Magazine article Management Today

Editorial: Fit, Fabulous and Forty

Magazine article Management Today

Editorial: Fit, Fabulous and Forty

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This month we have a birthday to celebrate, so please excuse the party shirt.

While the editor (45) may be experiencing a mild mid-life crisis, manifesting itself in an unhealthy devotion to Italian clothing brands, MT finds itself in rude middle-period health as it reaches its 40th anniversary. While you've been on the beach this summer, we've spent the past eight weeks combing through back issues to bring you this special edition, which looks back over 40 years of British business and into the future. The wander through the archive was a fascinating experience: watching an intelligent organism find its feet, grow and develop - making the odd mistake along the way as it rode the pricks and the kicks, but maturing into something special - was a true pleasure.

Three things struck me especially. First, what a sorry state UK business found itself in during the '60s and '70s. Managing decline and coming to terms with a post-industrial economy is never easy, but MT charted this painful process with diligence. At times the editorial prognosis was relentlessly lacking in optimism, but maybe Bob Heller, the founding editor, and his team really didn't see much light at the end of the tunnel, as they typed away by candlelight during the three-day week.

Second, what a great looking mag MT has always been. The art direction of the magazine during the '60s and '70s was a delight. While other business magazines appeared dour and conservative, MT really was right out there in the avant-garde. It took us several minutes gazing at the cover of November 1968 before we realised we were looking at an arty shot of a dog foetus in a laboratory flask. …

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