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Articles from December 1

A Year of Living Dangerously
Well, this is one year few of us will be sad to see the back of. In August, apart from the rain, things didn't seem so bad. We had our foot on the brake, but it was all looking like a gentle slow-down, with a sensible correction of house prices, a...
Behind the Spin: Nokia
THE DILEMMA Di-di-dee-dee, di-di-dee-dee, di-di-dee-dee-deee. 'Hello? Hello!' shouts Dom Joly into his oversized Nokia. Which other mobile phone-maker can claim to be the inspiration for a comedy sketch? It comes as a surprise to learn that Nokia,...
Books of the Year
MT asked two book-loving business figures to share their favourite reads of 2008... ROGER PARRY - INSPIRATION COMES FROM STRANGE PLACES The great attraction of a book is the control it gives to the reader It's available any time and anywhere....
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Tough Times Turn Tables
It's a case of patience rewarded for Diageo. It reaps the benefits of more than a decade spent driving its brands upmarket, while past champions plummet in an economy that has hit the skids as we enter a new age of austerity. It has been a topsy-turvy...
Chartered Management Institute: In My Opinion
A downturn is just the time for creativity and innovation, argues Jonathan Kestenbaum, CEO of the National Endowment of Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta), and a Chartered Management Institute Companion. A major economic downturn evokes a...
Crash Course in ... Rewarding People in a Downturn
As 2008 draws to a close, your people's excitement about their end-of-year bonuses is tempered by low expectations and apprehension that this might be the last bonus they see in a while. With 2009 looking bleak, how are you going to work out what to...
Don't You Believe It ... Always Hire the Best
When it comes to engaging new staff, the prevailing wisdom is clear: you should only ever hire top-quality people. But you don't have to think very hard about this premise - beloved of consultants, academics and journalists - to realise that it can't...
George W Bush: If I Had to Start Again
I followed my dad to Yale, and majored in history. I served my country in the National Guard, and took an MBA at Harvard. But I soon got my shot at baseball. In 1989 I arranged for a syndicate to buy the Texas Rangers from one of my dad's friends....
Let Women Tame the Macho Excess
The City has always been a male preserve, fired up by a testosterone-enhanced culture. A healthier gender balance might have avoided the crash. Emma De Vita reports. It's typical: the men make the mess and the women come in to clean it up, joked...
Motor Mouth
The VW Scirocco is back. Sathnam Sanghera makes a song and dance about the GT's chrome twin tailpipe and sporty engine. I've been writing this column for more than a year now and have asked for very little, beyond the monthly delivery of a vehicle...
MT Masterclass: Selling
What is it? Look, I know things are bad right now, but do you really have to ask that? OK - let's get back to basics. Capitalism is about buying and selling: offering something of value that a purchaser is prepared to hand over cash for, where a genuine...
Table Talk: Where Will Chase Eats
Le Manoir is oozing with very sharp, relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere. It's not just the food, it's the experience: it's how it is run and how they react to you - a very interesting place. I first went there with someone who wanted me to buy shares...
The End for Alpha Males
In the buccaneering times, they were kings of the dealmaking jungle. But in a recession we deserve more thoughtful leadership. Times are tough in the corporate world and are likely to get tougher - the recession will prove painful and prolonged...
The MT Interview: Sir Gulam Noon
The Indian-born entrepreneur made his reputation as the Curry King, supplying own-label ready meals to supermarkets - and nearly lost it when he got enmeshed in Labour's cash-for-honours row. At 72, he's still working, championing Noon Products for...
The Sharp End: Festive Fun in Store?
Dave Waller sees the seasonal game-plan rolled out at John Lewis' flagship branch. For me, there's nowhere more harrowing to work than Oxford Street during the Christmas rush. But as a raw recruit about to enter the fray, my spirits are buoyed by...
What's Your Problem?
Q: I'm in the unpleasant position of needing to negotiate down the costs of my suppliers. I have a small company and longstanding, friendly relationships with them all, often meeting them in the local pub. I am dreading doing this but necessity dictates....
What's Your Problem?
Q: I've been made redundant from a headhunter's, where I have spent most of my career. I'm fortunate that I am in my early thirties and can rely on my husband's income for the short term. I'm considering using this break as an opportunity to try a...
Why Business Is Like. Traffic Calming
Accidents on London's Kensington High Street were almost halved last year with one counterintuitive act: removing the road safety features. It turns out that the barriers designed to protect pedestrians were only making life more dangerous. Motorists...
Your Route to the Top: Charm Your Way Up
Inspire people. Think Martin Luther King. Appeal to people's emotions by showing them how it could be if only they dared to dream Your optimism will pull people in. Share your passion. If you can't find enthusiasm, find an angle. Link the new performance-management...
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