Containing a new chapter on the BP oil spill, this is the first book by former BP CEO John Browne, today a highly influential international business figure and authoritative business speaker
John Browne, the CEO of BP for 12 years, invented the oil "supermajor" and is said to have led the way on issues such as climate change, human rights, and transparency. Here, Browne brings to life what he learned about leadership in a tough industry. His story encompasses the insights gained as he transformed a national company, challenged an entire industry, and prompted political and business leaders to change. He takes readers across the world on adventures that include going toe-to-toe with both tyrants and elected leaders, and involve engineering feats which in many ways rival those of going to the moon, and he shares his views on the true purpose of business and the leadership needed to tackle the grand challenges of the era. It is also a story of failure and human frailty as Browne reveals how his private and public lives collided at frightening speed in full view of the world, prompting his abrupt resignation as CEO of BP.