Saturday, November 13, 2004
Scientists, statisticians, and successful corporate CEOs (e.g., Paul O'Neill) have one thing in common: They incessantly gather facts and do analyses aimed at expanding the frontiers of knowledge. Fundamental researchers have a faith that what they learn will eventually be put to use to better the human condition; their time horizon usually lies decades in the future. CEOs have duties to their stockholders -- and their employees -- to maintain quarter-to-quarter profitability. Responsible leaders of great nations shepherd all of the above.