Magazine article Management Today

Books: Author Q&A - Michael Tobin

Magazine article Management Today

Books: Author Q&A - Michael Tobin

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Forget Strategy. Get results

Wiley, pounds 16.99 - What inspired you to write the book?

Since running (FTSE 250 technology firm) Telecity Group, I'm often asked to talk about my 'radical' approach to management. When I wanted to get my team to break old patterns of thinking, I treated them to an unprotected swim with sharks. When I needed to diffuse tension between colleagues who had been bitter rivals, I took them to the Arctic Circle, where they had to huddle together to keep warm. I wanted to write those stories down to help managers think differently, to break the traditional way of doing things.

- Where did your entrepreneurial, maverick spirit come from?

I was born in the East End, then moved to Rhodesia with my mother when I was seven to escape my abusive father. We then went to apartheid-era South Africa, where we were petrol bombed and shot at. When we returned to London, we lived in a squat in Stockwell and survived by selling pianos that had been abandoned in condemned houses. …

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