Quote of the day: on management by Sir Terry Leahy

In my experience management is perpetual vigilance. Sir Terry Leahy, Tesco chief executive, has amplified this while being interviewed in The Daily Telegraph,

“The odd thing about the chief executive’s job is that it is frustrating. It is not a league championship that you can win and then you have won it. It is a never-ending contest.

“You can’t look back and say here are my six league championships. You might be just a week away from a crisis or a problem. It is a rather unsettling feeling actually. It is a long haul,”

Quote of the day: Statistical relevance

Spotted on the Infectious Greed blog. He liked the quote, and so do I.

“Next time someone tells you they don’t believe a small sample poll can possibly tell you anything, just say to them ‘OK, then. Next time you have to have a blood test, why don’t you ask them to take the whole lot?’”

— British opinion pollster Nick Moon, in Significance, March 2010

Quote of the day: Julia Somerville

Stand-in BBC News presenter, Julia Somerville, interviewing Unite union leader Tony Woodley on a fresh threat of strikes with British Airways cabin crew, said

“Both you and BA have a death grip around each other’s necks, just like Holmes and Moriarty.”

Wow, that’s an image on which to ponder.

Quote of the day: One to depress

Sir Dick Evans, former chief executive of BAE Systems, the giant defence contractor, has a surprising new role, reported in the Daily Telegraph, as chairman of Samruk, which controls 40% of the GDP of Kazakhstan’s economy.

Sir Dick now spends over half his time in the Kazakhstan political capital, Astana, using his business skills to help grow the business. Now, here’s the depressing quote about Sir Dick’s frustration at not being able to use his influence to help UK companies,

“I think it’s profoundly depressing, when you look at the number of foreign investors winning contracts here at the moment, how few British companies there are. There’s not a single British company among them – it’s because we’ve got nothing to sell them. The UK opted out of manufacturing. There are no British companies left to help.”

Quote of the day: on political donations

Jeff Randall, on Sky News Randall and Boulton Unleashed, just signed of with a lovely quote about Labour raising £1.49 million in donations in the second week of the campaign, against £2.22 million for the Tories, and £120,000 for the LibDems,

“If money talks, it’s not having a conversation with Nick Clegg.”