Business Versus Politics
Changing from the political to the business realm can be difficult for some. The primary difference is how communication of differences is managed.
I don't want to labour the point, but yesterday felt like the first day of the rest of my life.
Technically it was, but there was a wonderful sense of freedom after leaving the Sky News Studio following my final show.
The relief wasn't because there was anything negative about my Sky experience —quite the contrary. I learned a lot and met some great people. Sure, there were frustrations, but I can guarantee you they were a two-way street.
A difference of opinion is expected in any business, and challenges were resolved amicably and professionally.
I understood and accepted their commercial considerations, while Sky management understood that I have a different perspective on some issues than many commentators.
It wasn't much different to when I was in politics - except the people were nicer and much more honest!
Transitioning from the political to the business realm is difficult for some. For me, the move was easy because my pre-political life was in business, and I understood the primary motivators.
Politics is an extraordinary beast, and every politician has different goals.
Some want to be Prime Minister, some are constantly seeking higher office, while others are genuinely motivated by an issue or the principle of representative government.
However, the most significant difference between political and business life is the directness of communication.