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Who would you like to meet in business...

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Who would you like to meet in business? Would they be the famous one, like Branson? Or just other business folks who have achieved or still achieving great things?

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Gordon
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I would like to meet Peter Jones from Dragons Den, I think he could give me some useful pointers. I'd also love to chat with Sir Tom Hunter, just to let him know what ideas I have :p
 

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Tom Hunter, yes I agree with you there.
I've met James Caan, a very inspiring chap.
Bill Gates, obviously.
 
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I've met James Caan
What was he like? Did he offer pieces of wisdom?

I have met Sir Tom Farmer...I remember coming out of the meeting with him feeling slightly beaten up...(in a very positive way)...gave me lots of good advice.

I can also remember meeting the ex marketind director of Shell UK, John Moorhouse...and his advice to me at the time (I ran a training company at the time),was that I had to serve the best coffee to clients....as that would be remembered more than the training would ever be. What I learned was the real importance of customer service. Customers really need to feel looked after....no matter what your product or service is.

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Gordon
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I'm reading Scientific Advertising by Claude Hopkins just now for the second time. I bet he would have been a great guy to meet. :)
 
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To be a little different I would like to meet someone outside of the business circle but who could inspire me and my business. I think you can find great advice, drive and inspiration from various sources and sometimes it can be smarter to look outside the standard field of play.

For me I think Chris Barez-Brown would be top of my list.
 
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Hi Gordon
Thamks for bringing attention back to this thread.
I met Gerry Robinson several times in my previous job, and I really admire him. One thing he does (or did) is go home at 5pm every day -very anti long hours culture.

I met Tom Farmer too -and the first time, I was ready to sign up as a Kwikfit fitter- very inspiring -he was the speaker at my Daughter's school this year and he's still the same.

Who would I lke to meet that I haven't - aside from Bill Gates (no interest in talking computers, would just want to tap him into my charity connections) -probably Warren Buffet - the person best placed of all to give advice on managing through tough times -as he has done it more successfully than anyone.For those who don't know who he is, he is currently the World's richest man.

Anne
 
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Thanks for the reply Anne, much appreciated.

What was your job that you got to meet the likes of Gerry Robinson?

Gordon
 
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I was an Investment Manager and I invested in UK larger companies, so got to meet the CEO's of many FTSE 100 companies.Some I got to know quite well, in my specialist areas Retailing (in it's 80's heyday),Banks & Financials and Telecomms (invested in Vodafone when it was first spun of of Racal, so got to know the management well).

It's amazing how many of the UK's top directors are Scottish.

It was a fantastic career and a great privilege to meet so many influential people.

However, it was very stressful and by the time I came to leave, it wasn't the same. Instead of finding a good company with great management and investing in it, the market had moved into the hands of the hedge funds and the whizz kids with derivatives. IT's all done by computer programmes and graphs and there is no room for instinct. You need to look to small companies for that.

So that's why I've probably ended up with several different businesses -can't resist the investment opportunity when I see it

Anne
 

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