Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010


The unlikely hero of the Dome debacle is well placed to answer our From the Top question: 'When is it time to move on?' In the new year he found himself out of a job, 11 months after starting his mission to rescue the doomed attraction. Undeterred, he fronted a bid to run it privately only to see that fail too. But the Brits admire pluck and PY is remembered as the one person to emerge from the Millennium Experience with his professional reputation enhanced.


You don't need to fly spy planes over China to realise it is a super-economy under construction. Yet Peter Nolan's new book, China and the Global Economy, casts doubt on such certainties. Here to review it is Lord Powell of Bayswater. Former foreign affairs and defence adviser to Margaret Thatcher, he is now president of the China-Britain Business Council and chairman of the Singapore-British Business Council. He also chairs Sagitta Asset Management.


With experience that ranges through teaching, lecturing and clinical psychology, Clare Huffington is another good candidate to answer our From the Top poser. The director of the Tavistock Consultancy Service counsels professionals on their career development, and offers a psychologist's insight into that vexed question: when should you hand your notice in? She also sits on the board of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations.


Has it ever occurred to you that you work long hours because you actually like what you do? Richard Reeves, director of futures at the Industrial Society and former social affairs editor at the Observer, says more of us love our jobs than care to admit it, and we should rejoice in doing so. The UK's leading thinker on the future of work offers a sneak preview of his new book Happy Mondays - Putting the Pleasure Back into Work, published this month by Pearson.


MT's cover illustrator, 33-year-old Susanne Saenger, started her career by designing logos. Since branching out as an illustrator, her work has been in magazines from Wired to Fast Company as well as in newspapers such as Die Zeit. The perfect choice for illustrating Richard Reeve's article (she says she loves her job), Saenger admits to the bizarre hobby of collecting colourful packaging and other ephemera. Apparently, 'it's what all graphic designers do'.


Personal finance can be a deathly dull branch of journalism, but Simon Hinde has the knack for bringing it to life. We asked him: How much money do you need to retire? Hinde, comment editor at the Daily Express and previously at the Sunday Times, discovers that it's probably more than you expected. Still, he manages to keep this depressing thought at bay by practising ashtanga yoga.

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