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Articles from April

Balancing Act Fashion Designer
Managing a business, a family and an exercise regime is hard, as Margaret Howell knows well, but having survived the trickiest times, the designer is now in better shape than ever 'Sometimes I think I might have enjoyed being able to bring up the...
Blackhurst's Diary
In which our diarist diagnoses the cause of Bob Ayling's fall at BA, commiserates with under-appreciated inventor Willy Johnson and confesses his sins as a tipster THE STABILISER THAT AYLING LACKED While they were colleagues at British Airways,...
Britain's 50 Most Powerful Women
New entries in the MT power list reveal how the digital economy is enhancing the role of women. They've won clout too in politics, the professions and in the media. And if there's a lack of female chief executives, Marjorie Scardino remains a persuasive...
BT Cellnet Business Monitor
E-commerce: What does it mean for your business? How do you feel about purchasing online? Is your business ready to embrace e-commerce or are you waiting to see how the market develops? Phone in with your response to the following to register your...
Crash Course Developing Web Presence
You've taken the plunge, opted to join the digerati, and hired some very hip-looking types with goatee beards and glasses to build your company a web site. It's up-and-running, you're online at last, and it looks great. The trouble is, nobody's visiting....
Don't Bank on Internet Success
A new rule of business seems to be that only those online will survive. But there is more to e-commerce then just pouring money into your company web site The lunatic, irresponsible internet gold rush so deplored by sane, respectable captains of...
Employing a Professional Ceo
DILEMMA: My business is profitable, but in chaos. We're all exhausted and tempers are frayed. I just can't manage it myself any more. I'm thinking of employing a professional chief executive. ISSUES: Although highly professional visionary leaders...
Esther Dyson's Update
'I made a mistake.' With those words Kevin O'Connor, founder and CEO of DoubleClick, the net's biggest supplier of advertising banners, attempted to reclaim his company's good standing. DoubleClick's 'mistake' was its plans to match anonymous data...
First Class Coach
My employees have given disappointing feedback on the external courses they have attended. The company we use has a good reputation but seems insufficiently focused for our particular business. Would it be worthwhile taking our training in-house and...
Heroes and Villains of Britain's Self-Made
An MT/Baker Tilly survey reveals that our owner-managers find the Government unhelpful and Brussels interfering. And family support beats professional help. Although there is no such thing as a stereotypical entrepreneur, one thing these enterprising...
How Joined-Up Got Dressed Up
The Government tries to persuade us that, with departmental cooperation, it has a new way to run things. Yet there are plenty of precedents By the time this is published, one hopes, the horrors of Mozambique will, along with the floods, have subsided....
Idle or a Question of Motivation?
To the outside world, you appeal sluggish and lazy. But it's the drive you lack, not energy. Read on to find ways out of your slump A few years ago now! sacked a senior executive because he was, well, bone idle. Naturally, I told him why he was...
In My Opinion
Sir Peter Parker, chairman of the DTI's National Languages for Export Campaign and Institute of Management companion, says learn a language or suffer Show me a company, large or small, with a language policy and I will show you a company with a...
Lessons from Web Alley
AS DORLING KINDERSLEY negotiates the likely end of independence, it is sad to reflect on the decline of a company once held up as Britain's best hope in digital new-media business. Over the past four years Dorling Kindersley's share price has dropped...
Letters
E FOR EXCELLENT I thoroughly enjoyed your new e-25 list (Section e, March), not least because it brought together a fine sample of Britain's most fiercely competitive internet entrepreneurs. With thousands of daily site launches rapidly crowding...
Malcolm Miller
With his gruff exterior, beefing brow and four-day stubble, he is often read as a low-key clone of Sir Alan Sugar. But the former Mr Arctic Roll, rescuer of Sega Europe and reinventor of Pace Micro has long since escaped the shadow of his former mentor...
Motor Mouth Young at Heart
How do you know you are having a mid-life crisis? Well, Popes appear younger for one, but another reliable indicator is that you no longer understand popular music - the DNA fires its irrevocable switches and, against your conscious will, one day you...
Net Heads
NAME CHARLES WALKER POSITION MANAGING DIRECTOR, LYCOS UK & IRELAND WEB SITE WWW.LYCOS.CO.UK Charles Walker is MD of Lycos UK & Ireland, the net portal that advertises itself with the friendly black labrador which is told to 'Go get...
Room for Equality in the E-World Rufus Olins
The speed and relentless impact of the technological revolution is brought home again as we present our list of the most powerful women in Britain. Three of their number who last year were not even on the list of 50 are now among the top 20 -- Martha...
Situations Vacant but No Takers
'Help wanted' signs are commonplace in the US. They may soon be hitting these shores too, if current employment trends continue An interesting event will soon occur in Britain's job market. For the first time in three decades the number of vacancies...
Smart Cookies Look beyond the Numbers
In the absence of earnings, dot.coms are valued on revenue and number of customers -- but customer quality will count for more than quantity Why worry about this now? The e-business world seems to have just discovered the concept of a customer...
Speaking Out: Margaret Jay
LEADER OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS AND MINISTER FOR WOMEN Take 70 women and a handful of men. Put them under the Institute of Public Policy Research umbrella, ask Polly Toynbee, Margaret Jay and Mary Francis to speak and you have a recipe for motherhood...
Taking on All Dot.Comers
Geoffrey Owen savours a history of the world's largest and fastest-growing e-tailer and discovers that, for once, there is substance behind the hype The US used to be regarded as the home of short-termism, with companies under pressure to increase...
The Amazing Adventures of David Potter
Positioned at the intersection of phone and computer technology, Psion is preparing to launch net-ready mobiles as it is annointed as a new FTSE-100 entry. As part of a powerful global alliance ranged against Microsoft, it is no ordinary company --...
The Secrets of a Negotiator
Peter Bennett-Jones was destined to be a barrister but, sweetly sidetracked, found himself representing Rowan Atkinson and then a handful of major TV talents. He is such a natural that he follows the rules of the game intuitively. Make him an offer...
Vital Signs Join the Art Club
Art is businesslike. It helps businesses. And it helps business people. Art can be part of your personal trajectory plan, your drive to greatness. It wasn't always like that. Time was, art sort of topped and tailed people's working lives. They might...
Weak at the Top
MONDAY Sir Marcus (CEO) reminded me that e-commerce was the new way to market. And there was me thinking e-commerce is how we do business with Yorkshire. He demanded a demonstration of our web site by end of week (lucky for me he can't operate a...
What's Your Problem?
FIGHT TO THE DEATH Four months ago, the owner of the company of which I am MD gave staff an 'all-pull-together' speech. The workforce, who are extremely loyal, have put in long hours and make little fuss. So I was horrified to discover that the...
WHO IS 'Slicker'
The phrase 'the devil is in the detail' could have been coined for the writer behind one of the most feared bylines in print. 'If there are that many facts, it must be true,' says this most investigative of journalists. Dominic Prince goes on the trail...
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