We’ve all heard the news that Sir John Harvey Jones had died after a long illness.Having seen him in action I wouldn’t be surprised if he turned up in Heaven and was asked to do a spot of Troubleshooting for them.When I was growing up and maturing as a consultant Sir John was my absolute hero. I read the Troubleshooter series books, more than once. I also read his people management book: “All Together Now”, and every one of his other books except for “Business Blunders” which I’m sure would have been fascinating.
And I was lucky enough to meet and talk to him twice at different seminars. On both occasions he was a gentleman and although by that time afflicted by his strokes, still obviously in full charge of his faculties.
He and the BBC obviously led the charge in business TV. I believe without The Troubleshooter series business TV would never have developed to the point it is now.
So my thanks go to Sir John for all he did to make business interesting to the man in the street and how he gave real business advice whilst still telling a story we could all follow.
Interestingly enough I modelled my original coaching approach on how he worked with companies.
Click here for the BBC’s obituary on Sir John Harvey Jones.
The BBC also has a Troubleshooter summary of what happened to some of the firms Sir John Harvey-Jones went into.
I’d urge you to get at least one of Sir John’s books if you’re serious about your career or business. The Troubleshooter’s books are interesting reads and there are plenty of pointers you can use in your own life. (You can order them through the Amazon advert to the right.)
Sir John Harvey Jones (1924-2008)