Magazine article Management Today


Magazine article Management Today


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This month, David Butcher appraises appraisals, a workplace ritual he rather enjoys: 'How many opportunities do you get to talk about yourself for an hour, free, and, given luck, collect a pay rise at the end of it?' These days, he mostly gets feedback from his four-month-old son, Felix. 'If he likes something, he's all smiles and laughter; not sure, he shoots you a stern look; doesn't like it, he screams at you.' The boy is obviously heading for a career in management.


Making economics sexy is not an easy task. Reviewing Sex, Drugs & Economics by Diane Coyle for MT, Kate Barker discovered it can also be a serious one. Barker replaced DeAnne Julius as one of the four external members of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee in June 2001, and was previously chief economist at the CBI. She made an impressive impact in the 'Britain's 50 Most Powerful Women' list in MT last June as a new entry at No. 7.


Whose job is public safety? The private-security sector is a growth industry operating prisons, mounting patrols in well-heeled suburbs, and even running cell blocks in police stations. In MT this month, Stephen Cook, a former crime writer on the Guardian, relates the rise and rise of the security man, uncovering an industry worth pounds 4 billion and growing: 'There are those who now predict that the private sector will one day take over the beats of the local bobby.'


As someone who has criticised many aspects of UK management, Simon Caulkin perked up on visiting the shortlisted candidates for this year's manufacturing awards: as good as a holiday, he says. …

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