Willard C. Butcher, fully Willard Carlisle Butcher
Butcher, fully Willard Carlisle Butcher
American Businessman, Chairman and CEO of The Chase Manhattan Bank
I believe that there is a place for the arts--music, dance,
drawing, painting, writing--in the school curriculum. In
the elementary grades, the arts are a valuable component
in broadening a child's mind and talents. In secondary
school, the arts provide a sense of history, connecting the
past to the present. When a student reaches college, a
liberal arts education teaches not just clear but creative,
innovative thinking. That's the kind of individual I'm
interested in recruiting for Chase: one who can think
conceptually, write well and--perhaps most importantly--
bring a creative outlook to the conference-room table.
High premiums are being paid today not particularly for quality service or long-term building of a business but rather for making money quickly, getting rich, and getting out. And that's wrong.
A lot of these ‘leveragers’ and ‘greenmailers’ are undermining the fundamental structure of our economy. Other than maximizing short-term profits for the speculators, these activities don’t add any intrinsic wealth to the country.
Business leaders today can’t shrink from their obligation to set a moral example.