we get comfortable as a company,
I like to push the boat out again. My wife
keeps saying, "Why?
Why? You're fifty.
Take it easy. Let's enjoy
it." But I'm in a fairly unique position.
Yesterday, the first of nine hundred new
trains arrived in the UK
and went into service. We are going to transform
Britain's rail system from the worst in
to the best.
If you can do a few things like that, when
the body gives out, you can say you've lived
If I put all my money
in the bank
and drink myself
in the Caribbean, I just think
that would be a waste of the fantastic position
I've found myself in.
brands never go bankrupt. You won't see
JetBlue go bankrupt, or Southwest. The American
airline industry, unlike almost any other
American industry, has never taken quality
on board.... The public cares, but airlines
act like they don't. Airlines never really
go bust. They screw their creditors. They
screw their shareholders. You don't get
rid of the dead wood. The inefficient airline
lives on. In England, you're either alive
or you're dead. And, when you're dead, young,
efficient new airlines can rise up. How
many hospitals could have been built with
the money that has been shoveled into inefficient
airlines? How many oil refineries? Probably
as many as we need.
always liked the name Virgin Oil.
away my people
and leave the factories,
and soon there will be grass growing on
the factory floors, but take away my factories
and leave my people, and soon we will have
bigger and better factories.
corporate culture, like the human body,
is an ecosystem of interdependent relationships.
If we seek quality with something other
than a principle-centered approach on all
four levels, our efforts will be necessary
are given the chance to help shape their
company by participating in a company-wide
communications program making suggestions
on waste reduction, environmental improvement,
customer satisfaction, quality improvement,
and safety issues. Over 60 percent of the
suggestions are implemented.
structure of the company
is constantly changing.
The composition of the necessary working
groups is constantly changing. We have
many divisions that are based on the project
principle, which means that they are put
together for each project.
I should do everything to deflect from the
workforce the blows aimed at my partners
I am leaving the company.
I am confident
that the highly professional, united team
of extremely experienced
managers will be able to successfully
handle the task of globalising
the YukosSibneft business.
can't build a strong
with a lot of committees and a board that
has to be consulted every turn. You have
to be able to make decisions
on your own.
we don't want to be overly dependent on
any single asset or be so dependent on the
cycle or where one asset is the bulk of
I had more than I ever dreamt
I'd ever need. And I liked flying around
in the company
for a (GE) company
for 40 years. I love