Magazine article Management Today

Brain Food: Sir John Tusa - If I Had to Start Again

Magazine article Management Today

Brain Food: Sir John Tusa - If I Had to Start Again

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I'd have insisted that the BBC board of governors interview me for the post of director-general in 1991. They would have at least had to listen to an alternative philosophy for the BBC from the one they later got under John Birt and came to regret. A career decision I'd have handled differently was my acceptance of the presidency of Wolfson College, Cambridge, in 1993. I should have tested the Fellows' declarations that they were outward-looking, forward-thinking much more thoroughly. They weren't. My best decision? To walk out after eight months. Another decision that taught me a valuable lesson was in 2001, when the Royal Shakespeare Company announced, without consultation, its withdrawal from the Barbican residency. We warned its management that they were taking a huge risk with the RSC's artistic and business model. Three years later it has still not recovered from that decision. All those who planned the strategy have now gone. …

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