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Articles from January 1

Beware the Dragon Bearing Gifts
While China is investing billions in Africa, it is also busily extracting its precious natural resources, with scant regard for workers' safety, and undercutting local producers with low-grade goods Many are now questioning if the east's involvement...
Career Masterclass: Love the Job You're In
- Be proactive. Don't wait for the best projects to come to you. If the CEO's new initiative gets your adrenaline pumping, get involved. If you can't find a project that excites you, create one. - Find fun. Blur the work/life boundaries. Is a challenging...
Crash Course in ... Dealing with a Cash Flow Crisis
An important customer has just gone bust, you didn't have your eye on the ball, you've got some major bills to pay and unfortunately there's no money in the kitty. Help! Don't run straight to the bank. 'You should never go to the bank and say we...
Don't You Believe It ... Failure Is Not an Option
It's a phrase beloved of tough guy/gal bosses in the Hollywood mould, but what does it mean? If it is merely 'failure would be a really bad thing', then it's just another truism. But mostly it comes freighted with something more dangerous - an element...
From an Ndimugezi Cashbox to Canary Wharf and Back
It's banking, Africa-style: Ugandan loan societies that pay interest to investors, or a mobile phone scheme making 670 million payments in Kenya. Barclays plans to draw on such energy and spin a thread from the City to an pounds 80 loan for fresh veg,...
In My Opinion: Chartered Management Institute
Andy Johnson, an ex-Royal Navy officer and a CMI Companion, on why the value of executive coaching far outweighs the cost. I find it fascinating that, in a world where leaders frequently command six-figure salaries and are held responsible for the...
It's Time to Welcome Back Risk
Our risk portfolio ranges wide in this issue. Londoners took a big risk when they elected Boris Johnson as their mayor. There was a perceived high chance he could prove a disaster - his regime inside the 'glass gonad' disintegrating into a farcical...
Motor Mouth
Where next for in-car technology? The impressive, gadget-laden Jaguar XJ sends Sathnam Sanghera off on a flight of fantasy. There are no dials behind the steering wheel of the new XJ, a car so packed with gadgets that it makes the average Dell look...
MT Learning Curve: Transparent Communication
What is it? This is the 'nothing-up-my-sleeve' school of management: getting as much information out into the open as soon as possible, whether it concerns finances, personnel, strategy or innovation. Some bosses do this for positive reasons. They...
MT People: The Sharp End - Very Fast Food Indeed
Dave Waller tries to keep up with the world's speediest pizza-maker - in Basingstoke I'm off to taste a slice of life at Domino's Pizza. Let's hope the day's crust is stuffed with success, with a side order of not crashing my scooter and ending...
MT Travel: Globetrotter
Keith Evans, MD of Panasonic UK, is a regular on the Osaka run. He enjoys a glass of wine, some peanuts and a bit of Shirley Bassey en route. - How many business miles have you clocked up in how many countries over the past year? About 100,000...
New Year, New Career
Rather than starting 2011 with an unused gym membership or a faddy diet, why not resolve to give your career plan a makeover instead? With the help of our experts, Rebecca Alexander shows you how. YOUR ONE-YEAR PLAN STARTS HERE It's January,...
Party like It's 2011
Companies shouldn't feel that they have to give up corporate entertainment in these austere times: but they do need to get it right. This is the dawning of the age of austerity as the Coalition urges us to batten down the hatches, don the sackcloth...
Risk Taking: Damned If We Do and Damned If We Don't
If heady carelessness brought us to our current pass, the exercise of great caution may not be the way out of it. Entrepreneurs taking calculated risks could be what the doctor ordered. Matthew Gwyther Although it may have been an excess of risk...
The MT Diary
Gordon Brown unaccountably popular; what a coalition carve-up; the Euro dog barks. I had lunch with a bear the other day. We ate frozen arctic fish and elk patties. I washed it down with vodka flavoured with pine cones. The bear said little,...
The MT Interview: Boris Johnson
Beneath the buffoonery and scholarly turn of phrase is a highly intelligent, fiercely ambitious politician, determined to ensure that London is the greatest city in the world. But, although next year's Olympics will give him a place on the global stage,...
Tomorrow's Champions
The banks have got so bad at lending that Luke Johnson is tempted to set one up himself. In the meantime, private 'angels' are making the running in nurturing the next Google. Early last year, I became the largest shareholder in a specialist broker...
What's Your Problem?
Q: I am starting to get itchy feet in my current job and would really like to move - new year, new start and all that. Do you think now's a good time to change jobs, or would I be better waiting until the storm has blown over a bit more? A: It's...
What's Your Problem?
Q: I suffer from recurring depression and anxiety attacks. My condition has never affected my work - until now. I'm going through a particularly bad bout at the moment and the quality of my work is suffering. My manager doesn't seem to have noticed...
You Live and You Learn
I love business. I've loved it all my life. On the last day of school, I wrote that I would be a successful businessman. It's all I've thought about since. The older you get and the wealthier you get, the more complicated life becomes. That's why...
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