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Articles from September 30

10 Reasons to Be Cheerful
As the ill winds of the financial crisis sweep across the Atlantic and around the world, they will surely blow some good. A few of us might even benefit from the chaos. MT brings you the upside of the downturn. An end to tedious dinner-party conversations...
Are You What You Do?
How much of ourselves do we put into our job? Some define themselves by their career. For others, the daily role-play must be offset by an escape into something else. Dave Waller examines our shifting work expectations. I am a trifle, a brownie,...
Behind the Spin: Home Retail Group
The dilemma You may not have heard of Home Retail Group, but you've surely made a trip or two to its retail chains Homebase and Argos. Both are struggling. Releasing its Q2 figures last month, HRG said Argos had posted its worst quarterly sales...
Bollywood Dreams
Kishore Lulla is a spotlight-shunning movie mogul who has made a fortune distributing Indian films worldwide. Now he's making another one as a high-grossing producer, and has Hollywood in his sights. Paul Arnott reports. Anyone who really knows...
Crash Course In. Managing Stress
You've just asked one of your teams to carry out a simple little task; one team member did an impression of the Large Hadron Collider and another burst into tears. Quite a few of your people have been looking like they're close to breaking point. It's...
Death of the Bollocking
Time was when anyone who slacked off, back-pedalled, loafed around or otherwise failed to add value at work knew they were in for a good old-fashioned telling-off from the boss. It cleared the air and allowed everyone to get on with the task in hand....
Decisions: Ian Pegler - Little Chef - CEO of the 50-Year-Old Roadside Diner
MY BEST... I learned a lot from M&S - it gave me a grounding in holistic management. It looked after its people and this was really important, because if you value people then they value you and they give you a much better performance. M&S...
Editorial: All in the Soup Together
Well, that was the month that was. September 2008 was 30 days most of us will wish to forget. And not just those who work - or worked - at HBOS, Lehman's or AIG. We're all in the soup together, facing an indefinite spell that will be markedly lacking...
First-Class Coach
Q: Our CEO instituted a mentoring programme after everyone agreed that it would be a good idea. But I've lost enthusiasm for the project. Not only does it consume a lot of my time, but I'm not getting anything back from the deal. I have enough to do...
If I Had to Start Again. Mike Turner
I'd have fancied being a footballer. I played inside right, but I wasn't quick enough. Instead, I did 22 jobs in 42 years at BAE Systems There was one very hot summer in the paint shop that I'll never forget. I wouldn't change anything about my...
In My Opinion: Chartered Management Institute
Alan Coppin, chairman of Redstone and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, insists that responsible business is as important as ever in tough economic times. Not long ago, it was only the ultra-politically correct fringe who dared...
MBA & Business Education Guide 2008: How an MBA Changed My Life
After starting his weekend MBA course, Julian Bailey, a senior producer at the BBC, soon found himself contributing to strategic projects in the broadcaster's business unit. Reputation management was the area he got most excited about - and that led...
MBA & Business Education Guide 2008: The Other Two 'R's - Rigour and Relevance
In their struggle for academic respectability, business schools have set up a system of peer-group review through learned journals. This 'extreme research' offers faculty a path to promotion and funding, but most execs just don't understand it. KAI...
Motor Mouth
Nice drive and fabulous stereo, but the restyled Honda Accord Tourer feels distinctly out of breath, says Sathnam Sanghera. One can supposedly get the measure of a job candidate by the way they treat a restaurant waiter during an interview; ascertain...
MT Masterclass: Product Placement
What is it? What on earth, you may ask - perhaps typing your thoughts out on an iPhone or a BlackBerry or a Toshiba laptop - is product placement all about? But by now you'll have worked it out, since we're all increasingly familiar with the stealthy...
The MT Diary
A rehabilitated Rwanda has banned ethnic references, the French - and plastic bags. September is quite a good time to visit Rwanda, before the rainy season sets in. It wouldn't be right to say that, before I went to Kigali, everything I knew about...
The MT Interview: Willie Walsh
MT joined the energetic but approachable British Airways chief executive on a trip to Tanzania. Despite the gruesome prospect of a meltdown in the airline industry, he was keeping a long-term promise to show his commitment to a pounds 25m investment....
The Power of Cogitation
In his final piece for MT, our columnist plants a challenging idea. Why should politics have all the think-tanks? Business needs one of its own. Thinking has had a pretty good press over the past few centuries. Ever since Descartes declared 'Cogito...
The Sharp End: Depository of Dreams
A day's shift at a fulfilment house rekindles childhood yearnings in Dave Waller. I'm holding a letter from Peter. He has written to Andrex, requesting two cuddly puppies. The previous letter was from Deirdre. She wanted a bean puppy. I feel like...
What's Your Problem?
Q: When I was in my twenties, I watched my friends being sucked into jobs that utterly consumed them in big corporations that just seemed to make them miserable. I was happy to drift and work in jobs that didn't require me to do crazy hours. Now, in...
What's Your Problem?
Q: I recently instigated a grievance procedure against a senior manager after enduring years of mistreatment, culminating in an incident when he humiliated me in front of his staff. After several weeks, the management team ruled in my favour. I assured...
Your Route to the Top: Be a Trusted Adviser
Choose wisely. You can't be everything to everyone, so find out who makes the decisions before focusing your efforts. No-one is born a trusted adviser - earning trust takes time. Surpass yourself. Woody Allen quipped that '95% of success is just...
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