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ASI E-News Poll Results 8/3/10

August 5, 2010
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Is it fair to pin all the blame on the BP oil disaster on the CEO? See what our E-News readers said and leave your thoughts.

BP released an official statement that current CEO Tony Hayward would be leaving his position in October. The majority of the public seems to feel his response to the oil spill was less than admirable. However, do you believe it is fair for all the blame to be placed on one man?

No, it isn't fair: 71%
Yes, it's completely fair: 26%
Not sure: 3%

“As CEO, he is the point man and should have weighed his words and actions carefully. He came across as aloof and unable to comprehend the oil spill situation.”

“He is the CEO of the company therefore the buck stops with him! Preventative safety equipment such as blow out preventers must always be working at 100% to prevent blows outs from occurring!”

“While he made irresponsible statements, and seemed put out that his personal life was disrupted, and he should have set the tone for safety in BP, he can not be held responsible solely for the shortcomings, and mistakes of all those under him - he simply could not know all the questionable decisions being made.”

“I do not believe the reaction to Hayward is the same as saying that all the blame is being put on him. However, keep in mind that the leader sets the tone, process and ethics that an organization practices.”

“That is why they are paid the ‘big bucks.’”

“As CEO, he is the point man and should have weighed his words and actions carefully. He came across as aloof and unable to comprehend the oil spill situation.”

“Although the saying goes "the buck stops here" there were numerous people involved and aware so I feel the blame should be shared by the many parties involved.”

“Hayward is (was) the man in charge of one of the world's largest environmental disasters. He should be held accountable. His actions (or lack thereof) contributed to significant financial impact on BP.”

“As CEO he is supposed to be the leader of the organization and should accept responsibility for its failures as well as successes - particularly those that are due to poor judgment or lax operating principles such as is the case in the rig explosion. It is about time that CEOs are made to accept the consequences of failure instead of just reaping the benefits of success as they do now.”
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