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Better Than a Latin Lover
Last year, besides our domestic Explorer, Scenic, Vespa and irritable -- but cute -- little cinquecento, I drove the following cars: Ferrari Modena, Lexus IS200, Hertz Opel Astra Diesel (twice), BMW328, Lexus LS430, BMW M-Coupe, BMW M5, 1965 Citroen...
Butterflies in Bangkok
An overseas despatch from Thailand brings a refreshing view of a wounded Asian tiger that may still be limping but is on the prowl for business again What's Bangkok got to do with butterflies? Grasshopper say: Butterfly flap wing, somewhere in...
Clare Huffington
DIRECTOR, TAVISTOCK CONSULTANCY Leaving an organisation and moving on can be as difficult as any separation, bereavement or loss, however positive and longed for the next step may be. It is often so hard for people that they need to create a crisis...
Cutting Room
Join the pension world's wild bunch; transport slow-coaches; my bank-hopping overdraft; soap opera at the European Central Bank. It's May already and stakeholder pensions have been on sale for three weeks. I'm assuming that all of you who run companies...
Do You Have Enough to Retire?
Get a fat lump sum and never go to work again? If this is your dream it may be time to get real says Simon Hinde. We're all living longer traveling further and buying more, and you may find your fat lump sum turning rapidly into a thin one. Time to...
E-Mail from the Valley
Last spring, when raising funding for Moreover, the web intelligence company that I co-founded, we pitched Benchmark Capital. To anyone outside the world of technology that may not mean much. But the time was April 2000, the place was Sand Hill Road,...
Esther Dyson's Update
Item sold online disappoints buyer. It's an all-too-familiar story and, frighteningly for auction sites like eBay, leaves its customers increasingly drained. Why? Because the buyer/seller disputes may be similar, but disgruntled consumers want specific...
First Class Coach
I've just been made head of department. I think I'm capable of doing the job, but I need my peers and reports to take me seriously. How can I get them to respect me? Respect is an interesting phenomenon: it can be given, it can be earned, but it...
Home Truths
In a world increasingly dominated by politically correct strictures, few in business are happy to dwell for long on the subject of racial and national barriers. You hear the occasional euphemistic reference to 'clashes of culture', but big company...
How Small Businesses Can Win the Sponsoring Game
SMEs may not have mega-millions to toss into the sports and entertainment arena, but by using entrepreneurial flair and initiative, they can make the most of a Limited budget. It's all very well for Nike, with its 13-year sponsorship and marketing...
In My Opinion
Institute of Management companion Peter Ellwood, CEO of Lloyds TSB Group, believes the battle among financial services suppliers for customers will be global UK financial services companies will have to broaden their vision if they are to survive...
Inside Out
One of my favourite pastimes under the Tory government was to tease senior civil servants and ministers about this or that diktat from one of the UK's all-powerful regulators. Mere mention of Cruickshank's mauling of BT, Littlechild's electricity industry...
Ipo Dream Is Over
DILEMMA: Market turbulence has killed the prospect of our IPO. Although this isn't a death knell for the business, it is causing a lot of trouble over our incentive schemes. What should we do: re-base the option schemes, switch rewards back to mostly...
Learning to Love Your Job
Do you whistle while you work? Do you sing a happy tune at your desk? Or do you just curse inwardly while you slog on with the daily drudgery? Work has received a rather negative press in the past few years. It has been blamed for everything from marital...
Lessons from Web Alley
CHEAP 'N' CHEERFUL The list of failed e-tailers reads like a dot.com massacre. The daily report of casualties, usually accompanied by revisionist wisdom of what can and cannot work on the net, makes uncomfortable reading. Never in business history...
MT Letters
AGEING USEFULLY As a member of the over-50s population, I could not agree more with Kenneth MacLennan and Howard Davies about a blend of different ages being key ('Battle of the Ages', MT April). Ten years ago, B&Q opened a store staffed entirely...
Put Your Kids to Good Use
There are a thousand reasons for modern middle-class managerial types not to rear children, For a start, it's terribly expensive -- the schools and the skiing holidays and the piano lessons and the orthodontist and the shoes and the forest of electronic...
Py Gerbeau
EX-CHIEF EXECUTIVE, NEW MILLENNIUM EXPERIENCE COMPANY My personal philosophy is always to move on as soon as I start to feel comfortable in any position. I believe in being constantly stretched at work, and comfort and routine are signs that you...
Setting Up a Joint Venture
Promising opportunities are emerging within your business. You daren't miss out, but you haven't the expertise in-house to exploit this new market. You could hire people with the requisite skills, but they're like gold dust. Or you could buy another...
Sir Alan Sugar
The beard, the grumpiness, the grudges -- the tough-talking founder of Amstrad comes with a reputation. But he saved both Spurs and the Hackney Empire out of sentiment, he sticks with his old chums and likes advising the young. Sweet? Or not...? ...
Speaking Out: Richard Susskind
FUTUROLDGIST Professor Richard Susskind knows about the future. So revered is he that the Lord Chief Justice once turned to him for advice about how IT could help speed up the wheels of justice. So who better to invite to address an august audience...
The Great Leap Forward
China's economic growth is awesome, but a new study warns of failing industrial policies and crisis ahead. Charles Powell is more optimistic Most people would instinctively judge China's economic performance in recent years to be a remarkable success...
The Human Factor
patience wheatcroft IF business success were judged solely by profits, Britain's major banks would be hailed as heroes by the Government. Instead, they are seen as oppressors of the poor and shameless robbers of small businesses. The industry's...
The JOY of WORK
Wicked work gets the blame for most of our ills - it saps our energy, steals our time and erodes our spirit. Nonsense, says Richard Reeves, it's our community, how we identify ourselves. Our attitude to work needs a radical overhaul. How was your...
Weak at the Top
MONDAY Strategic planning week. Sir Marcus is a bit worried about the competition and says if we want to run with the big dogs we've got to get off the porch. With that kind of leadership, strategic planning is virtually unnecessary. Normally I...
What Sells Property
This month, the mating season between house buyer and house seller reaches its climax. Hormones are raging as Gervase the estate agent rushes around playing Cupid. If you're selling, how do you ensure your house or flat isn't left on the shelf? How...
When the Activists Come to Call
Pressure groups hold a cosh over firms Like Huntington Life Sciences, intimidating staff and barracking suppliers, customers and investors. And it's not just those with a connection to animal testing that are at risk. Other single-issue campaigns are...
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