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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Oops!! - BP chief apologises for 'I'd like my life back' comment

Under-fire BP chief executive Tony Hayward issued an apology yesterday for saying in an interview that he would "like my life back," as a massive oil spill wreaks devastation along the Gulf coast.

"I made a hurtful and thoughtless comment on Sunday when I said that 'I wanted my life back,'" Hayward said in a post to BP America's Facebook page.

"When I read that recently, I was appalled. I apologise, especially to the families of the 11 men who lost their lives in this tragic accident," he said.

Eleven rig workers aboard the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon drilling platform were killed when it exploded on April 20, sinking two days later into the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, according to US government estimates, at least 20 million gallons have leaked into the waters.

Despite BP's efforts to cap the flow, thick crude continues to ooze into the Gulf of Mexico's fragile wetlands and once-pristine tourist beaches, killing wildlife and their habitats and destroying the local fishing and tourism-based economy.

"Those words don't represent how I feel about this tragedy, and certainly don't represent the hearts of the people of BP -- many of whom live and work in the Gulf -- who are doing everything they can to make things right," Hayward said in the post.

"My first priority is doing all we can to restore the lives of the people of the Gulf region and their families -- to restore their lives, not mine."


The Difference Between Business Champions and Sporting Champions

The way we define the “Champion” level for the clients with whom we work makes it a lot easier to become a “champion” in the business or non-profit world than it is in the sports world.

Becoming a Champion on the sports field requires a team or an individual to come out on top in a physical competition, for example Phil Mickelson, the 2010 Masters Golf Champion had to beat out a field of 95 other golfers over a four-day competition.

However, defining a “Champion” in the business and non-profit world is much easier. It comes down to measuring yourself against the absolutely best you can be.

When we first engage an organisational leader we find many measure themselves extremely low on our 'Champion Organisations scale'. The scale works as follows:

Imagine your organisation is a sports team and today is the first day of pre-season training. Your vision and goal is to get the Cup Final – or whatever is your ‘Championship Game’ equivalent.

On a scale of 1-5, one means you are just starting out and must begin to build your Champion Organisation, and a 5 means you are absolutely guaranteed to make it to your Championship Game.

Try it:

1        2       3       4       5

Next – What are the 3 most important areas of your organisation that, if you were to improve them over the next 3-6 months, you would significantly improve your Champion Organisation score and get greater top line or bottom line results?


Have fun with the exercise. You may even want to pass it around to others in your organisation and learn whether you are all on the same page. If you are not, then you know you have some work to do!