Management Today

Articles from January 13

25 Signs That It's Time to Move On
Does it matter if you've been at the same desk for so long you can't remember your last job interview? After all, experience is a valuable commodity, and the best way to acquire it is to let the grass beneath your feet grow awhile. Or is it? Staying...
BOOKS: Just Taking You for a Spin
Two how-to books on the stratagems of PR consultancies offer useful advice, but Francis Beckett finds George Pitcher's free-wheeling anecdotes more fun. Spin is very much alive, and George Pitcher's book The Death of Spin makes no attempt to pretend...
BOOKS: Like a Well-Balanced Meal
Those who haven't yet got a grip on how economics works could pick up more than a few crumbs from this tasty, myth-blowing little book, argues David Miles. In this short, chatty and illuminating book, David Smith, economics editor of the Sunday...
BRAIN FOOD: Route to the Top ... Power Presenting
Focus on your desired outcome. What do you want your audience to think, feel and do differently as a result of your presentation? What do you want them to think about you? Write down your key message. It should be compelling and short. Ask yourself:...
COMING UP FAST: Building to Last - Whistleblowing
DILEMMA: My friend has just had a nasty scare. Yet thanks to a brave whistleblower, she found out that her finance director was ripping her off before it killed the business. It made me wonder if someone would blow the whistle here. We certainly don't...
COMING UP FAST: How to Launch a Brand into the Luxury Market
A cachet attaches naturally to the highest quality product lines, but this needs to be nurtured and enhanced by clever promotion. Sheridan Winn cites the case of a bold yacht-making venture. The moody black-and-white photograph shows a low, sleek...
Cutting Room
My debt to three Lib Dem moles; Pizza Express on the rack; campaigning for an earlier Budget; look inside the box first; feelgood factors ... Evan Davis at large. As we see an old year out, I feel I should update some previous items written in this...
EDITORIAL: Welcome to a New Age of Enlightenment
Thinking of a change of career? It's that time of year. You could, apparently, do worse than consider a move to professional football. Even the more modest journeymen toiling in the first division command an average of pounds 175,000 a year. Not a...
First Class Coach
I've been in my job for a few years, and have worked my way up. I'm now next in line for my boss's job as head of department. Trouble is, I'm not sure I really want it. I detect a certain guiltiness in you at contemplating turning down the ostensible...
Football Pays the Penalty
Man United CEO Peter Kenyon has predicted that fewer than half the 92 soccer league clubs will survive the financial crisis besetting English football - a predicament manifested by the sorry state of grounds such as Saltergate (pictured), home of third...
In My Opinion
Chartered Management Institute companion David Thomas, Whitbread's CEO, outlines how the leisure sector is responding to rising consumer demand. Simply put, the majority of us have got less time and more money. Unless, of course, you've recently...
Inside Out
If business is to have a better profile in Britain, we need to rear more flamboyant entrepreneurs - where is the British Bill Gates or Rupert Murdoch? A senior BBC executive opined to me recently that the problem with British business is that we...
MOTOR MOUTH: Aggression on Four Wheels
If Mitsubishi were a person, we would diagnose bi-polar personality disorder. It makes some of the dullest cars that have ever existed. Trades Descriptions should prosecute the Carisma, while even teams of experts cannot decide what the Space Star...
Reality Bites
Research has found that job satisfaction scores differ depending on whether the questionnaire was completed by employees on a Monday or a Friday. Please circle the statement that most closely reflects your own view: i) I love my mum; ii) I like...
State of the Union
Sensible investors have written off the online media sector - which is why it offers good opportunities now, especially in private equity. It 's the great dilemma of the deflation-era investor: what to do with the money. Prices for prime real estate...
TECHKNOW: Pushing the Envelope - Supertrams
Ever since the days of Dick Whittington and his peripatetic cat, the British have been leaving the countryside and heading for the bright lights in search of fame and fortune. So many people are now cramming themselves into our urban centres that newcomers...
The Human Factor
Carly Fiorina's message for the CBI was that boardrooms need to be generating a culture that they'd wish to see operating on the shop floor. Cried Cassio in Shakespeare's Othello: 'Reputation, reputation reputation! Oh, I have lost my reputation.'...
THE MT INTERVIEW BY MATTHEW LYNN: Patricia Hewitt
The DTI's Secretary of State is our most senior female politician. She has endured a rough ride in a department that still struggles for a true identity, but rather than just cheerleading for UK business, she sees her own role in the wider social context....
WEAK AT THE TOP: John Weak's Diary
SATURDAY Rugby trip cancelled due to call from Sir Marcus summoning me to an emergency board meeting. As far as I'm concerned, asking people to work weekends is like shooting someone after they've surrendered. Was in foul mood by the time I got...
What's Your Problem?
STRATEGY FOR WINNING A PAY RISE Q: I know I'm underpaid for what I do, yet my employer won't hear me out. I've now seen a competitor and been offered a job with a vastly increased salary. Can I use this as a bargaining chip for a pay rise with my...
Who Cares Wins
Boardrooms are abuzz with talk of corporate social responsibility. Yet attempting to establish a working definition of CSR is like nailing jelly to the ceiling. Get it right, though, and everyone could win - you, the company, society and the planet....