Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010


This month, the FSA boss rates Daniel Goleman's book The New Leaders, which urges business chiefs to use emotional intelligence. Howard Davies' CV includes posts as adviser to Nigel Lawson (when he was chancellor), controller of the Audit Commission and head of the CBI. He has confirmed that he'll stay at the world's most powerful financial regulator for another 18 months, and he's a strong contender to succeed Eddie George at the Bank of England next year.


Since retiring last year, the ex-chairman of GE has refused to adopt a pipe-and-slippers existence. The success of his autobiographical management bible Jack, Straight from the Gut has encouraged 'Neutron' Jack Welch to re-brand himself as an executive coach for firms such as JP Morgan. After his recent lurid liaison with a journalist from Harvard Business Review, MT can report that its own female reporter survived interviewing him for this month's 'If I had to start again ...' with her professional integrity intact.


MT's columnist takes up his position as City editor of the Sunday Telegraph this month. Robert Peston is no stranger to the broadsheets, having previously worked at the FT and the Independent on Sunday. He moves there from Quest, an interactive analysis service, where he was editorial director. In Inside Out, Peston warns against the dangers of bosses who promise what they can't deliver. No doubt he'll be keeping his feet firmly on the ground in his new role.


Film producer Sarah Curtis started out as a scriptwriter at BBC's Pebble Mill studios before establishing herself as a TV producer. Now one of the UK's leading film producers, she is responsible for British successes such as the Oscar-nominated Mrs Brown and, most recently, Charlotte Gray, a film about a Scottish woman working for the French resistance. This month, Curtis freeze-frames Bill Baillieu and John Goodchild's book The British Film Business, which examines the present state of the industry.


As a child in Africa in the days of Empire, Stephen Cook recalls standing in the hot sun waving a small union flag as the Queen Mother swept past in an open car. Now both she and the Empire are gone, and Cook is writing about a different aspect of the monarchy: the royal family's value to the nation in terms of hard cash, especially in the Queen's golden jubilee year. 'I was surprised to find how many British businesses, directly or indirectly, trade off the royal family,' he says.


Photographer Jake Walters takes portraits for titles such as Dazed & Confused, GQ and the Guardian and Telegraph's weekend supplements. His father is the sculptor Ian Walters, his mother is a painter and his sister a playwright. This month, he photographs the Jordan family for MT's 'Family Fortunes' feature. But would the Walters ever mix blood-ties with business? 'In the '80s I set up a building business and made a lot of money,' says Walters, 'but in my family that was considered teenage rebellion.'

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