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100 More Great Leadership Ideas by Jonathan Gifford

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The idea

Sir John Harvey-Jones, chairman of ICI in the 1980s, was put in charge of a review of the worldwide cost of naphtha, one of the company’s key raw materials, early in his career with the chemicals giant. ‘I had been in the division only about three months, and barely knew what naphtha was. It had not been my direct responsibility to purchase it and I was operating in a field where everyone else ... was an expert.’ Leading the mission ...

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