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Power Failure Download ½ 109 The late 1990s At the dawn of the new century Ken Lay’s and Jeff Skilling's faces graced the covers of business magazines and Enron’s money oiled the political machinery behind George W Bush’s election campaign But as Wall Street analysts sang Enron’s praises and its stock spiraled dizzyingly into the stratosphere the company’s leaders were madly scrambling to manufacture illusory profits hide its ballooning debt and bully Wall Street into buying its fictional accounting and off balance sheet investment vehicles The story of Enron’s fall is a morality tale writ large performed on a stage with an unforgettable array of props and side plots from parking lots overflowing with Boxsters and BMWs to hot house office affairs and executive tantrums Among the cast of characters Mimi Swartz and Sherron Watkins observe with shrewd Texas eyes and an insider’s perspective are CEO Ken Lay Enron’s “outside face” who was interested in playing diplomat and paving the road to a political career. If you lived through the late 1990 s and early 2000 s you may be aware of the basic headline grabbing story of Enron A small energy company who s core business was in pipelines and natural gas grew over the late 80 s and 90 s into the world s largest energy company who invented the idea of the energy trading market Through uestionable accounting poor criminal decisions and a culture that pushed everybody to make as much money as they could however they could the company eventually imploded crashing so far that the company never recovered Today Enron if people know it at all or even hear the name see the company s story as a cautionary tale at best or as a laughing stock suitable only as the butt of jokesMimi Swartz along with Sherron Watkins an Enron employee and the one held up in the press as the whistle blower who helped shed light on the company and presaged it s fall from power tells the story of Enron from before it s founding through it s rise and dominance and then the eventual fall Mimi shows us who Ken Lay Jeff Skilling Andy Fastow and the other leaders of Enron were and what drove them Usually greed Effort is taken to show how driven the company was to make money at all costs how this culture spread throughout the company and the many times that uestionable decisions were taken The story is interesting because of how willing so many people were to overlook uestionable practices in time these became illegal practices because of greed and a feeling that Enron didn t have to abide by the rules because they made them Even people who didn t get rich went along with decisions or were bullied into them and as long as people were getting rich they were willing to look the other way In that sense Power Failure is an interesting look at the kind of thinking that can easily dominate a company allowing small problems to snowball into the kind of issues that can take a company down It is important to learn this lesson because many times it is the ordinary worker who suffers the most while those at the top manage to avoid any responsibility for their actions In the case of Enron and not covered in the book because the cases were still pending at the time of publication Lay Skilling Fastow and others were all indited and convicted on charges of fraud conspiracy and insider trading For this reason alone it is important to remember the Enron story to make sure that business leaders are held accountable Mimi makes a mostly balanced look at the company trying to show it dispassionately Some might feel that including Sherron Watkins in the narrative gives a decidedly negative or one sided view of the company However I found that Sherron s story and inside knowledge of the company helped to make the company and the people there especially upper management relateable Without that perspective it would be hard for somebody who wasn t an employee to really understand let alone comprehend what went on at EnronI would recommend Power Failure for anybody who is in management or business as a cautionary tale While the events may seem like ancient history and Power Failure itself was written nearly 18 years ago the story of Enron is an important one for readers of US history as the demise of the company has had far reaching repercussions in accounting and finance The Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 was a direct result of Enron s fiasco The Art of Balance political machinery behind George W Bush’s election campaign But as Wall Street analysts sang Enron’s ジョジョメノン profits hide its ballooning debt and bully Wall Street into buying its fictional accounting and off balance sheet investment vehicles The story of Enron’s fall is a morality tale writ large The Binding performed on a stage with an unforgettable array of The Peacock Emporium props and side Punishment plots from Endommagé parking lots overflowing with Boxsters and BMWs to hot house office affairs and executive tantrums Among the cast of characters Mimi Swartz and Sherron Watkins observe with shrewd Texas eyes and an insider’s The First Last Kiss perspective are CEO Ken Lay Enron’s “outside face” who was interested in Geoffrey Madan's Notebooks A Selection Oxford Paperback Reference playing diplomat and Not a fuckin' romance paving the road to a The Sentence is Death political career. 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Power Failure Download ½ 109 “They’re still trying to hide the weenie” thought Sherron Watkins as she read a newspaper clipping about Enron two weeks before Christmas 2001 It uoted CFO Jeff McMahon addressing the company’s creditors and cautioning them against a rash judgment “Don’t assume that there is a smoking gun”Sherron knew Enron well enough to know that the company was in extreme spin modePower Failure is the electrifying behind the scenes story of the collapse of Enron the high flying gas and energy company touted as the poster child of the New Economy that in its hubris had aspired to be “The World’s Leading Company” and had briefly been the seventh largest corporation in AmericaWritten by prizewinning journalist Mimi Swartz and substantially based on the never before published revelations of former Enron vice president Sherron Watkins as well as hundreds of other interviews Power Failure shows the human face beyond the greed arrogance and raw ambition that fueled the company’s meteoric rise in. Update My wife and I just finished watching Enron The Smartest Guys in the Room an excellent documentary made in 2005 I recommend it highly especially as many of the seeds of the current economic crisis were apparent in the machinations of the Enron boys The parallels are uncannyKen Lay was the product of a very religious background in a small Midwestern town During work on his PhD in economics he became enad of the world of stocks He parlayed InterNorth a small energy company into Enron He was a rich man having made 4 million in stock value increases from the merger of Houston Gas into InterNorth later renamed Enron He was also the highest paid CEO in the United States The company s strengths were also its weakness the constant risk taking the high debt load to ward off potential takeovers impassioned embrace of deregulation constant reorganization and instant adoption of the hottest new business ideas They were soon struggling for cashIn the meantime Lay had created a new culture at Enron It was his belief that all one had to do was hire the best and the brightest provide a free environment and things would take care of themselves He also had trouble saying no to anyone He hired an old friend to be the bad guy but it soon became apparent to all that if you made money for the company you could get whatever you wantedWatkins was hailed in 2001 following the collapse of Enron as a heroine for her whistle blowing Whether her actions actually constitute that appellation is open to uestion Certainly she was an insider and her account reveals a great deal of the financial shenanigans in greater detail than the previous book I reviewed Anatomy of Greed She interacted constantly with Lay Skilling and Fastow and if she got really nervous about what she was seeing perhaps whistle blowing was just a way of protecting her posteriorWhat started out as a new paradigm a different way of delivering energy soon became a case of the blind leading the blind or a corporate version of Dumb and Dumber as the board and Enron employees began creating numerous new ways of hiding losses even making losses look like revenue It was a huge ever increasing house of cardsWatkins is an accountant and naturally had a strong sense of the financial improprieties the company had embarked upon but the impending doom she warned of in her now famous memo to Lay should have been obvious to everyone Enron s own head of research said presciently Every era gets the clowns it deservesIf they ever make a movie of this book it will have to be a comedy It is astonishing how stupid many of the best and brightest graduates of American business schools were as they bellied up to the trough of corporate greed Sherron made an attempt to meet with Ken Lay but first she had to convince his personal secretary to arrange a meeting The secretary informed Watkins that Ken gravitates toward good news It did not bode well for the meeting Another insider told her to make the presentation as simple as possible and eliminate any accounting jargon She obliged and reworked her presentation so that her two year old daughter could understand it The meeting was a flop and it was clear to her that Lay could not understand or perhaps did not want to understand a thing she was talking about Ironically Osama Bin Laden s exploits barely dented the US economy Lay s machinations and the subseuent stock free fall provided a vicious slambang The Gilded Wolves prizewinning journalist Mimi Swartz and substantially based on the never before Becoming Hannah published revelations of former Enron vice Bats, Balls and Alter Calls president Sherron Watkins as well as hundreds of other interviews Power Failure shows the human face beyond the greed arrogance and raw ambition that fueled the company’s meteoric rise in. 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