, Owen Thomas, Business 2.0.

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