Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010


The author of MT's new column Reality Bites, Richard Reeves, was until recently director of consultancy at the Industrial Society (now the Work Foundation). Hailed as 'Britain's leading expert on workplace trends', he now works as an independent consultant. Last year, his book Happy Mondays, which called for a re-evaluation of modern working life, earned him the label 'dangerous' in the press. This month, he takes on Britain's 50 most powerful women.


Are women having to sacrifice a family for a successful career? Do bears ...? Lisa Harker, deputy director of the Institute for Public Policy Research, picks up this emotive debate in her review of Sylvia Ann Hewlett's controversial Baby Hunger. Harker (pictured between her two sisters) has a particular interest in family policy and childcare. In the past, she has worked for Save the Children, the Child Poverty Action Group and as a social affairs specialist for BBC News.


It wasn't hard for photographer Jonathan Root to relate to the subjects of the main photograph in MT's 'Grey Pound' feature - they're his parents. Entitled 'Harry and Joan on Holiday', it was shot in their bedroom, after Root's dad became too unwell to go on hols. An established portrait photographer, Root has completed a year's advertising campaign for Liberty's and has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery several times.


Investigating the grey pound, Jim White discovers that the most accurate sign of entering middle age is the moment you wake up in the night worrying about your pension. White predicts that as the country's demographic time-bomb begins to detonate, so do our dreams of early retirement. 'Looks like I'll be working till I'm 75,' says White - who also works for the Beeb and the Guardian - 'although whether there will be openings for promising young journalists at that age remains to be seen.'


Award-winning former Daily Telegraph journalist Ben Rooney writes for MT on the art of negotiating, a skill he learned in the cauldron of Middle East/Israeli peace talks while serving in the British Army. 'You couldn't help thinking that if you made a mistake you might be responsible for starting another war,' he confesses. 'That keeps your mind on things.' After that, a beat as a writer covering subjects as diverse as foreign affairs and career advice seems a peaceful patrol.


As a leading business strategist, academic, futurologist, author, speaker, broadcaster and successful entrepreneur, Richard Scase would seem to qualify as a 20%-er as desribed in Richard Koch's The 80/20 Revolution. Reviewed by Scase this month, Koch's book argues that just one fifth of the population has an impact on society's future. Scase himself wrote the influential Britain 2010: The Changing Business Landscape, and more recently Living in the Corporate Zoo, reviewed in MT earlier this year.

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