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Augustus, Joe Frazier, Henry VII, Matthew Bourne — long term vision, courage, ruthless focus, expert in collaboration, unbeatable

I would invite 20th-century author and essayist George Orwell to any present day business meeting, so he can hear the ‘management speak’ that has infiltrated the English language. We could use a satirical 1984 or Animal Farm for today’s office life.
Owen Woolcock, London Business School Blog comment

John D Rockefeller, from tough childhood to oil monopoly and philanthropy, he’s done everything

I would like to invite Sir David Tang, KBE, and the founder of China Exchange forum in London. He has acute insights into the west and the Far East and an extensive network across Asia and Europe. In this ever globalised world, I would very much appreciate his wisdom and experience.
Bo Zhang, Columbia Business School Blog comment

Aliko Dangote. To know how he successfully sells common or garden commodities to the so-called poor in Africa. No mean feat

I would invite the media executive and investor Ken Lerer. I’d like to hear why some of his companies succeeded more than others and where he thinks the media industry will be in five years.
Julia McInnis, Chicago Booth Blog comment

I’d love to meet Malcolm Purcell McLean, inventor of the shipping container. He changed the world faster than anyone else on planet earth. McLean’s simple invention, so quickly adopted around the world, has transformed millions of lives.
Stephen Robert Morse, Oxford SBS Blog comment

Billy Ralph Waldo Emerson, who would reinforce to all in the room, the message of his essay, “Self Reliance”, which reinforces the integrity of the individual mind, the value of non-conformity vs conformity. The individual mind is where brilliance lives.
Mary Gendron

Billy Connolly, before he dried out. Because life’s just too short.
David Gosling

EMBA fees or . . . 

University of Pennsylvania: Wharton vs Jaguar E-Type

The 1965 British sports car with 60,000 miles on the clock could even prove a sound investment — classic cars have topped Knight Frank’s luxury investment index, beating wine and art, for the past decade

IMD vs Greek holiday home

A two-bedroom detached house in the Kefalonian countryside may be in need of renovation, but it is only five minutes from the beach

Cranfield School of Management vs flying in style

Hiring “The Residence”, a three-room suite on the upper deck of airline Etihad’s Airbus A380, to travel from London to Beijing and back would even grant you a butler in the air

University College Dublin: Smurfit vs dog house

Samsung this year unveiled its dream dog kennel, incorporating a treadmill and a hot-tub. It may be a little small for an Irish wolfhound, however.

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