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Beyond Business: An Inspirational Memoir From a Visionary Leader Hardcover – 8 Feb 2010
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Candid books about business life are rare. Lord Browne deserves praise for making a brave start. His memoir, published today, explores territory of a deeply personal nature. From the death of his mother, to the intolerable strains of life in the public gaze, this extemely private man is prepared to return to some painful periods in his life with refreshing honesty. (THE GUARDIAN - 8.02.10)
Lord Browne's memoirs radiate with new details on BP's past and his role in shaping it. (DAILY TELEGRAPH - 9.02.10)
The real meat in Beyond Business comes in his advice to business managers... An ambitious young manager will want to read this tale. (THE IRISH TIMES - 09.03.10)
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For people outside the industry it hopefully provides the kind of honest image that can dispell conspiracy theories about big oil and hopefully de-mistify and de-villify the industry, particularly in the context of the latest events. As the author himself put it- 'the industry ... measured by its weakest member , the one with the worst reputation'. He said it about another company, but how true are those words today !
If you're interested in the oil industry, in BP, or in a personal insight to a man's views on the history and future of this vast global industry that touches everyone in some shape or form, I'd recommend you read this book.
In many ways Browne was a pioneer, calling for investigation into climate change and transparency in dealings with totalitarian governments long before his competitors. This helped BP gain a reputation as a company with a high standard of probity.
However the Gulf of Mexico spill, which happened after his resignation, was deeply damaging to the company worldwide. But Browne is convinced that in time BP can regain the trust that it has currently lost.
A fascinating read which proves that integrity and big-business can sometimes co-exist.
I would have prefered to see more information good and bad if competitors
Very good was also his perspective on environmental challenges and the way forward.
Finally i liked a lot his perspectives on leadership
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