Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010


This month, David Butcher appraises appraisals, a workplace ritual he rather enjoys: 'How many opportunities do you get to talk about yourself for an hour, free, and, given luck, collect a pay rise at the end of it?' These days, he mostly gets feedback from his four-month-old son, Felix. 'If he likes something, he's all smiles and laughter; not sure, he shoots you a stern look; doesn't like it, he screams at you.' The boy is obviously heading for a career in management.


Making economics sexy is not an easy task. Reviewing Sex, Drugs & Economics by Diane Coyle for MT, Kate Barker discovered it can also be a serious one. Barker replaced DeAnne Julius as one of the four external members of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee in June 2001, and was previously chief economist at the CBI. She made an impressive impact in the 'Britain's 50 Most Powerful Women' list in MT last June as a new entry at No. 7.


Whose job is public safety? The private-security sector is a growth industry operating prisons, mounting patrols in well-heeled suburbs, and even running cell blocks in police stations. In MT this month, Stephen Cook, a former crime writer on the Guardian, relates the rise and rise of the security man, uncovering an industry worth pounds 4 billion and growing: 'There are those who now predict that the private sector will one day take over the beats of the local bobby.'


As someone who has criticised many aspects of UK management, Simon Caulkin perked up on visiting the shortlisted candidates for this year's manufacturing awards: as good as a holiday, he says. Previously an editor of Management Today and author of MT's very first attempt to identify the UK's best factories back in the '80s, he would love to see in the winners the emerging elements of a vibrant, distinctively British management style. Caulkin also writes for the Observer.


'Portrait and people' photographer Samuel Ashfield was on his first assignment for MT when his wife went into labour, later giving birth to a daughter. Twenty-five years later, he was snapping factories for this month's MT Awards for Manufacturing when that daughter gave birth to his first grandchild, Pacey. 'I took four rolls of film of her in 15 minutes.' Ashfield's portfolio includes corporate portraits for Siemens and Unilever, and photographing a heart-bypass op for BUPA.


In addition to his Motormouth column, this month Stephen Bayley also reveals what your company car says about you. Since 1969, he has owned a Ford Cortina, MG Midget, Citroen Dyane, Citroen GS Break, Ford Capri, Renault 5, VW Scirocco, Audi 100, Audi Quattro (x5), Audi 80 quattro (x2), Fiat 500, Saab Turbo, Fiat Uno (x2), Mercedes-Benz 230T, Fiat Panda, VW Corrado, Ford Explorer (x5), Renault Scenic, and Ford Maverick. Bayley sold his classic cinquecento earlier this year, weeping on the occasion.

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