Magazine article Management Today

Brain Food: Sir Gerry Robinson - If I Had to Start Again

Magazine article Management Today

Brain Food: Sir Gerry Robinson - If I Had to Start Again

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There aren't many things that you plan. I certainly didn't in any way plan a career. At 13, I was going to be a priest and went to a seminary, and if there was one thing that I would change, I probably wouldn't have gone. By the time I was 17, I decided it was all just nonsense, largely because I had discovered girls and that seemed a lot more exciting than being a priest. It's with hindsight that I recognise I shouldn't have gone, but I also had a sense of knowing it at the time.

I made a similar mistake with my first marriage, at 21. I simply didn't acknowledge my own doubts at the time. I also regret deeply not going to university. I would have read English. God knows where that would have taken me, although I think I would still have gone into business. There are loads of business decisions I would have handled differently. The most obvious one was when I fired David Plowright (at Granada). I genuinely had no idea how much fuss that would cause. I'd spent my business career in companies where you were bloody lucky to get an article in The Caterer. …

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