‘Stay of execution” – Australian Media Tycoon Kerry Packer’s Inspirational Story about his Father Frank Packer

‘Stay of execution” – Australian Media Tycoon Kerry Packer’s Inspirational Story about his Father Frank Packer
Pic: The Australian

Every father son relationship is complex but emotional. Most of the fathers try to maintain a gap with their son(s) but many keep their relations like friendship.

Here we are sharing story of Australian Media Tycoon Kerry Packer which he shared in an interview long back and talked about his father.

I remember in my early life (he was a great believer in corporal punishment, as I am) he took me aside and said: “Sometimes I have a bad day at the office and I’m angry. I’m going to come home, and if you believe that what you’ve done isn’t worthy of the punishment that I decide you should have, you can have a stay of execution.

All you’ve ever got to say is, ‘Look, I think you’re in a bad mood and I’d like to discuss it with you tomorrow,’ and that’ll stop it.” He said that it may not alter the punishment – that he may decide on the next day that I was wrong and he was right – but I had that option.

And for a man who was supposed to be tough I don’t ever remember one occasion on which I used the stay of execution.

These are the great words with a wonderful lesson.


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