No Condition is Permanent: Risk, Adventure and Return - The Business of Life

Author(s): Sir Bob Reid

ISBN: 9781781558034
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With inspirational leadership and a focus on teamwork, Sir Bob Reid successfully steers global corporations through dramatic challenges.
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  • Sir Bob Reid received his knighthood in Queen Elizabeth’s 1990 Birthday Honours

  • From 1997 to 2004, he was the deputy governor of the Bank of Scotland

  • Beautifully illustrated with many rare and unpublished photographs from Sir Bob Reid’s private collection

  • Of interest to those studying political parties as well as British business and commercial strategies

Sir Bob Reid is the former Chairman of Shell UK, British Rail, ICE Futures Europe and Deputy Governor of the Bank of Scotland, among much else.

His is a story of determination and achievement shot through with political upheaval, economic reversal and industrial catastrophe.

His first posting was to Borneo. Stints in Africa, Thailand and Australia followed, after which he became chair of Shell UK, responsible for all oil exploration, production, refineries and coastal shipping. He then steered disparate large organisations through challenging times by drawing on universal principles about people, power and profit that he had absorbed in his youth and expatriate years.

Success was often rooted in his understanding that you don’t need be to like every member of your team, but you do need to elicit and nurture each individual contribution.

The wisdom gained in a lifetime of leadership – of realising the talent and energy of the people you work with – will inspire anyone who wants to make a difference in business and social enterprise, now or in the future.

BOOK ISBN 9781781558034
FORMAT 234 X 156 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 304 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 18 November 2020
ILLUSTRATIONS 37 colour photographs



Born in Fife, Sir Bob Reid lost his right hand in an accident in his father’s butcher’s shop aged nine. Hen-plucking no longer a job option, he learnt to write with his left hand and considered a golfing career before turning to business. He began with Shell in Borneo, moving on with his wife Jo and their growing family to Africa, Thailand and Australia before returning to chair Shell UK. He then led assorted high-profile organisations through turbulent times. He continues to be involved with public and community projects, particularly education and the arts.