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Articles from December 1

Books: Author Q&A - Scott Adams
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big Portfolio Penquin, pounds 14.99 - What inspired you to write this book? I grew up in a very small town and didn't have a mentor who could give me tips for success. I had to figure it out by trial...
Books: Has Money Had Its Day?
We need a new way of measuring worth based on reputation, argues the author. However, Carole Stone doesn't quite buy it. Reputation Economics Why who you know is worth more than what you have Joshua Klein Palgrave Macmillan, pounds 17.99 I was...
Books: Masters of the Universe
McKinseyites may be a secretive elite with the ear of the powerful, but has The Firm grown too big for its boots, wonders Roger Parry, himself an alumnus. The Firm The inside story of McKinsey Duff McDonald Oneworld, pounds 14.99 Duff McDonald...
Books: My Top Reads of 2013
SARAH WOOD - CO-FOUNDER AND COO OF VIRAL VIDEO FIRM UNRULY MEDIA Out Think How innovative leaders drive exceptional outcomes G Shawn Hunter Out Think is super smart and densely written. Best read in the morning after a cup of coffee. It...
Britain's Least Admired Companies: And Bringing Up the Rear
Banks, bookies and the beeb are among this year's low flyers. So much for the winners, they've had their moment in the spotlight, lauded by the great and the good, sitting smugly in the smart seats only a step away from the podium. What about those...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Most Admired League Table 2013
MOST ADMIRED LEAGUE TABLE 2013 1 1 Diageo 73.63 2 2 Berkeley Group 73.27 3 12 Unilever 73.05 4 18 John Lewis Partnership ...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Nine Measures of Success
To arrive at the total scores, each company is marked out of 10 across nine criteria, such as quality of management, value as a long-term investment, and financial soundness and innovation. Here are the top 10 firms by these individual measures...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Sector: Banks - Company Showcase 2013
antander UK Financial services Website: www.santander.co.uk Address: Regents Place, London, NW1 3AN Employees: c24,000 plus Company Summary Santander UK is a major financial services provider. We are the second largest residential...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Sector by Sector
SECTOR BY SECTOR Experian takes the business support services laurels for the first time AGENCIES 1 Rightmove 65.8 2 Dentsu Aegis Network* 62.4 3 M&C Saatchi ...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Spirits Rise as Growth Returns
Companies are scoring higher than before and competition between them is ever closer. But BMAC winner Diageo and runner-up Berkeley Group have hung on to their places at the top. Andrew Saunders reports. We may be in the depths of winter as far...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Sponsor of the Awards - Company Showcase 2013
BSI The business standards company Website: www.bsigroup.com Head office: 389 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4AL Employees: 2,900 plus Contact: bsi.ukcareers@bsigroup.com Company Summary Making Excellence a Habit. As the business...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Top in Sector: Construction - Home Winner: Quality of Management - Company Showcase 2013
Berkeley Group Residential developer Website: www.berkeleygroup.co.uk Head office: 19 Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1JG Employees: more than 1,400 Contact: www.berkeleygroup.co.uk Telephone number: 01932 868 555 Company...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Top in Sector: Engineering - Machinery - Company Showcase 2013
Rotork Keeping the world flowing Website: www.rotork.com Address: Rotork, Brassmill Lane, Bath, BA1 3JQ Employees: 3,000 plus Contact: information@rotork.com Company Summary Rotork is an established leader in the flow control market,...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Top in Sector: Life Assurance and Insurance - Company Showcase 2013
St. James's Place Wealth management Website: www.sjp.co.uk Address: St. James's Place House, 1 Tetbury Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1FP Employees: Over 1,900 partner practices of the St. James's Place Partnership and over 900...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: Top in Sector: Property - Company Showcase 2013
Derwent London Commercial property investment trust Website: www.derwentlondon.com Head office: 25 Savile Row, London W1S 2ER Employees: Over 100 Company Summary Derwent London is the largest real estate investment trust focused on...
Companies Should Ditch Their Macho Outlook and Do More to Make Top Jobs Appealing to High-Flying Women
Why are women dropping out of corporate life so much younger than men? That was the question I found myself asking recently when I was looking at the CVs of prospective candidates for non-executive directorships. I have conducted many similar searches...
Company Vitae: Poundland
The cost-of-living friendly bargain store is rumoured to be cooking up an IPO - it's even signed Jane Asher... - Formative years Bargain store Poundland first hung its trademark turquoise-and-yellow shingle outside a shop in Burton-upon-Trent's...
Crash Course: How to Hand out Christmas Bonuses
'Tis the season to be jolly and give your staff a reward for all the hard work they've done during the year. But if you're playing Santa, who should get a bonus and what should they get? What is it? The Christmas bonus is seldom the vehicle for...
Diary
I was looking forward to revisiting Shanghai for the first time since 2005. There's a vast new airport, with a super-fast maglev link to whisk you downtown. Those are what pass for excitements in my life these days. However, all thoughts of the fun...
Editor's Letter: All Hail Diageo and Easyjet - Plus How I'd Fix the Co-Op Bank
It's cold outside but the green shoots of economic recovery are now visible after too many years of recession permafrost. Let's just hope it's the right sort of recovery and they don't morph into bubbles. Well done, Diageo, for walking off with the...
Everything You Know about Business Is Wrong: Who Wants to Live Forever?
Most of us - at least those who, like me, have passed the midpoint of our lives -have accepted that we aren't going to live for ever Companies, on the other hand, seem to find this very hard. Look, for instance, at the continuing travails of Yahoo....
How I Beat the Odds: Alan McLeish - QTS, Founder of the South Lanarkshire-Based Rail Maintenance Firm
Nearly 20 years ago, I asked my mum if I could borrow pounds 300 to start my own business. I had three wee kids at the time and she said to me: 'Son, are you sure?' But I knew I had to give it a go - I'd spent the past year lying awake at night thinking...
MT Analytics in Action: Awards
We have arrived at an exciting moment in time when the vast amounts of data available to organisations offer a wealth of opportunities. With customer information, transaction records, data from connected devices and unstructured information on social...
MT Stuff: Gizmos
Stand back! Samsung's wide-angle 3D TV is here. But Emma Haslett is more taken with a nattily retro Little Printer. BLACKBERRY MESSENGER Free. iOS, Android Struggling smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry has finally made one of its few successes...
MT Stuff: Life/Style - Guy Grainger
The UK CEO of property services firm Jones Lang LaSalle likes to be sharp of suit - unless he's doing a triathlon in his Batman outfit Work Because I have a background in retail property, I am hooked on shopping I think if you're going to wear...
MT Stuff: Motor Mouth - Mercedes E 300 BlueTec Hybrid SE Estate
A hybrid isn't just for the worthy, says Sathnam Sanghera, this one's elegant, smooth and better than the petrol model. If people were asked to name, in the form of a Family Fortunes survey, the smoothest things known to man, the top 10 responses...
Our Universities Are Sitting on an IP Goldmine - a Gilt-Edged Apprenticeship - We Need a UK Maker Movement
Next to the US, Britain possesses many of the finest universities in the world - a set of establishments far superior to that of any other European country. Their research output is remarkable. It represents a potential treasure trove of scientific...
Problems?: What's Your Problem?
Q: My co-founder keeps making inappropriate remarks to our gay marketing director. The comments are made in jest and appear to be taken in good humour - but they make me uncomfortable, not least because we could end up at an employment tribunal. I...
Sponsored Round Table: How to Do More When You Have Less
Cost-cutting zeal, although admirable in itself, risks stunting growth. Our panel explores how a strategic approach to managing expenditure pays dividends by allowing space for expansion and investment, while still trimming off the flab. Ian Wylie...
The End: Smoke & Mirrors
Can our master of spin's new Brazilian girlfriend help Smokehouse win a piece of the next World Cup? Monday Spent most of the weekend with my tidy new girlfriend, Conception. She's Brazilian, which is obviously good news, but she doesn't actually...
The MT Interview: Justin King
The accolade of Britain's Most Admired Leader will taste all the sweeter to Sainsbury's smoothly effective CEO - as the title was claimed repeatedly by Sir Terry Leahy when in his pomp at Tesco. Justin King is having a good day. He has just announced...
Wise Words: Self Coach ... Leadership Styles
Would you describe your leadership style as more 'push' than 'pull'? Or is it the other way round? The twin levers of successful leadership are support and challenge. SUPPORT Listening, coaching Suiting tasks to skills Promoting harmony Being...
Wise Words: Think Again - Do Nice Managers Finish Last?
In the corporate world, most organisations seem to have developed - involuntarily, of course - quite effective mechanisms for stopping nice employees from advancing to management positions. Conversely, those who shout, bitch, bully and suck up to their...
Workers Rule OK
Companies that give staff a big say in how they're run are increasingly numerous - and successful. But are traditional CEO types willing to let more people get their hands on the levers of power? Rhymer rigby reports. It is often said that in...
You Live & You Learn: Dame Gail Rebuck - Chair, Penguin Random House UK
I had a very inauspicious beginning as a production assistant in a children's book packager. I was pretty hopeless when I left university because I couldn't type, and I learned about publishing from the bottom up. I'd always loved reading. When I was...
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