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Management Today

Management Today December 2016/January 2017

Management today is an essential guide to UK business, with a real grasp of modern business thinking and the most effective management, Mt is a must read for company leaders, senior directors, entrepreneurs and ambitious executives- fresh and insightful, mt is not only provocative but delivers true value and guidance. The UK's largest monthly business magazine delivering a truly powerful auidence. Supported by industry leading features mt boasts of award winning articles and has won many accolades over the past few years. With truly superior editorial it engages and influences businesses like no other.

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2 min
dealing with uncertainty

It’s no exaggeration to state that the earth moved for British business on 23 June this year. For good or ill, the Brexit earthquake will mean we are all going to be taking an entirely different path from the one on which we were headed a year ago. But quite how long the path is, how painful it will be to walk on and where, precisely, it’s going appears to be known to very few people indeed, even at the highest levels of government. The change – and accompanying bewilderment – became even more profound last month with the unexpected election of America’s new president. The ‘liberal, metropolitan elite’ threw everything they had at Trump and the Leavers to no avail. Indeed, it’s claimed their lack of emotional proximity to the…

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JANE NÍ DHULCHAOINTIGH Perhaps unsurprisingly for the inventor of Sugru, the world’s first mouldable glue, Ní Dhulchaointigh finds a kindred spirit in Tim Harford, whose book Messy she reviews. ‘It’s a brilliant book that instantly appealed to and vindicated my naturally untidy tendencies.’ MATTHEW TAYLOR In his review of The Fourth Industrial Revolution by Klaus Schwab, the Royal Society of Arts CEO explores whether automation can be harnessed for the many not just the privileged few. ‘Intelligent robots may soon rule the world. What a pity there wasn’t one standing for the US presidency.’ HOWARD DAVIES RBS chairman and MT diarist Davies looks ahead to the Trump administration. ‘In New York just before the election, some Wall Street Upper East Siders asked me how it felt in the UK after Brexit. I said they would…

3 min
you live & you learn

I’ve always been a hard worker. I did a paper round from the age of eight; I worked on the production line at chocolate maker Terry’s of York while I was at school; and I waitressed in a restaurant while I was at uni. If I have my way, I’ll be working until I’m 100. My first job after my PhD was with British Airways. I was intelligent and inquisitive but, when you’re at the bottom of a big company, it’s hard to understand what the hell’s going on. Most of my research since then has been on how large corporations are run. In 1982 I moved to PA Consulting and became its youngest – and first female – director. I had the big car – a BMW 7 Series – and…

4 min
crash course

Crimbo is nigh, and with it the battle to win over consumers. So how do you make your brand stand out in the blitzkrieg of festive advertising and marketing? Get talked about. The media is obsessed with Christmas campaigns. Make yours the attention- grabbing one, and you’ll get a whole lot of free column inches. ‘If you’re a significant British retailer and the trade and consumer press aren’t anticipating your campaign before it breaks then you’re already behind,’ says Alice McGinn, a planning partner at Grey Advertising. ‘Like it or not, it is a part of UK Christmas culture, signalling the kick-off to the season.’ Embrace the festive spirit. Wrap your marketing in tinsel, daub snowflakes over your website, partner with a charity and share the goodwill of the season. ‘Avoid anything…

1 min
work place rights

Latest statistics show that more than 900,000 people in the UK work under zero-hours contracts, up 20% on 2015. ‘Zero-hours’ is a general term used to describe employers hiring staff with no minimum level of work or pay. Workers are engaged on an ad hoc, casual basis and only paid for the work they actually do. The legal position on zero-hours contracts is often misunderstood. They are not illegal, but are regulated. Individuals engaged in this way are likely to be legally categorised as ‘workers’ or ‘employees’, meaning they qualify for rights such as holiday pay and the minimum wage. Additionally, a term in a zero-hours contract prohibiting the person from working elsewhere, known as an ‘exclusivity clause’, is unenforceable. While the flexibility of zero-hours arrangements is often beneficial for both parties, their…

2 min
how i beat the odds

WENDY HALLETT mbe Founder of Hallett Retail Services Nothing prepares you for cancer. I’d been having problems breathing and I’d found a lump on my neck so part of me anticipated what the doctors were about to tell me. But that didn’t make the diagnosis of Hodgkin’s disease any easier to bear. I had two children, aged six and eight. I lost my mother to breast cancer when I was seven years old; I couldn’t let my own kids go through that. I spent the next six months in gruelling chemo – and the business I’d been building for the past four years went on the back burner. I’d started concessions company Hallett Retail Services in 1999 following a 13-yearcareer with Arcadia, where I’d progressed from graduate trainee to area manager, overseeing Topshop’s…