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Articles from March 3

Books: And Now, the End Is near, and So I Face the Final Curtain
The best-organised CEOs often view their own succession as too personal a topic and fail to tackle the task. Kevin Kelly hails a book that hits the nail on the head. I'd like to see a pie chart showing the contribution of leadership books to deforestation....
Books: An Old-Fashioned Uncle at Your Elbow
This seasoned globetrotter knows business well, but he hands out the obvious among the nuggets, says Nigel Nicholson. Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty: The new rules for getting the right things done in difficult times Ram Charan...
Books: Not Bad for a Hippie Dropout
Creator of the Macintosh and the iPod, Apple is a pivotal US company. Its leader is a tantalisingly elusive figure, well captured by Leander Kahney, says Steve Moore. The Mac is 25 years old this year. Steve Jobs did well in the '80s and '90s (at...
Chartered Management Institute: In My Opinion
Gideon Franklin, a Chartered Management Institute Companion and a managing director at Mizuho International plc, argues that the Japanese ability to cope with shocks offers lessons for UK leaders. Japanese people thrive on shocks. Japan recovered...
Crash Course in ... Marketing in a Recession
Times are hard, and all your budgets are under review. Marketing looks a tempting target; is it an indulgence in this time of austerity? Or should you just be thinking more clearly about where you focus your effort? Keep spending if you can. 'This...
Decisions: John Woodward - Busy Bees Group; Co-Founder and Group Chief Executive of the Nursery Chain
MY BEST... At the time, our investors were very circumspect, because childcare vouchers were taxable, but I believed that this might change. We were lucky - the Government made them non-taxable in 2005, and we became the largest voucher provider...
Don't You Believe It ... in a Downturn, Discounting Works
You've probably long since recovered from Christmas by now, but many retailers haven't. Even those who avoided the fate of Woolworths, Zavvi, Land of Leather et al and remained in business had little reason for festive cheer. The frenzy of heavy discounting...
First-Class Coach
Q: I've got quite a senior role but have been told I won't progress in the organisation because occasionally I get angry when I see people doing stupid things. Since I only do it when others are making mistakes, I don't see why I should be blamed....
Great Escapes
As the financial cyclone was silently gathering, six self-made entrepreneurs plotted their exit - and slipped away with a massive payoff. Was it judgment or jamminess, asks Rhymer Rigby. What it is to have timed it just right. We all know someone...
How to Be Chairman
With the former chairmen of some of the UK's major institutions in disgrace, the role of the top job in public enterprises is under scrutiny like never before. Far from being benign or restraining, their influence brought catastrophe for both their...
If I Had to Start Again ... Josephine Fairley
I'm a world-class shopper, and would have loved running a shop where I could sell things I've found all over the world. But I have a leaf-in-the-wind approach to work. I'm very open to other people's ideas of what I can do. I never planned to go into...
Is GM Back?
Energetic campaigners have kept it off the European menu for the past decade, but the pressures of recession, climate change and population growth are forcing even sceptics to reconsider GM food. Not before time, says Andrew Saunders. Just under...
MBA & Business Education Guide: Spring 2009 - Back to School?
Many MBA providers report a rise in demand for their courses as executives, fearful for their employment prospects in a downturn, seek to boost their credentials and market value. But will the better jobs be there? Philip Delves Broughton seeks the...
Motor Mouth
In an executive sector where every car resembles the BMW 3 series, the Citroen C6 is magnifique, says Sathnam Sanghera. In January's MT, I reviewed the revamped Mercedes ML, remarking that in the current environment, acquiring a big, expensive,...
MT Masterclass: Customer Experience
What is it? We never used to worry about words like 'experience' when it came to buying and selling. Satisfied customers were all we really thought about - there was no need to get inside their heads. How primitive that approach seems now. In the noisy,...
On the Slab: Waterford Wedgwood
After six years of operating losses, the Anglo-Irish tableware manufacturer went into administration in January with debts of EUR450m Until then, it had been bankrolled to the tune of EUR400m via a series of rights issues by its non-exec chairman Sir...
Programmed for Recovery
Smart CIOs realise that there's a lot more to surviving a downturn than cutting costs and waiting for the storm to pass. A bold IT strategy can boost productivity today as well as laying the foundations for growth when the upturn comes. Paul Fisher...
Tax Havens under Attack
Governments, cash-strapped as never before, are looking to claw back billions in unpaid tax from offshore regimes that hide away secret fortunes. Public opinion may be in favour, but are they justified in doing so, and is it necessarily in their interests?...
The MT Diary
Can Walker fix the boardroom?; Chinese PM gets shoe'd; Putin's personal iron curtain. Well, that'll learn David Walker not to write smart letters to the newspapers. He dropped a line to the Financial Times in December about banks' boards of directors....
The MT Interview: Luke Johnson
As chairman of Channel 4 battling for its publicly funded future, he confirms his versatility. An FT columnist too, he built his fortune as an irascible loner through a portfolio of big-brand restaurant chains. He's a mellow family man now, but he'll...
There Is No Time for Despair
You're can't attend any gathering these days - dinner party, conference or bus shelter - without hearing the Fourth Estate receive a good kicking. I attended a conference last month at which the media took a savage shoeing from a senior ad man for...
The Sharp End: Car Sales Crash Course
Combing his Swiss Toni quiff, Dave Waller rattles round a Cornish forecourt. With the car industry apparently heading for the scrapheap, it's time I gave this ailing sector a jump-start by selling a few motors. I can see it now: 'Check out the exhaust...
Tone Comes from the Top
Britain's business leaders should take their cue from President Obama by telling all stakeholders the unvarnished truth. In an inauguration speech of wintry clarity, President Obama indicated a clear break with the discredited policies of his predecessor,...
What's Your Problem?
Q: Until recently, I had a lucrative career as an IT consultant But since the beginning of the year, my earnings have all but dried up. I'm anxious about the situation, but my wife, who is an HR director, has been able to go from working part-time...
What's Your Problem?
Q: I'm a graphic designer just out of university. I've been pitching for work and getting constantly rejected without being told why. I'm now demoralised and also incredibly frustrated, as I just don't know what I'm doing wrong. Is it okay for me to...
Your Route to the Top: Managing Change
Start with yourself. Consultant William Bridges says: 'It isn't the changes that do you in, it's the transitions.' In other words, problems lie not in the new role or structure but in how you adjust. The better you manage your own transition, the easier...
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