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  • Published: 1 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446473047
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

Tough Calls

Making the right decisions in challenging times




How to make the right decision every time

We all make decisions every day. Most of them are pretty straightforward, but every so often there are some really tough calls. In business the choices that executives sometimes have to make can make the difference between acclaimed success and ongoing prosperity, or humiliating failure and financial disaster.

In Tough Calls, leading businessman Allan Leighton focuses on specific decisions he has made in the course of his career – at ASDA, Royal Mail and elsewhere – and describes the thought processes behind them. He also talks to many others in the know, from Sir Stuart Rose and Sir Terry Leahy to Adam Crozier at ITV and Stephen Hester at RBS. Taking into account facts that were known at the time, other inter-related factors and the potentially high-risk consequences, this line-up of top executives outline their approaches to breaking down often highly complex problems into achievable solutions.

  • Published: 1 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446473047
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the author

Allan Leighton

Allan Leighton made his name at supermarket group ASDA, transforming it from a £500 million company to one sold to US giant Wal-Mart for £6.2 billion in 1999. In 2002 he was personally appointed by the Prime Minister to turn around the loss-making Royal Mail, and he achieved that task in only four years, bringing about a revival in the Royal Mail's fortunes that few experts felt to be possible. He has sat on the board of many leading companies, including Lastminute.com and BSkyB, and is widely regarded as one of the UK's top business leaders. He lives in West Yorkshire.

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