Distinguishing Building Versus Burning

The quote below says a lot about the sputtering nature of today’s American economy. Roger McNamee says of Steve Jobs:

Steve’s the last of the great builders…What makes him different is that he’s creating jobs and economic activity out of thin air while just about every other CEO in America is working out ways to cut costs and lay people off.

We don’t make enough of a distinction between those who build and those who burn.  There is a profound difference between building Rome and sacking it (even when it’s in the name of saving it), and we have to be more particular in what we reward and who we venerate. Before shareholders write them big checks or the public gives business “wise men” its attention, we should ask whether they are builders or burners.

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