Magazine article Management Today

Brainfood: Ray Webster - If I Had to Start Again

Magazine article Management Today

Brainfood: Ray Webster - If I Had to Start Again

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I'd certainly do things differently, but that's what business is all about. You don't go into it with all the answers.

You learn from your mistakes and try not to make the same ones again.

I'd develop my career in steps. I married young, before I had figured out my career plan. I didn't understand the fundamental implications of work on lifestyle and this led to conflict - and divorce, which in turn affected my career. That's what I tell my kids: don't rush into marriage.

Wait until you're 30, to let you establish your values.

Aviation was a happy accident. I got into it because I'm colour-blind, and it's an industry that accepts electrical engineers with my condition.

I like complexity and finding better ways to address challenges, and any number of things could have satisfied that. It could have been Nasa or the biochemical industry. But it would have to be business-related. I wouldn't have found the challenge in something like sport.

My home life has been highly disrupted over the 10 years at easyJet, being away from my family in New Zealand. …

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