After a successful ten-year career in the army, Joff has spent over twenty years in a variety of senior roles working for blue chip companies such as Mars, PepsiCo, News International and Vodafone. He is one of Britain’s most colourful businessmen. Unusual entries on his CV include: a year living amongst the Iban headhunters of Borneo, running an internet company for Rupert Murdoch and being Piers Morgan’s HR director. After a stint in private equity, he recently re-joined the FTSE 100 as HR & Marketing Director of a £6 bn Real Estate Investment Trust.
Strange things happen when you put your hand up and say you want to help Britain's combat Veterans secure civilian employment when they leave the Service. At short notice, and with little qualification other than this general willingness, I found myself sitting at a table with HRHs Prince William and Harry, a three star General and twenty international captains of industry...
There are many ways to measure success in business; P&Ls, Balance Sheets, P/E multiples...but perhaps the most poignant moment in Homm's autobiography is when he realizes he has lost the ability to smile; the most telling KPI of all.
I returned to Hong Kong 25 years later as a businessman and found a city with a population of seven million people now occupying that area. I'm referring, of course, to Shenzen, China's original "Special Economic Zone."
Good luck to CKGSB and Lausanne's International Institute for Management Development with their new venture. It promises to be a fantastic programme for those students with deep enough pockets or generous benefactors. The likelihood is that the rest of us will soon be working for them.
Followers of my blog will know that I began the year with a series of exhortations; ten in all and they précis the messages in my new book '<strong>Who Dares Wins in Business</strong>.' I illustrate these points with case studies from commerce and, as unlikely as it seems, the SAS...
Here's a more suggestion (as you bail the flood water out of your living room or look dejectedly out of the office window); how about running your organization like the SAS this year? Sounds risible? Forget the balaclavas and flash-bangs and think about making the following 10 promises in 2014.
07/01/2014 14:35 GMT
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