Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010


In researching how God's Managers climb the church hierarchy, Peter Stanford was relieved that his early life of piety ended in being sacked as an altar boy after spilling communion wine. He later spent four years as editor of the Catholic Herald and now writes for the Sunday Times and Independent among others. His book The She-Pope, probing the medieval mystery of Pope Joan, is published in paperback by Arrow this month.


In our expanded books section, Professor John Kay, an incisive commentator on business and management, gets to grips with Peter Drucker's latest offering, Management Challenges for the 21st Century. Kay, who at the age of 21 was appointed an economics fellow at St John's College, Oxford, is now the Peter Moores Director of the university's Said Business School. He is also a co-founder and a current director of London Economics, an independent consultancy.


Our guide for a tour of Britain's Most Creative Offices is Jeremy Myerson, director of the Helen Hamlyn Research Centre at the Royal College of Art, an institution with a remit to explore 'design for our future selves'. The London-based writer and researcher has a special interest in innovative offices and revolutionary ways of working. His book, The Creative Office, is published by Laurence King in October.


Motor Mouth columnist Stephen Bayley thinks that cars speak volumes about their owners, and he kicks off this month with 'BMW man'. An author, design consultant for the likes of Alfa-Romeo and TAG-Hauer, and one of the country's leading commentators on the status and meaning of brands, Bayley was the creator of the Boilerhouse Project at the V&A and the resulting Design Museum, and was the outspoken former creative director for the Millennium Dome.


A former business and political writer for the Sunday Times and the Independent, now deputy editor of The Express, Chris Blackhurst is not easy to impress, but he was struck by Sir Dennis Stevenson's 'portfolio life' as Mr Indispensable to so many big organisations. Chris himself, a man with a mortgage that creases his ample brow and three children who put the smile back on his face, has written for Management Today for many years and now launches our diary column.


It was all business, says photographer Harry Borden, after shooting Granada's Gerry Robinson. 'He did it and then it was on to the next thing' - which Borden found to be a welcome counterpoint to dealing with Hollywood types. Winner of two World Press Awards for his photographs of entrepreneur Richard Branson and singer Bjork, his pictures appear regularly in The Observer. His photograph of the Spice Girls hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.

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