Magazine article Management Today

Blair, from Bambi to Thumper

Magazine article Management Today

Blair, from Bambi to Thumper

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If you don't like the prime minister's way of operating, you'd label him an autocrat.

Like storm clouds gathering over the prairie, it looks as though there's an election on the way. Here at MT, we would not dream of insulting your intelligence by adopting the strange and archaic habit of national newspapers by telling you which party we think you should vote for. We do think, however, that it is timely after eight years of his rule to look at the leadership style of our prime minister. How does he manage?

Nobody would dream now of using the cuddly epithet Bambi to describe Tony Blair. Indeed, with recent domestic initiatives and foreign policy forays, he has shown himself to be more of a Thumper. What our feature shows is that he has a very different way of running the country from any of his predecessors. Blair's way of getting things done - and he likes to be at the centre of getting a lot done - is to dispense with Cabinet as a decision-making forum and to sideline the mandarins of the civil service. If you don't like this method of operation, you'd label him an autocrat. If you approve, he's streamlined, decisive and effective. Either way, we'll let you make up your own minds whether you want to give him five more years.

To get things done the way you want them, you need to be a master of the art of persuasion, and Blair seems pretty adept in this field. Being good at getting your own way is a powerful asset in business, and our feature on the subject offers a step-by-step guide to honing your technique when it comes to smooth-talking, cajoling or even arm-twisting. …

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