Magazine article Management Today

Brainfood: Lord Kalms - If I Had to Start Again

Magazine article Management Today

Brainfood: Lord Kalms - If I Had to Start Again

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I certainly would have gone into politics earlier.

I would have taken an active interest in my thirties, rather than getting involved when I was about 50. I quite like politics: it's a horrible, nasty business full of very strange creatures, political animals who have entirely different characteristics to business people. At the top of business, decision-making is fast and effective, but there is less transparency and less accountability than in politics. At the end of the day, you're accountable by your successes.

Politics is entirely different; there are a lot more people to persuade, including the public to vote for you in the first place. Its whole process is less easily defined because you don't have an end product by which to judge success. Business people get impatient with the process of politics because you can't ever do anything quickly or effectively. You have to try to get agreement with people who fundamentally disagree with you. It's adversarial. With business it's just the opposite: you're dealing with people who are totally single-minded. …

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