Magazine article Management Today

If I Had to Start Again ... Lord Browne

Magazine article Management Today

If I Had to Start Again ... Lord Browne

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I would do many things exactly the same. The reason I went into business was because my father pushed me with a very simple question: 'Why not try it?' I did. And I loved it - I loved the oil industry and the richness of all the experiences I had and the people I met. I would do it all again.

The one thing I would change is the way I handled the situation that ultimately resulted in my departure from BP. I made one fatal error of judgment when I told an untruth in a document given to the high court about how my ex-partner Jeff Chevalier and I met. It was a very bad thing to have done - something I had never done before and I'm confident I would never do again. I corrected the statement and apologised, but by then it was too late.

If I were doing it all again, I would like to be very transparent. But it was unrealistic at that time - it was very difficult to bring my two lives together. Things were quite different when I was growing up from how they are today; unless you were in a highly sophisticated minority, you weren't out. And in corporate life then it was basically unacceptable to be out, and the fact it was the oil industry just made it tougher. …

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