What’s your top tip for doing a deal? Be straight. Don’t try to be too smart, and always see the other side. Life is full of deals, and reputation helps continuity. What are you reading at the moment? James Kerr’s Legacy, which is about what the All Blacks can teach us about the business of life. Which phrase or word do you most overuse? I use the term "used-car dealer" a lot. It signifies, for me, an ability to share a tale and to describe something constructively and against the odds. It is sometimes misunderstood and I need to be careful at times. What was your first job? I delivered newspapers from a young age and worked out that work equals bucks and, more importantly, fulfilment. Who is your favourite hero of fiction? Many years ago there was a cartoon character called Skid Solo. He was a hero and a racing car driver, able to win the day and the race. His car was No 7 and that’s still my lucky number. What’s the worst airport you’ve been in? It’s got to be the old Khartoum Int...

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