UK: BRAIN FOOD - Lord Sheppard - If I had to start again ..

UK: BRAIN FOOD - Lord Sheppard - If I had to start again .. - I would hope that I still had my parents' stamina and that a lack of imagination still gave me courage to take sensible risks. I would chose business again - the careful balancing of vision an

by LORD SHEPPARD, he was chairman of Grand Metropolitan 1987-96.

I would hope that I still had my parents' stamina and that a lack of imagination still gave me courage to take sensible risks. I would chose business again - the careful balancing of vision and action is fascinating, but above all it is the opportunity to encourage and get involved with so many people.

To help someone achieve what they thought was beyond them is a great thrill. Years ago, my thought was to get into management, although none of us in the family knew what that meant.

It was not surprising that I set off as a junior financial analyst at Ford Dagenham - I thought Ford could teach me a lot and it did. My ambition then was eventually to become a politician - I am pleased that this never happened, although I have been close to politics over the past decade and am now, in the House of Lords, able to be part of the political review and legislative process. I would find politics frustrating - I would prefer to tackle London's transport problems rather than talk about them! Nowadays enterprise and small business would be more likely. Many more are having the courage to start in business on their own. Maybe therefore self-employment is the avenue I would take if I had to start again. Whatever I did I would hope that God was as kind to me as this time round in terms of health and the family, friends and colleagues with whom I have been associated over the years.

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