After 25 years in journalism, including presenting BBC's Nationwide, Khalid Aziz set up the Aziz Corporation to help executives with their speaking skills. For MT he delivers the verdict on Lady Thatcher's oratory in Brain Food. Aziz (snapped in Cannes) holds fixed-wing and autogyro licences. 'Five thousand feet above the Alps, precise communication is vital. Get it right and you land safely on ground among the Lears and Citations of the jet set.' Get it wrong and you crash and burn.
One of Britain's leading economists and business thinkers, John Kay weighs up Capitalism is Dead, Peoplism Rules by Alec Reed, concluding that when good editing is absent, literary chaos rules. The first director of Oxford's Said Business School, Kay founded London Economics in the '80s. It became Britain's largest independent economic consultancy, with offices worldwide and a turnover of pounds 10 million. His latest book, The Truth About Markets, is due out in May.
In 1992, Adrian Cadbury became the 'father of corporate governance' when he chaired the London Stock Exchange's report on the Financial Aspects of Corporate Governance - known as The Cadbury Report. Besides serving a nation of chocoholics as former chairman of one of Britain's best-loved family firms, he has become synonymous with governance issues, publishing a book on the subject earlier this year. For MT, Cadbury reviews Peter Waine's The Board Game.
In 1989, Mike Brown, now director of post-graduate corporate programmes at Nottingham Trent University, devised a tool for his MBA thesis, which now forms the basis of MT's Most Admired Companies poll. The annual survey has become a powerful indicator of the esteem in which companies are held among those who really know: peers and industry analysts. Says Brown: 'When Rentokil won in 1994, it changed its logo to incorporate the words 'Most Admired Company' - it means that much.'
Seasonal businesses aren't the only ones working hard in the run-up to Christmas: MT's industrious section editor Rebecca Hoar produces two features for the price of one: first, she reveals how companies with Yuletide-focused products can survive the off-season, and second, gets 'Up Close and Personal' to see how PAs really want to be managed. At MT, we are in no doubt how valuable our own PA is, responsible as she is for organising our Christmas party.
Drawing genius Paul Davis continues to reel in the awards, recently becoming Cartoonist of the Year at the Work Foundation's Workworld Awards 2002. He was recognised for his 'Office Trolley' drawings that adorn MT's Letters page each month, providing acidly witty and often surreal takes on the world of management. 'I used to have a desk in a new media design office from which I got a lot of inspiration. It was just like being in The Office,' Davis reveals. 'Bleak.'