Richard Branson has become one of the world's most famous entrepreneurs and also one of the most unconventional. Known as a billionaire who's Virgin Group of businesses run the gamete from condoms to wedding gowns to travel. He's almost more known for his publicity stunts which he uses to promote his brand. He's driven a tank down New York City's Fifth Avenue to market his Virgin Cola to the United States, flown a hot air balloon, and even portrayed a drowning victim on Baywatch. Despite or perhaps because of this he is a very experienced and effective leader. He is shown as an everyman due to his casual dress and his distaste for conventional marketing.
Writing in a British management journal, Alan Mitchell noted that Mr. Branson found his winning formula in the clashing values of the 60's: profit versus people; money versus morality; the corporation versus the consumer; big (business) versus small (human); formal versus informal; planning versus spontaneity; conventionality versus novelty; hierarchy versus egalitarianism; secrecy versus openness. Mr. Branson always choose the humanistic path, and yet uniquely, he's turned these values back on business itself, forging an unexpectedly vibrant synthesis (Branson Case Study).
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[...] Case study: Sir Richard Branson, Chairman, Virgin Group, Ltd. Richard Branson has become one of the world's most famous entrepreneurs and also one of the most unconventional. Known as a billionaire who's Virgin Group of businesses run the gamete from condoms to wedding gowns to travel. He's almost more known for his publicity stunts which he uses to promote his brand. He's driven a tank down New York City's Fifth Avenue to market his Virgin Cola to the United States, flown a hot air balloon, and even portrayed a drowning victim on Baywatch. [...]
[...] Branson as he already has a full slate of activities. He has a management group already that keeps track of his different holdings and helps run the day to day business of his other groups. But this would take a commitment that he is not now showing to a single venture. To develop this team he would need to probably pull away some of his higher level employees from other parts of his company along with a batch of new employees and some that have the skill set needed to initiate a space tourism venture. [...]
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