JOHN KAY: It's been all go for Kay since he ceased work as an economics forecaster: he is a visiting professor of economics at the LSE, pens a weekly column for the FT - and he knocks books out too. His latest, Obliquity (see pp44-48 for a taster), looks at ways of achieving success, but not by the usual means.

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CHRIS BLACKHURST: Record company EMI has been synonymous with great acts through the ages (eg, the Beatles, Robbie Williams). This month, Chris Blackhurst interviews Elio Leoni-Sceti, charged by Guy Hands with running EMI's music business and - perhaps more urgently - with trying to recoup his £4.2bn investment.

ALASTAIR DRYBURGH: We persuaded regular contributor Dryburgh to take time out of his consulting practice (and disagreeing with everyone in his Don't You Believe It column) to share his recipe for success. 'Simply trying harder just won't work any more,' he says. 'It's a case of "be distinct or be extinct".'

ANDREW SAUNDERS: This month, MT deputy editor Saunders turns to drugs for an in-depth look at world no. 2 Big Pharma biz GSK. The firm behind Lucozade and the swine flu vaccine has a new boss: Andrew Witty is intent on revamping both its flagging business model and jaded public image. Strong medicine. Will it work?

JULIAN DODD: MT's photographer Julian Dodd was happy to head to EMI's HQ this month to shoot cover star Elio Leoni-Sceti. The 'super suave' Italian looked so good in front of the sculpture from the cover of Pink Floyd's The Division Bell album that Dodd couldn't resist a secret snap of himself in the same position afterwards.

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