Quotes by John Harvey-Jones

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Sir John Harvey-Jones, MBE, was chairman of ICI from 1982-1987. He is probably best known for his BBC television show Troubleshooter, in which he advised struggling businesses. He is a strong supporter of Wienerite principles.

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Planning is an unnatural process; it is much more fun to do something. The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression.

It is surprising, in the welter of questions that one gets at (AGMs), how few actually relate to the performance of the company, or the decisions taken by the board in particular areas.

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