In MT's book section this month, Lloyds TSB boss Peter Ellwood checks out Beating the 24/7 by Winston Fletcher. Ellwood, who also chairs the DoE's Employers for Work-Life Balance forum, has urged the Government to deploy a little balance itself in relation to a stream of investigations into the financial services sector. He was commenting after Lloyds reported flat half-year profits and escalating bad debts following this year's global stock market turmoil.
Four years ago, Maureen Rice left her job as editor-in-chief at IPC magazines to become an editorial consultant and writer. For this month's MT, she reports on the role of personality and attitude in work/life balance, updating her evaluation of the subject for the magazine last year. 'Balance is 50% objective and 50% subjective,' affirms Rice. Her own sense of balance comes from being freelance, which she loves: 'I choose my own work, and I don't get bossed around by half-wits.'
A year on from 11 September, MT's features editor Andrew Saunders investigates the state of the European airline industry in the slipstream of this century's most cataclysmic event. While researching the feature, and in an attempt to reinvent himself as a method writer - the 'Robert de Niro of journalism' - Saunders took to the skies, flying a plane for himself. When he took an aerial lesson on his birthday, he was told to leave his leather flying helmet on the ground.
Guy Browning considered delegating his review of Walking Tall - Lesley Everett's guide to dressing for success in the modern workplace - to his alter ego, MT's resident cavemanager John Weak. Luckily for Everett, he thought better of it. When he's not getting inside the head of MT's anti-hero, Browning pens the odd book himself. His latest, Grass Roots Management, is the result of 'a sacrificial burning of business cliches before sifting through the ashes to uncover the remaining nuggets.'
Matthew Lynn, who starts his MT interview job-share with an analysis of National Trust boss Fiona Reynolds, is no stranger to business profiles. He previously interviewed the likes of Lord Browne and Michael Dell for the Sunday Times. 'Looking at the influential close-up,' he says, 'you realise they are just a bundle of anxieties and insecurities like everyone else.' He writes novels under the pen name James Harland and his latest thriller, The Month of the Leopard, is now out.
This month's cover depicts MT's survey of the European airline industry and was, says illustrator Chris Robson, inspired by Paul Nash's painting 'Battle of Britain'. Robson's precise style has won him commissions from the Guardian, Time and NatWest, among others. 'My strangest job was illustrating a collection of contrasting examples of the male organ for a women's mag,' he recalls. When not juggling deadlines, he spends his time protecting his home from his very mobile 10-month-old son, Lucas.