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150 Ultimate Business Secrets by Dan Matthews

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Leadership

Don’t worry about the things you can’t change

Ian Powell, PricewaterhouseCoopers

As chairman and senior partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers with responsibility for a group of countries housing 77,000 PwC staff, Ian Powell could be forgiven for having the odd sleepless night. Stress is a problem for high-powered corporate executives and entrepreneurs alike.

But when Powell feels a touch of anxiety coming on he remembers a blood pressure-lowering anecdote featuring former Reuters chairman and personal hero of Powell’s, Sir Christopher Hogg.

“I saw Sir Christopher Hogg at a seminar. His great mentor was [former GEC chairman] Arnie Weinstock. He once asked Hogg, ‘What keeps you awake at night?’. Hogg replied, ‘Exchange rates, the ...

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