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Articles from May 1

Career Masterclass: Building a Team
Define your direction. Fujifilm's employees were united by a simple aim: 'Kill Kodak'. Develop a mission statement with your team as early as possible. Give people the freedom to work in their own way but set one rule: every action taken, decision...
Company Vitae: Kingfisher
The owner of B&Q, Screwfix and Castorama turns 30 this year and is Europe's largest home improvement retailer. Here's how it first got bitten by the DIY bug. Formative years Although many of its constituent brands are older, Kingfisher...
Contributors
Heather McGregor When McGregor told a friend she was reviewing Sex in the Office, the response was: 'Is it a how-to manual?' It isn't, but the writer of the Mrs Moneypenny column in the FT and founder of search firm Taylor Bennett found eyebrows...
Crash Course in ... Managing Whistleblowers
Your organisation may not have Olympus-sized malpractice to hide, but the story has highlighted the damaging consequences of not listening when the lid is lifted on wrongdoing. So how should you handle whistleblowers? Make your policy clear....
Editorial: Young Guns Must Go for It
Among the expressions of protest emanating from this Age of Austerity - bellows from the rich, groans from the squeezed middle and muted cries from those unlucky enough to be at the bottom - one set of voices that doesn't get heard is the graduate...
Engineering Expansion
Cost cutting has its place, but growth is the only thing that will put the UK's economy back on its feet. That calls for new products, new ideas and a new generation of trained innovators to provide them. Is industry the best source of such talents?...
Finding the Perfect Match
Investment fairs bring together entrepreneurs with a bright idea and potential backers with time and money to spare. The atmosphere is as electric as an episode of Dragons' Den, with life-changing sums of money available for the lucky few. Jeremy Hazlehurst...
First-Class Coach
The most important thing you can do is to flex your leadership style to suit the changed times. Q. We've been through our third wave of redundancies and morale is at rock bottom. Is there anything I can do as a manager to get my team back to the...
Good Times Bad Times: Recession Beaters
The downturn may as well not exist for three very distinctive British companies, which boast strong growth, healthy profits and an expanding international presence. For dog food maker Butcher's Pet Care, a focus on quality rather than price makes all...
Good Times Bad Times: Tough Gig
The economy is stagnant, customers are cash-strapped and new business is scarce. No surprise then that, from high street to high tech, from publishing to fashion, many firms are struggling. So you might think there is not much fun to be had in business...
Hard Times for Our Graduates
Having put in the graft to achieve a degree, new graduates might feel entitled to fulfilment and prosperity. But 20% of them are without work, each graduate job attracts 43 applicants and more than a third have taken jobs that make little demand...
Money Isn't Everything
We must learn from the likes of John Lewis if the virtues of the common good are not to disappear from the public balance sheet. One of the most depressing things about some parts of the financial sector is that people seem to think the main objective...
MT Learning Curve: Lobbying
- What is it? Nobody likes corruption in government. Deary me, no. We can't have that sort of thing. What we want is a 'level playing field', equal access to ministers and their officials, and an open and transparent system. But, in the real world,...
MT People: The Sharp End - Turning Japanese
Dave Waller tries to cut it as a sushi chef during the lunchtime feeding frenzy. The Sharp End will have to be super sharp this month, as we'll be slicing our way through raw flesh at Yo! Sushi. I'm off to learn the way of the itamae, the sushi...
MT Travel: Globetrotter
Founder and chief executive of the Mobo Organisation Kanya King had a narrow escape after an explosives store blew up near her hotel in Lagos. - Where do you travel? I go to the US every other year - normally to Los Angeles or New York. I recently...
MT Travel: Motor Mouth
The stylish Infiniti FX30d has that rarest of things, a diesel engine with personality, says Sathnam Sanghera. The Chelsea Tractor should be extinct by now. In a world running out of space, oil and money it doesn't make sense to pootle around a...
Strategy Is Only for Experts: Alastair Dryburgh
'Strategy' continues to be a popular theme for authors, academics and consultants. The Strategic Planning Society is holding a conference aimed at establishing strategy as a profession along the lines of law, medicine, accountancy and the like....
The MT Diary
Interesting times in Hong Kong; Seven's rugby surprise; Sarkozy drops out of Sci-Po. Hong Kong is in an interesting condition. It is benefiting a lot from China's recent moves to open up the offshore renminbi market, which is a great boost to banks...
The MT Interview: Kevin Reilly
Managing creative businesses is not for the faint-hearted. While the entertainment boss at Fox Broadcasting can boast a slate of shows including The X Factor, The Simpsons, Glee and House, it's only going to get harder to find the next generation of...
Top Earners Deserve It
The High Pay Commission is no more than a front for envious lefties; what was your worst moment in business?; forced sales can be bargains - if you can cope with the sellers. I attended a lunch recently where the guest of honour was Deborah Hargreaves,...
What's Your Problem?
Q. I recently took on a middle management position with one direct report. Although I go out of my way to treat her as an equal, she is defensive, negative and does not respond well to instruction. I know that she may feel awkward reporting to someone...
What's Your Problem?
Q. My parents own a successful delicatessen and cafe in the small town where my brother and I grew up. I went to university and started a career as a solicitor but my parents are making it clear to me that they'd love it if I took over their business....
You Live and You Learn: Sir Stuart Rose, Former CEO of Marks & Spencer
Growing up, I was desperate to earn money and get a job. That was my only driving ambition when I was young. I decided against pursuing a career in medicine and going to university. I joined M&S when I was 22 because it was the first company...
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