Which Business Leader Said…?

Which business leader said: “I’ve had no life for the past two years …”? George Bush? Tony Hayward? Or was it Lloyd’s CEO Antonio Horta Osorio? Or someone else?

The Quiz question

This is your LWD quiz question and puzzle for the festive season. Challenge yourself, or try it out on friends (or enemies, if you aren’t quite in the festive spirit).

The quote continued:

” …The past six months have been particularly lacking in quality of life. It has taken a huge toll on me, and it has taken a huge toll on those around me.”

So what do you think? Was it George, Tony, or Antonio?

Don’t be fooled

The quote may seem familiar, but don’t be fooled …

It wasn’t Tony Hayward

No, it wasn’t Tony Hayward of BP. Faced with the biggest crisis under his leadership, Hayward uttered words that were reported around the world, and were to later associated with his losing his job: “I want my life back back”.

It wasn’t George Bush

It wasn’t George Bush, pictured above. Don’t know what he’s up to, and he may indeed have more time for other things now such as watching President Obama struggle with the dilemmas of leadership…

And it wasn’t Antonio Horta Osarios

And it wasn’t Lloyds bank leader Mr Horta-Osório, who eventually returned to his post after eight days [November 2011] at The Priory medical clinic recovering from the effects of extreme sleep deprivation. According to The Telegraph,

The 47-year old Portuguese banker described the experience of being forced to relinquish his duties on October 31 as “humbling” and said he had to “rebalance” his life to ensure that he did not let things go “too far” again.

“With hindsight, I probably threw myself in too much. Focused too much, with too much intensity and I should have dealt with it differently. This was a humbling experience for me and I took the proper lessons from it. I will do things differently going forward.”

Another hint

Here’s another hint about the unnamed leader who was also reported as saying:

“It was like when the flutter of a wing of a butterfly in the Amazon causes a storm in Alaska,” recalls Mr ******.

The Leader was …?

Who is Mr ******

A special mention will be made of any reader who sends in the correct answer, together with a URL link [use the comments section below].

Special mentions also for creative guesses such as George Bush (pictured above). More about Mr ****** will be published for Christmas [Posting scheduled for December 24th, 2011]

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3 Responses to Which Business Leader Said…?

  1. Gilmar Cezar says:

    Dear Professor,
    greetings from Brazil!!!
    maybe this poor man should be Mr. VM?
    Happy Holidays!!!
    Gilmar

  2. Günther Moritz Gartner says:

    Victor Muller, CEO SAAB
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/business-15490773

  3. Thanks to both. I’ll not comment yet beyond also reciprocating best wishes to Brazil and Germany (where they take motorcars and racing v seriously…. )

    Next year I may have to make the quiz harder…

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