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John Harvey-Jones

John Harvey-Jones's website (official or not) http://www.cmmol.net/sir_john_harvey_jones.htm
subjects John Harvey-Jones writes about General Management, Leadership, Business Humor
John Harvey-Jones's profile John Harvey-Jones was born on the April 16, 1924 to experience a childhood of extremes. At the time his father was acting as guardian to an adolescent Maharajah and the young Harvey-Jones' early years were a time of "almost ludicrous luxury". Early years that left him totally unprepared for the rigors of an English prep school, which he attended from the age of six through to thirteen. He then entered the Dartmouth Royal Naval College and began a career that he might well have believed would last the rest of his working life.

Toughened by his early prep school experiences, he enjoyed the draconian discipline, the certainty of the service life appealed to him, he learned German and at the end of 1940 went straight into active service as a sixteen year old mid-shipman. Fortunately, one of the few achievements at prep school had been learning to swim. Torpedoed twice before the age of eighteen, he joined the submarines, serving in the Mediterranean, Norway, Ceylon and Australia.

In 1945 the Navy sent him to Cambridge, where he learned Russian in six months and qualified as a German and Russian interpreter. In 1952 he was awarded the MBE for his work in Naval Intelligence after a tour of Duty commanding an 'E' boat, on what was loosely termed "fishery protection duties in the Baltic".

Jobs with ICI followed one another in quick succession. He himself suspected it was a desperate attempt by the company to find something he could do. In 1973 at the age of 49 he was given a seat on the main board. In April 1982 he became Chairman of ICI reputedly at the odds of 15-1 against, only the second split-career man and non-chemist to reach the top.

Certain that a troubled ICI lacked the time to make changes in an evolutionary way, but at the time uncertain of how to do things, he describes himself " as a high-risk Chairman ".

A believer in informality, collective leadership and a high level of conflict, his sometimes strident public profile brought ICI to the notice of many millions. After only thirty months in the job, he had doubled the price of ICI shares and turned a loss into a one billion pound profit.

Harvey-Jones' astringent belief is that " people want to work for an identifiable person and the values of that person are very very important. " No chairman in ICI's past was more visually apparent than John Harvey-Jones. His flowing hair and exotic ties were more recognisably ICI than the company logo.

He maintains a firm belief in " speed rather than direction ", on the assumption that " once travelling a company car veer and tack towards the ultimate objective. " He was also adamant that in ICI his personal drive remained " the expectation of others and the needs of the 115,000 people who work within ICI. " He saw his responsibilities to both stockholders and employees as " making a profit out of the markets where the market is. " At board level he concentrated on putting more power in fewer hands " to reduce the number of those who can say "no" and increase the motivation of those who can say "yes" and he always maintained that " there are no bad troops, only bad leaders. "."

In 1985 Sir John was voted Britains most impressive industrialist by Company Directors interviewed for Market Opinion Research International's Annual "Captains of Industry" survey. In 1988 Sir John received the title of INDUSTRIALIST OF THE YEAR for the third year running and in 1992 was awarded the title MOTIVATOR OF THE YEAR.

During 1986, Sir John was installed as CHANCELLOR OF BRADFORD UNIVERSITY, a role in which he has been consistently active, adding his influence in academic circles.

In 1989 he became Chairman of THE ECONOMIST. He is also, amongst other posts, a non-executive Director of Grand Metropolitan PLC, Chairman of the Wild Fowl Trust and member of The Advisory Council of the Prince's Youth Business Trust.

His original aim on leaving the Navy on securing a 9 to 5 life-style was never achieved during his years at ICI and even since his retirement from ICI, some would doubt that he will never settle for that.

For his private life, he has always endeavoured to keep private. At home he relaxes as a skilled performer in his pony and cart, an enthusiastic cook, provisioner of picnics, swimmer and voracious reader.


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Business Blunders
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This book tells the stories behind some of the world's most disastrous financial mistakes, from the collapse of business empires, like DeLorean, through huge corporate errors like New Coke an the Ford

Ranking at Amazon 5680490
 Constable Robinson
 July 1999 - Paperback
 Business Humor
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12 Pillars of Bussiness Success: How to Achieve Extraordinary Results from Ordinary People
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This fascinating book shows how to turn any organization into an effective, productive and fast-moving team. Packed with sound advice, proven techniques, case studies and entertaining anecdotes, Ron...

Ranking at Amazon 4541724
 Kogan Page Ltd
 March 1997 - Hardcover
 General Management
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Jobshift: How to Prosper in a Workplace Without Jobs
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What is disappearing today is not just a certain number of jobs, or jobs in certain industries, or jobs in some parts of the UK - or even jobs in the West as a whole. What is disappearing is the very...

Ranking at Amazon 12350042
 Nicholas Brealey
 February 1995 - Hardcover
 Career & Employment
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Troubleshooter 2
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Following the book and BBC TV series entitled "Troubleshooter", in which Sir John Harvey-Jones acted as a "company doctor" for six British companies, this book accompanies a follow-up series,...

Ranking at Amazon 6074380
 BBC Books
 November 1992 - Hardcover
 General Management
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Trouble Shooter
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Sir John Harvey-Jones is a well known British businessman. This book brings his management expertise to bear on six British businesses.

Ranking at Amazon 5039826
 London Bridge
 May 1990 - Hardcover
 General Management
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Making It Happen: Reflections on Leadership
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Sir John Harvey-Jones is one of the best-known and admired industrialists in the world, and his achievements at ICI are a legendary feat. But how was that giant company salvaged from its disastrous...

Ranking at Amazon 4749775
 HarperCollins
 January 1989 - Paperback
 Leadership
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