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Articles from May 24

At the Back: Motor Mouth - Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge
Powerful and fast, this luxury car comes with a price tag that only the super rich can afford, says Matthew Gwyther. 'At 60mph the loudest noise in this new Rolls-Royce comes from the electric clock.' David Ogilvy's legendary advertising copy line...
At the Back: Think Again - Where Are the 'Chief Misery Officers'?
In the last few years, there has been a growing trend for HR professionals to rebrand themselves to make their jobs sound cooler. From Google's people analytics VP to Heroku's vibe manager and Zappos' chief happiness officer, there is no shortage...
At the Back: Think Once - Cut the Career Drift
It would be nice to imagine our career moves as stepping stones in a long, satisfying and coherent arc. Chapters, if you like, in a career narrative. Except often we find ourselves stuck in a role that feels more like an interval - a break between...
At the Back: Tomorrow's Jobs - Make a Mint from Meat-Free Meat - and Feed the World Too - No 5 Food Scientist
Why? Because there will be nine billion people alive by 2050, and they won't feed themselves. Keeping the wolf from so many doors without denuding the planet of absolutely everything edible will require all the initiative mankind can muster. Fortunately,...
Books: A Driving Force
This is a lively account of Uber's journey and its CEO Travis Kalanick, who has steered the company to global fame. But events are already overtaking the book, says John McLaren Wild Ride: Inside Uber's Quest for World Domination Adam Lashinsky...
Books: Author Q&A - John Timpson, Keys to Success, Icon Books, Pounds 12.99
- What exactly is Upside Down Management? It's the way we run our business, started because the only way to give great service is to trust colleagues to look after each customer in the way they feel is best. So we only have two rules: 1. Look the...
Books: Fighting Talk
Jayne-Anne Gadhia's account of her struggle to reach the top is not just about being a woman in banking, but how to do business in a better way, says Sarah Baker The Virgin Banker: My Life in Finance Jayne-Anne Gadhia Virgin Books, pounds...
Books: The Path to Prosperity
This is a perceptive study of South Korea's transformation from a poor country of paddy fields to an industrialised economy, says Stephen Evans The New Koreans: The Business, History and People of South Korea Michael Breen Rider Books, pounds...
Can McDonald's Stand the Heat?
Changing consumer tastes and rival chains are forcing the first fast food giant to reinvent itself, says Matthew Gwyther. McDonald's - the original food industry disruptor - recently received the ultimate US accolade: a Hollywood film about its...
Company Vitae: Spotify
Is the Swedish streaming star a saint or sinner? You decide Formative years Stockholm, 2006, and disillusioned former dotcommers Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon decide to save the music business from annihilation by iPod (remember those?). MP3...
Crash Course: Creating a Culture of Innovation
How many times since you arrived have you been told: 'That's not how we do things here'? This place needs shaking up, it needs... a culture of innovation. You mean ideas? Ideas are just the starting point. 'Innovation is an outcome, it's the end...
Diary
Vatican Bats - Italians in Jakarta - Cultural confusion in New York When spring is in the air, a young man's (well, let's stretch a point for effect) thoughts turn to cricket. To get a jump on our regular opposition, Barnes Common CC took all roads...
Editor's Letter: A Failed Experiment?
Prisons are pretty grim places at the best of times and those in the UK are currently enduring the worst of times. A short spell actually spent inside, even if only as a visitor, is usually enough to revise the opinions of the most enthusiastic members...
Everything You Know about Business Is Wrong
It's all about the price The key selling point of many a new product or service is price. But as a customer the first question we should ask is not 'How much does it cost?' but rather 'What does it do?'. Take all those online operators that want...
How I Beat the Odds: Cal Henderson, Co-Founder and CTO of Slack and Co-Founder of Flickr
From the age of five, I wanted to be a software programmer. Prior to that I wanted to be a fighter pilot, but I am colour blind. Then when the internet came along in the 90s it was like software but way better You could make something and a million...
MT Round Table: Managing Uncertainty
With politics, the economy and the world of work going through unpredictable times, MT in association with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) put together a panel to discuss how businesses can best operate in this climate. ...
Private Prison Crises
With low margins, a monopoly customer and volatile users, Britain's private jails are a tough business to run. Has the system reached breaking point, asks Matthew Gwyther. Few would chose to spend a day out at HMP Rye Hill, despite its bucolic location...
The End: Slice of Life
Poppy Mardall, founder of Poppy's Funerals, on swapping art for coffins, and the delights of Tooting. DAY IN THE LIFE The morning madness begins at 6.45am, with my two-year-old daughter Juniper chanting 'cereal, cereal, cereal' and son Calon...
The Food Revolution: A Taste of Things to Come
With spending on takeaways and eating out booming in the UK, Jack Torrance reports on the rise of the new online ordering firms and food ventures taking a bite out of the traditional market. We haven't always been a nation of foodies. The old British...
The MT Interview: Simon Segars
Quiet and unassuming like the firm he runs, the CEO of ARM was an architect of the smartphone revolution and is now hard at work on the next tech mega trend, the Internet of Things. Will new owner SoftBank help or hinder? He's the boss of one of...
The Music Biz Makes a Comeback
From nearly being destroyed by digital disruption, the record industry is finally finding its feet again, reports Oliver Bennett. A warm day at Spitalfields Market in London, and the Independent Label Market is rocking. If you landed from Mars,...
What's Your Problem?
You're not surrendering - you're making a sensible, grown-up decision to find a better job I get the distinct impression that I'm being managed out of my job. My boss has started setting me ridiculous targets, which are impossible to meet, and he's...
Will Robots Make Us Redundant?
As machines become increasingly capable of outperforming humans, should we fear the future? Adam Gale investigates both the threat and promise of artificial intelligence A monolith modelled on the Tower of Babel casts a long shadow over the dystopian...
You Live & You Learn: Rooney Anand, CEO of Greene King
I was a deep disappointment to my parents because I didn't want to be a doctor like them. I'm still squeamish. Studying construction probably wasn't the smartest decision, but it did allow me to run pounds 20m building sites at 19. Being a graduate...
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