Teachable moments can come almost anytime, from anywhere. The recent history of corporate and professional breakdowns and mess-ups should provide a number of them. Bob Herbert raised the issue in a stinging New York Times column recently when he asked, "Will we learn anything from this disaster ...?" BP was his focus but also on his mind was "how the giant financial firms almost destroyed the American economy" and the "devastating mine explosion in West Virginia -- at a mine run by a company with its own hideous safety record ..."
We'll add to that list the Toyota debacle, drug companies marketing contaminated childrens' medications, builders who pushed defective Chinese drywall into thousands of homes, Delaware doctors who covered-up a pedophile pediatrician who raped children, not to mention more and more dangerous hospitals everywhere. What a couple of months.