Magazine article Management Today

Brainfood: Sir Michael Bishop - If I Had to Start Again

Magazine article Management Today

Brainfood: Sir Michael Bishop - If I Had to Start Again

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I'd start my business career later and probably go to university.

I picked up a broad range of knowledge later in life, but it would have been useful to have it upfront. I was 36 when I bought British Midland and found that I lacked some of the skills I needed in accounting and legal matters. I really did fly by the seat of my pants for the first 10 years.

Running an airline is a high-pressure business, and I had to concentrate on work to the exclusion of other interests. I'm a fan of the arts, and I'd like to have dedicated more time to that, but to become a really talented musician - a pianist or violinist - you have to do it 10 hours a day, to the exclusion of everything else. Whichever path you take, you're missing out on other things, so I don't regret the sacrifices I've made.

There have been some really difficult times and tough decisions to make - we've operated in the face of oil spikes, September 11 and Sars - and overcoming such challenges is a 24/7 job. We had a very serious aircraft accident in 1989. …

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