Born: September 21, 1912
Birthplace: Kinlochleven, Scotland, United Kingdom
Died: April 13, 1998
Occupation: Industrialist and Metallurgist
Profile: Appointed head of the UK National Coal Board in 1983. Knighted in 1986.
Number of Quotes: 5
Being British is a faith. I will never lose it.
I don't know any executive who ever thought about stress, although a lot of other people do. No one ever dies of hard work. But a lot of people die once they retire from an active job.
I don't like unnecessary class distinctions. The Americans waste no time on them. They don't care who your father was. If you make it to the top and it comes out that your father made moonshine in Tennessee they admire you even more. Now, I like that system.
I never thought the day would come when I wished I had some of my scruffy, sometimes ill-disciplined, sometimes loud-mouthed American police by my side in this country, and some of the curious ways of the law to back them up.
Management is a calling and people ought to be dedicated to it. British managers have far too much security. A poor manager should be dumped. What's at stake is the happiness of society, not the comfort of managers.