Magazine article Management Today

If I Had to Start Again. Mike Turner

Magazine article Management Today

If I Had to Start Again. Mike Turner

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I'd have fancied being a footballer. I played inside right, but I wasn't quick enough. Instead, I did 22 jobs in 42 years at BAE Systems There was one very hot summer in the paint shop that I'll never forget.

I wouldn't change anything about my working life, as my decisions all worked out. But I made sacrifices. I can't remember much about my kids' childhood. Would I change it? Probably not, I'm afraid. You have to make your choices.

I joined BAE when the company was Hawker-Siddeley. I'd been accepted for an economics degree at the LSE, but a guy in the upper sixth told me they'd sponsor you for pounds 10 a week, twice what a grant gave you, and you'd get the same qualification. He didn't get in. I did. They were clearly looking for someone for the Hawker first eleven.

I wasn't exactly ambitious, but I was nosy: what the hell was going on in the other offices? When I saw ways of doing things better, I set about it. That gets you noticed. It was an amazing place, with the complexity of the aircraft and the tanks - and the nuclear submarines, the most incredible machines. …

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