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Management Today June 2016

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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United Kingdom
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Haymarket Media Group Ltd
Fréquence:
Back issue only
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2 min.
celebrating our half century

1966. The year of Hurst, Moore, Charlton and their manager, Sir Alf Ramsey. Harold Wilson’s ‘White Heat of Technology’ and The Beatles’ album Revolver. The year that Sir Francis Chichester set off to sail round the world. And in a small office up on the Edgware Road, MT was born. Now 50 years old, MT is a magazine, a website and an events business. Looking back over 50 years of copies, three things struck me especially. Firstly, 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. The editorial prognosis looked at times relentlessly lacking in optimism, but the team under founding editor Bob Heller really didn’t…

1 min.
contributors

IAN WYLIE MT’s special projects editor consulted his crystal ball for The Future of Work report. He’s not keen on the idea of being put into a ‘work pod’ where sensors measure his productivity by the nanosecond. ‘But I am looking forward to a future where robots walk my dog,’ he says. CAROLINE PLUMB FreshMinds’ exec chair and founder had an early ambition to be an astronaut, which is shared by her daughter – with a twist. ‘We’re both very curious, so wanting to explore outside usual boundaries appeals to us. I’m not sure why she wants to combine it with fire-fighting though.’ OCTAVIUS BLACK Mind Gym’s CEO explores the muchmaligned middle manager. Keeping boundaries is key to a good working relationship, he advises. ‘Notice when others chip away at them and act to rebuild.…

2 min.
you live & you learn

LORD BROWNE OF MADINGLEY FORMER CEO OF BP AND CHAIRMAN OF L1 ENERGY My father was a British Army officer who later worked for Anglo-Persian Oil [now BP] so we were always travelling. After much resistance from my mother, who thought the idea of boarding school was primitive, I was sent to study at King’s Ely in Cambridgeshire. I hated the regimentation and I was teased. I studied physics at Cambridge and considered staying on to do research. But my father told me I had to get a ‘real’ job. I joined BP as a university apprentice in 1966 and became a petroleum engineer in Alaska’s frozen tundra. Back then, BP was a gentlemen’s club. The only women in the company worked in the ‘typing pool’; it was all twinsets and one string of…

1 min.
words-worth

It’s nice to have a ‘mentor’ – someone to guide and advise – and nicer still to be one. The word ‘mentor’ became popular in the 18th century, because it was the name of a wise character in a popular French novel. The author, François Fénelon, took his Mentor from Homer’s Odyssey, where he is guide and adviser to Telemachus, son of Odysseus. The verb ‘to mentor’ only arrived in the early 20th century. Originally, mentors gave advice about life; only in the 1980s, starting in the US, did they offer support to less experienced people at work. Better late than never. 53m THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS WHO NOW WORK FREELANCE (26% OF THE WORKING-AGE POPULATION) Souce: US Freelancers Union…

2 min.
crash course

The junior doctors’ strike has illustrated how damaging it can be when a dispute with employees turns into full-scale industrial action. How can you avoid simmering disagreements with your own workforce becoming toxic? Avoid personalising it. ‘The junior doctors’ dispute became both personal and political, with Jeremy Hunt putting himself so much at the fore,’ says Andy Cook, an employee/industrial relations adviser to boards and executives at Marshall-James. ‘But when egos come into play, it’s always a mistake because that person can’t be seen to back down.’ Leave it to the experts. ‘Leaders can set broad parameters for policy, but they shouldn’t meddle when negotiations are moving forward,’ says Roger Seifert, professor of industrial relations and human resources management at the University of Wolverhampton Business School. ‘Let negotiators negotiate.’ Invest in line managers.…

2 min.
company vitae

The BBC – still flying the flag for public service broadcasting Formative years The British Broadcasting Corporation we know and (mostly) love dates back to 1926 and a remarkable piece of political footwork which delivered both guaranteed funding and editorial independence in one fell swoop – all enshrined by Royal Charter. Not a bad day’s work for its 38-year-old then-general manager John (later Lord) Reith. But it could all have been very different – the original British Broadcasting Company of 1922 was a private sector JV formed along US lines, complete with shareholders, sponsored programming and a regular board of directors. Who knew? Recent history That was then. In the connected, converged and citizen-powered media market of the 21st century, it is claimed (usually by those with an axe to grind) that the whole public…