Weber Shandwick's chief executive relished the chance to get his mitts on a copy of Ronald Alsop's new book, The 18 Immutable Laws of Corporate Reputation, to review for MT. Byrne enjoyed it so much that he chucked the vintage champagne off his client Christmas list and added this tome instead.


In Russia researching for his biog of billionaire Roman Abramovich, Midgley entered a hotel lift and tripped over empty beer and shaving balm bottles. Explained his fixer: 'People who can't afford vodka say it makes a pleasant cocktail.' Midgley investigates Abramovich's management style for MT.


Since leaving Schroders at the height of the stock market boom in 1999, Bain has dedicated his time to writing about high finance. 'I was never very good at making money,' he says, 'so I decided to write about it instead.' This month, he delves into venture capitalism for MT's Survey of Surveys.


When a trip to Ethiopia to interview VSO volunteers came up, MT's section editor (on the right) was thrilled to go. 'Some volunteers have traded six-figure salaries for jobs in offices with intermittent electricity and interesting sanitation,' says Hoar. 'But at least job satisfaction is high.'


A pioneering portrait photographer and MT regular for more than 30 years, Griffin points his lens at the winners of the first MCA/MT Management Writing Awards, shooting four of them in a glam Daimler in his studio. Griffin's touring retrospective exhibition starts in Reykjavik in January.

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