'First the worst, second the best, third the one with the hairy chest.'
That rule of the playground didn't make the rounds at my primary school. I only found out that being first might be worst, or at least second best, when I went back to school, aged 43.
At London Business School, I found that life without the CEO's armband felt like liberation. Four years later, towards the end of my tenure as CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Europe, Middle East & Africa, I reflected that I was rarely happy making the big decisions, yet really happy influencing the cause. So I decided to become a deputy instead of a CEO. It was the best decision of my career.
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