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Articles from April 1

A Place for Our Emotions
Successful bosses must feel as well as think, for strategy stands a much better chance of success when managers' hearts are invested in the job. Mr Brown, I'm sorry. (No, not the chancellor but Richard Brown, managing partner of Cognosis Consulting.)...
Behind the Spin
The dilemma Where have all the good times gone for Gap? In its 1990s heyday, no self-respecting e-trepreneur would be seen meeting his VC partner in the Valley without a pair of Gap's trademark khakis. The San Francisco-based retailer was admired...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Johnson Matthey from Gold to Green
Second place in the latest Most Admired Company poll (presented by MT in association with Mercer Human Resource Consulting) was a pleasant surprise. But the firm, a leader in catalytic converters, has been quietly turning its knowledge of precious...
Chartered Management Institut: In My Opinion
Chartered Management Institute companion Sir Christopher Fox argues that for major technolgical change, public-sector leaders must learn to delegate decision-making. Arecent CMI research report, Business Leadership of Technological Change, should...
Crash Course in ... Setting the Budget
The FD tells you that operational spending was 20% over budget last year and capital expenditure went through the roof. But there's been a splurge on office carpets and sofas lately as departments resolve to use it rather than lose it. And as the bean-counters...
First-Class Coach
Q: I have a problem in that one of my members of staff, who is Asian, isn't very good at her job. I want to give her critical feedback, but I am worried that I will be accused of racism. A: This is a potentially incendiary issue and one that must...
Get Engaged
In today's lean business, committed employees who go the extra mile help the company get to the winning tape first. So how do you encourage them, asks Emma De Vita. Everyone wants you to get engaged these days. And we don't mean settling down with...
Juniper Is Everybody's Friend
Tony Juniper of Friends of the Earth really has his place in the sun at the moment (and we can be sure he's surrounded by solar panels to put all those valuable rays to good use). He has come a long way since the bad old days when nobody wanted to...
MT Masterclass
Monetisation What is it? How restrained. 'For f***'s sake!' might be a more reasonable introduction. If you haven't heard of monetisation, do add it to your meetings bingo card, because it should count for a triple-word score when it comes up in...
MT the Sharp End: Exterminator for a Day
Rats, mice, cockroaches in the house? Rhymer Rigby scans the skirting boards. I've always had a soft spot for Rentokil. In a world where organisations pour millions into mindless monikers (Centrica, Consignia, anyone?), this name is a rare piece...
On the Road
The Fiat Panda 100HP's dinky wheels and fat tyres lend this baby the belligerent stance of a little tyke. A Fiat Panda with blacked-out glass for its rear-seat passengers? That's almost as hopeful as a callow youth wearing Lynx aftershave and expecting...
Sir David Varney: If I Had to Start Again
I was at Shell for 28 years, but I wouldn't go back to the energy industry. I've sucked as much juice out of that as I can. I'd look now at the industry that's emerging around quality of life. There's so much research at the moment on medical technology...
Sync and Swim
'Data pools' are enabling suppliers to make their product details and schedules available to customers globally. Manufacturers may struggle to share up-to-date information, but a synchronised effort is vital for keeping supply chains flexible. Ron...
Table Talk: Where Timothy Richards Eats
There are times when I have a lot of business lunches, then I get worn out and spend time in the gym. I've been going to La Trompette since I established our office in Chiswick in 2000. We tended to eat in small sandwich shops until we had a little...
The MT Diary: Howard Davies
Dodging Zimmer frames in Las Vegas; Charles Clarke's after-Blair speech; Amato regrets. I suppose the excuse might be that it was off season. Nonetheless, Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas seemed an odd place for America's business schools to hold their...
The MT Interview: Tony Juniper
Thanks to vanishing ice-caps and inconvenient truths, the boss of Friends of the Earth is suddenly the hottest corporate date in town. But he's no PR pushover. He wants to see reponsible change in company attitudes and can spot greenwash a mile off....
The Next Big Thing
Suckers for fashionable management fixes and fancies, businesspeople don the latest 'thinking' like a new outfit. They might feel better, but does it suit them? Stefan Stern reports. What's the big idea? Is there a big idea - or just a series of...
What's Your Problem?
You may find your assistant so obnoxious that you don't give a fig But you still should. Q: I've just taken a new position, which I have to say is my dream job. But I can't abide the assistant I've inherited. How can I go about getting rid of them?...
Your Route to the Top Control Your Temper
Find the source. If your boss makes you angry when she demands unexpected use of your time, arrange a few minutes to discuss what she expects from you. You'll like her much more when you're working on your own terms. Put it into perspective. Make...
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