Magazine article Management Today

Decisions: TM Lewin, Managing Director of the Shirtmaker

Magazine article Management Today

Decisions: TM Lewin, Managing Director of the Shirtmaker

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MY BEST ...

Another good decision I made was to employ good people. I've always gone out to get the best people I can around me; twice, I've even employed people who earn a higher salary than I do. A key hire was John Francomb as creative director, who came on board in 1987. John has been the product leader in everything we do - his knowledge and specialism are fantastic. Our business is founded on our product, not on its marketing or anything else, and John shared that vision from day one.

MY WORST ...

Although I've made good decisions in terms of the people I've hired, I've inevitably made some bad ones, too. But I've always recognised those mistakes and dealt with them in the only way that one can - which is to let that person go. Sometimes, it's hard to understand what someone is going to be like when you're interviewing them and just going on the basis of what they've done in the past. …

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