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Articles from May 1

Bodice-Ripping Recession Busters
Mills & Boon has always thrived in harsh times, when more people need a romantic read to banish grim reality. But the Anglo-Canadian publisher (founded 1908) leaves nothing to economic chance, finding digital pathways to a global readership. Rhymer...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: The Value of Reputation
A recent trust survey confirmed that management has lost public respect. It's not just individual businesses in the firing line, but business itself. MT brought together Most Admired leaders and other practitioners to debate the issue of how to hang...
Chartered Management Institute: In My Opinion
Dame Mary Marsh, director of the Clore Social Leadership Programme and a Chartered Management Institute Companion, urges third-sector leaders to grasp the opportunities that arise in the recession. For charities, community organisations and social...
Crash Course in ... Closing a Business Down
You're fighting to survive in the recession, but starting to wonder if the end is in sight for your business. What next? Look ahead. Make sure you're aware of the medium to long-term picture, says Martin Austin, a director of business adviser Tenon....
Critical List
GENERAL MOTORS The wheels have fallen off the car giant, and may soon be bouncing around Motor City. The US Treasury gave GM a dollars 13.4bn fuel injection in December, only to refuse the car-maker's request to raise it to dollars 30bn. Instead,...
Decisions: Neil Norman, Human Recognition Systems, Founder and CEO of the Biometric Systems Integrator
MY BEST ... One of the best things that happened to me was being expelled from school at 17. It was for a silly prank call to a couple of teachers. It exposed me to the biggest risk at that age that I possibly could have experienced - and I found...
Dedicated Follower of Fashion
At 11, Nicholas Coleridge thought a journalistic career would be an enjoyable doss; 40 years on, the Old Etonian is running Conde Nast UK with increased circulation, headcount and profits. He believes his beautiful products will beat the web any day....
Editorial: Where Is Your Reputation?
During this recession, anyone who believes the damage done to the reputation of business is confined to the banks and the financial sector is kidding themselves. PR firm Edelman's annual Trust Barometer, published in January, found that almost two-thirds...
First-Class Coach
The morale of the leader always has a direct impact on how the rest of the company feels. Q: I started a small, dynamic company seven years ago and sold out to a bigger group last year. I find having to fit in with their systems and bureaucracy...
If I Had to Start Again ... Miles Templeman
I could have gone into film production when I worked at Young & Rubicam. I loved that side of advertising and I'm good at working with creative people. But I chose the account executive route - which led naturally to management. After studying...
Masterclass: Shareholder Value
What is it? Who owns public (ie, listed) companies? The shareholders. So who are these companies really working for? Not the customers, the staff, the suppliers or the wider community. No: a board director's 'fiduciary duty' is to create wealth...
MCA Management Awards 2009: A Positive Force for the Economy
Plenty of people assumed that management consultancy would be off the agenda once the credit crunch turned into a full-scale recession. Isn't consultancy 'discretionary spend'? But for many companies and organisations, the opposite seems to be true....
MCA Management Awards 2009: Best Private Sector Project and Winner, Change Management in the Private Sector Category
KPMG WITH APACS The time it takes to clear cheques and other payments has been a longstanding gripe among personal and business banking customers. Under pressure from the Office of Fair Trading and the Treasury, the UK banking industry had pledged...
MCA Management Awards 2009: Best Public Sector Project and Winner, Operational Performance in the Public Sector Category
ATOS CONSULTING WITH NHS SOUTH CENTRAL Making an impact in an organisation of the complexity of the NHS is about as easy as trying to gain control of a small country. Yet a team from Atos Consulting figured out a way of helping NHS South Central...
MCA Management Awards 2009: Best Small Firm and Winner, Customer Engagement Category
PROPAGANDA WITH SEABROOK CRISPS The Best Small Firm Award is given to the best entry made by a small firm (under 50 full-time consultants) across the 11 remaining categories after the Platinum Award has been made. If you're of a certain age and...
MCA Management Awards 2009: Business Strategy Winner
NAVIGANT CONSULTING WITH TESCO PERSONAL FINANCE SERVICES They say fortune favours the brave, but launching a bank? In a credit crunch? Still, having established a successful personal finance business 10 years ago as a joint venture with the Royal...
MCA Management Awards 2009: Change Management in the Public Sector Winner
HAY GROUP WITH THE GENERAL TEACHING COUNCIL It's hard enough to raise the standard of teaching in just one school - ask any head teacher. But what if you're responsible for improving the teaching provided to 8 million students by half a million...
MCA Management Awards 2009: Human Resources Winner
DELOITTE WITH THOMSON REUTERS Good relationships are founded on give and take, and it's as true in the world of business as in marriage. But when Canadian information publisher Thomson acquired UK-based Reuters in 2007 for dollars 18bn - the largest...
MCA Management Awards 2009: Innovation Winner
DIGITAL PUBLIC WITH THE DCSF You don't get an easy ride in the press if you're a teenage dad. And in some cases, the criticism is justified. Yet academic research shows that the education, behaviour and even health of kids with teenage parents improve...
MCA Management Awards 2009: International Winner
CSC WITH UK BORDER AGENCY From Taipei to Islamabad and Jamaica to Mumbai, the world comes to this little island of Britain. And many come seeking to stay for more than just a holiday. Around 2.75 million visa applications are received each year...
MCA Management Awards 2009: Operational Performance in the Private Sector Winner
TRINITY HORNE WITH EIRCOM Eircom is Ireland's leading fixed-line telecoms company with 1.2 million customers, and its main internet service provider. But in just five years, the firm has undergone three changes of ownership and experienced a number...
MCA Management Awards 2009: Outsourcing Consultancy Winner
DELOITTE WITH UNILEVER Innovation and outsourcing - not two words you expect to see in the same sentence. But that's what was required of Deloitte when Unilever explained that it wanted to sell, rather than set up, two shared service centres in...
MCA Management Awards 2009: Platinum Award Winner and Winner, Environment Category
DELOITTE WITH TRANSPORT FOR LONDON. The Platinum Award is given to the outstanding entry across all 12 categories in the MCA Management Awards 2009. The winner of all winners took the award in the Environment category. Many millions of tourists...
MCA Management Awards 2009: Project Summaries of the Finalists
BUSINESS STRATEGY - Accenture with Oxfam India Merging six Oxfam affiliates to create a single Oxfam India capable of managing dollars 20m of programmes was the challenge accepted and met by Accenture Development Partnerships - an international...
MCA Management Awards 2009: Sponsors' Profiles
The Management Consultancies Association (MCA) is the representative body for management consultancy firms in the UK. A positive force for the economy, the MCA is integral to the industry, engaging with key industry stakeholders, producing industry...
MCA Management Awards 2009: Technology Winner
ARUP WITH BAA Heathrow airport, it's fair to say, has its critics. So when, back in the mid-1990s, BAA began planning a fifth terminal, its vision was of a building that didn't feel like an airport terminal. Instead, it wanted one that conveyed...
Motor Mouth
Long the wheels of choice for show-off City boys, Porsche's 911 held no allure for Sathnam Sanghera - until the Carrera 2 roared up. If there's anything that's going to ensure this car thing of mine remains a part-time pursuit, it's my inability...
The MT Interview: David Smith
It's a torrid time to be in charge of any car company, let alone a niche maker of luxury models like Jaguar Land Rover. Its CEO is a former Ford Europe finance head who helped sell the firm to Tata of India and now finds himself in the driving seat....
The Sharp End: Hotel Doorman for a Day
It's hard on the feet, but Rhymer Rigby likes the job's meet-and-greet social side. My day as a doorman started badly. I went to the wrong door - the one at the Marriott County Hall, occupying the impressively large former seat of the Greater London...
This Unfair Advantage
What price should be paid for a stay-at-home spouse? And is it an equitable means of aiding your climb up the greasy pole? There's a general consensus that those who can should work. The Protestant work ethic strongly influences our attitudes, and...
Toast of the Town
Gail Rebuck is the latest winner of Veuve Clicquot's celebrated Business Woman of the Year accolade. Emma de Vita meets half a dozen of its 36 title-holders. In the elegant, sun-filled ballroom of Veuve Clicquot's London office are six of its Business...
What Is HR Really For?
Caught up with cost-cutting measures and making redundancies, the corporate 'people' department is in danger of becoming a bureaucratic pariah. So how can it eliminate the negative - the black humour and the resentment? Stefan Stern shows the way forward...
What's Your Problem?
Q: I work in a company of 12 people. Times are really hard at the moment but because everyone has pulled together, we're doing okay. The problem is one of my team members, who has just returned from nine months' maternity leave to tell me that she...
Your Route to the Top: Cope with Overload
Take a moment. When a colleague dashes in with five new 'number one priority' projects, it's tempting to panic and leap straight into action. Stop. It may seem like a waste of precious minutes, but forming a plan will save you crucial time later...
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