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Articles from May 1

A New View of Leadership
For every Winston Churchill, there is a Fred Goodwin. In an insightful new book, Nigel Nicholson explores what makes some leaders soaraway successes while others crash and burn. When a flock of birds simultaneously takes to the air or when a herd...
Back in the (Former) USSR
Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou seems to be in a minority of one in his frequently voiced claim that Carolyn McCall, the CEO of easyJet, is not performing in a satisfactory manner behind the company joystick. The fact that she has increased the share price...
Books: The Myth of 'Having It All'
The chief operating officer of Facebook has written an inspiring book to help women get on, says Heather McGregor, with a brilliant tip for getting kids ready for school. Lean In: Women, work and the will to lead Sheryl Sandberg WH Allen, pounds 16.99 ...
Books: What If Kim Jong-Un Gets His Hands on This?
A study of how Asian nations can achieve rapid economic growth was a thought-provoking read for Howard Davies. How Asia Works: Success and failure in the world's most dynamic region Joe Studwell Profile Books, pounds 14.99 They are the heroes of...
Career Masterclass: Make a Graceful Exit
Be sure. The biggest single influence on employee engagement is the behaviour of your boss. If your reasons for leaving are reversible ('I feel overstretched and undervalued'), could a brave conversation with your manager convince you to stay? Explain...
Company Vitae: Vodafone
Vodafone, Newbury's best-known export, is perhaps the greatest British corporate success of the past 30 years. Pity about those tax deals... Formative years In 1985 Racal chairman Ernest Harrison and Gerry Whent launched Racal Vodafone, the UK's...
Crash Course in ... Employer Branding
Another careers fair and nobody seems interested in your stand, and you're not getting the calibre of applicants you were expecting. Also, your retention isn't that great. Is it time to look at your employer brand? It's not optional. As the Chartered...
Decisions: Rupert Clevely, Geronimo Inns, Founder of the Upmarket South-East Pub Chain
MY BEST... A second best decision was hiring a great finance director. As a young guy building a business, it was a mistake not having one for so long. We found life so difficult in the early days because I wasn't prepared to pay good money for...
Excess - More Is More
In an age of frenzied consumption, it is worth remembering that a bit of scarcity is good for you. But surely life would be terribly dull without the odd bit of overindulgence, argues Matthew Gwyther. The first floor of a branch of TK Maxx in Clapham...
First-Class Coach
Q: I regard myself as a good manager. I'm friendly to colleagues, even those who are hostile. I avoid conflict, usually by talking to people individually to soften the blow of bad news. But recently I've had feedback that some people think I'm not...
Help Yourself
Britain is awash with personal improvement books, from the worthy to the whacky. Is it that people in a stalled economy are desperate for advice, or are we just suckers for the promise of a quick fix. Sneer if you like, says Rhymer Rigby, but the industry...
How to Get Stuff Done
People at work face a huge array of distractions that get in the way of them finishing anything. But you needn't just sit there feeling overwhelmed, there are plenty of ways you can get on top of your workload, says Alexander Garrett. Don't you...
It's Time for Better Boards
After a number of serious governance failures, companies should consider radical changes to their directors' roles. As the AGM and corporate reporting season gets underway, it is clear that the role of a board director today is not an easy one....
MT Learning Curve: Budgeting
What is it? Alec Douglas-Home said he used matchsticks to explain economics to himself when he was PM in the 1960s. But now we have powerful computers, spreadsheets and 'business intelligence'. In theory, budgets tell you where you stand financially,...
MT Travel: Globetrotter
Culture is in the air for Montblanc's director of pens and leather goods, Christian Rauch. Where do you travel? Montblanc has 450 boutiques all over the world, so I travel often - usually once a week. I spend a lot of time in the US and Asia....
MT Travel: Motor Mouth
The super-smooth Lexus GS450h F Sport was a revelation to Sathnam Sanghera, even if it did try to do everything for him. You know who I don't like? Apart from people who text 'your' when they mean 'you're', that is. People who are into hi-fi equipment....
My IT Bets on the Side
Software firms offer tempting if risky opportunities for VC investors; my part in a Great British success story; can I make a Florida cocktail bar once popular with astronauts take off? My brother-in-law Lee is a software engineer who has helped...
People: The Sharp End - Going beyond the U-Bend
Dave Waller spends a day underground as a flusher on the London sewer network. Today, I'm going somewhere that is usually past the point of no return, as I head down below to join Thames Water for a day as a sewer flusher. I arrive at the western...
The MT Diary
Leveson's omission; scandal hits Hollande government; who can afford to eat in Paris? What was Hollande doing entrusting the nation's finances to a cosmetic surgeon? One reasonable criticism of the Leveson proposals and the Government's 'little...
The MT Interview: Carolyn McCall
Dismissed as a 'media luvvie' by Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary in 2010 when she left the Guardian to run easyJet, she can afford a smile of satisfaction now. Her airline cruised into the FTSE100 in March, after she successfully piloted it through all...
The Shit Happens Principle
Pick a card, any card... Bet pounds 1 on red or black and I'll pay you pounds 5 if you're correct. I tell you I've taken six of the black cards out of the deck, so naturally you bet on red. Too bad: you drew a black card. Did you make a bad decision?...
What's Your Problem?
Q: Like the chancellor, I've imposed my own austerity measures on my wife and three children. As the breadwinner, I find this acceptable but, after three years, I'm having mixed results. I'm impressed by my daughter's ingenuity. She has topped up her...
What's Your Problem?
Q: I work for a large organisation that is outsourcing many of its administrative systems, such as payroll and purchasing. It's making life hell for me and my team. We were never given any information about how the changes would take effect and there...
You Live and You Learn: Tony Pidgley, Founder and Group Chairman of Berkeley Group
My first wife always felt I should never have got married, because the only thing I was in love with was Berkeley. And divorce does upset children. My relationship with my son has had its moments (Pidgley junior attempted to take over his father's...
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