Management Today

Articles from April 1

Advertising Feature: Training and Skills - A Britain Buzzing with Enterprise
With their ability to conjure new businesses - and jobs - out of almost nothing, entrepreneurs supply the spark that fires up the economy. Can we foster the conditions in which they will flourish? Relative economic decline has been the British story...
Advertising Feature: Training and Skills - Skills Take Priority
British business is being hobbled by an acute lack of skills among employees. An intensive drive is under way to resolve the crisis. Text by Stefan Stern. For British business these are the best of times and the worst of times. The numbers don't...
Advertising Feature: Training and Skills - Train Smarter, Not Harder
If they are to prosper, companies must take responsibility for realising the potential of their staff. Making sure that training brings measurable improvements in relevant skills will inevitably boost the bottom line. For far too long, training...
Brain Food: Behind the Spin - Parmalat
THE DILEMMA Not so much dilemma as catastrophe for the Italian dairy group, now dubbed the Enron of Europe. Parmalat's founder Calisto Tanzi and finance director Fausto Tonna were arrested in December, along with seven other Parmalat executives,...
Brain Food: Crash Course In. Work Experience
There's a shortage of good candidates at the bottom end of your organisation. Those you get have a completely warped view of what you do. Time to offer work experience placements? Where is help needed? List suitable tasks and consider how quickly...
Brain Food: Decisions - Karren Brady
BIRMINGHAM CITY FOOTBALL CLUB THE WOMAN WHO, AS MD, STEERED THE BLUES TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE MY BEST... was floating the company in 1997. We decided on 15 December 1996 that we would float and that we had to do so by the beginning of February,...
Brain Food: MT - Masterclass - Social Capitalism
What is it? Capitalists are in it for the money; social capitalists are trying to achieve positive change and make money at the same time. They are 'social entrepreneurs' who have identified needs in their communities and worked out commercially...
Britain's Most Overpaid Jobs
Look, it's really not just jealousy, but have you noticed how some individuals and some occupations seem to be making much more money than they deserve? Rhymer Rigby names a few. How many times have you heard the refrain 'They're so overpaid'? ...
First-Class Coach
Q I took over as team manager a few months ago and I've been trying to raise standards. But my recent appraisal revealed that I'm seen as micromanaging people and they are not happy. How can I make improvements unless I know what people are doing and...
In My Opinion: Chartered Management Institute
Chartered Management Institute companion Kevin Parry, chairman of Proudfoot Consulting, warns against hasty outsourcing When a company wants to focus on its core business, cut costs or exploit the expertise of specialists, outsourcing certain of...
MT Business Lifeforms: The Serial Entrepreneur - David Jonstone, Chief Executive of Jonstone Holdings
Dynamic and manic, media whoring (never boring), crazy guy (never wears a tie) and always bubbling over with enthusiasm for his next project, David Jonstone is a hard man to avoid. Here he is stepping into a soiree at Number 10. There he goes, garbed...
MT Business Travel: Frequent Flyer - Anthony Lassman's Guide to Milan
HOW TO GET THERE - There are regular flights from Heathrow with British Airways. I'm still a BA fan. Alitalia and bmi also fly from Heathrow. For tighter budgets, Ryanair flies from Luton and Stansted to Milan Bergamo airport. AIRPORT TO TOWN...
MT Survey of Surveys: Advertising
While the lumbering multi-agency giants guard their share price, nimbler start-ups are stealing contracts from under their noses. Ask any executive in the advertising industry how their business is doing and your question will be met with a foot-shuffle,...
On the Road
The VW Golf 2.0 FSI costs thousands more than its rivals, but then it has a premium aura The Volkswagen Golf is subtly but emphatically superior. With its air of tasteful good quality, this car has assumed a characteristic much desired by makers...
Predators on the High Street
They possess a sense of being maverick, feral outsiders who work and play hard. The original US Rat Pack was a late 1950s group of showbiz pals - Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop - who hung out at the Sands...
Retail Rat Pack
Raw and pugnacious, they do deals together and party together. Who are they? They're the new kings of the stores and, with a network of maverick backers to call on, they cruise the high street targeting takeover opportunities. It is a game that...
So That's Your Aptitude?
Putting staff applicants - from school leavers to boardroom contenders - through arcane personality tests is now a familiar part of recruitment. Is this the best tool for the job, or is psychometrics about as useful as phrenology? Do you think conflict...
Techno Life
John Caudwell is best known as the hard-talking boss of high street mobile chain Phones4U, but his business interests also include a logistics company and The Discovery Store. When he's not on the phone, he flies his own helicopter and zips to work...
The Friends of Philip
Philip Green 1 If money was the sole criterion for entry, Philip Green's place in a business hall of fame would have been secured some time ago. But try as he might, Green, 52, can't shake off his bad-boy image. He's still viewed with suspicion...
The Man from the Priory
Dr Chai Patel, CEO of a major supplier of mental healthcare to the NHS (and to the stars), has been accused of profiteering at the public's expense. David Butcher dispels some myths In January, several tabloids ran news stories claiming that the...
The MT Diary: Howard Davies
'Code fatigue' stalks Britain's boardrooms, yet the governance issue rages on in the US The words 'corporate governance' in the first sentence of an article are guaranteed to put off a large percentage of the potential readership. After Higgs and...
The MT Interview: Rupert Gavin
If the Beeb is ever privatised - and after Hutton, anything seems possible - the boss of BBC Worldwide has made a good job of fattening up the golden goose. A tough nut, he bats aside criticism about over-exploiting the brand and juggles business duties...
The Same Old Diversity
Corporations will employ all kinds - as long as they do business the American way There must have been a time when 'equal opportunities' was a newly minted term, one that could inspire change, hope and passion. But it doesn't cut the mustard in...
The Unlikely Chairmen: Ofcom Thought It a Good Idea to Draft in a Restaurateur to Chair Channel 4
It's hard to fathom the rationale of some recent high-profile corporate appointments What qualifies someone as the ideal company chairman? We know that Sir Ian Prosser is deemed not to fit the bill, at least according to some shareholders in J Sainbury....
What's Your Problem?
Q I am ecstatic to be leaving my job. For four years I was very happy at work, but the past year has been one of redundancies, salary freezes and general bad management. My soon-to-be ex-boss is a cack-handed, bullying idiot and I can't wait to see...