Magazine article Management Today

Brainfood: Sir Tom McKillop - If I Had to Start Again

Magazine article Management Today

Brainfood: Sir Tom McKillop - If I Had to Start Again

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I'd hope to be half as lucky as I was this time. I never set out to be a chief executive or even a businessman - it was pure accident. I was a scientist conducting research in Paris, and on a trip back to Glasgow I met a bloke in a pub who persuaded me to go for a job at ICI. It just went from there.

So I can't claim to be a good example of career planning. My one guiding principle has been to avoid doing anything as a stepping-stone to something bigger. Don't do things because you think you should, or because it'll make you more money. Do it because it means something to you, and see how it goes - you'll do it well and the opportunities will open up.

I never felt I had to sacrifice anything to get to this position, but in retrospect I guess I didn't spend as much time with my children as I would have liked. I remember once going to my son's parents' evening, and my wife introduced me to a lady she knew. 'Oh,' she said. 'I thought you were a single-parent family. …

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