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Myer chief Bernie Brookes became the latest senior executive to resign from the company this week as it struggles to adjusts to a new economy. Julian Smith/AAP

Lessons in management from Qantas and Myer

Firms can choose to manage for growth or cost cutting, but either way need to know what they are good at.
A war footing for business? DVIDSHUB

Planning for war: a guide for businesses

The turmoil of 2014 was a timely reminder to businesses that they need to be prepared and have contingency plans for global conflict. The crisis in Ukraine brought Russia and the West to the brink of military…
Is everything awesome for the CEOs at Davos? julochka

Has the CEO really changed or is it business as usual?

Are you a conscious leader? In recent years, the role and self-image of the CEO has apparently changed. The idea of conscious leadership arose out of the conscious capitalism movement and changes the game…
Don’t let stress get the better of you. Michal Kowalski/shutterstock

Explainer: what is emotional intelligence and why do you need it?

British politician, Andrew Mitchell is clearly a highly intelligent man. He’s well-educated, good at his job and was once tipped for the political heights. But his behaviour that came to light as a result…
Francesco Botticini’s The Assumption of the Virgin shows the heavenly hierarchies at play.

Modern management’s angelic legacy is stuck in the past

One of the oldest assumptions about organising comes directly from the angels. In the 5th century, the mysterious theologian Pseudo-Dionysius wrote the definitive book on angelic hierarchies, Ecclesiastical…
Seeking higher consciousness in the heart of capitalism. Byron Barrett

Conscious capitalism: how to make the most of the kindness in business

When companies start to struggle, some people hope that the idea of corporate social responsibility (CSR) can help CEOs understand themselves and learn to adapt, but too often that is engulfed by traditional…
One pie too many? hey skinny/Flickr

Pie Face collapse a lesson in biting off more than you can chew

Tolstoy’s opening line in Anna Karenina was: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” The same can be said of most businesses – the recipe for success is simple…
Brand Beckham. Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Four things Posh Spice can teach budding entrepreneurs

Victoria Beckham has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by Management Today. She topped their list of 100 successful entrepreneurs thanks to her fashion company’s turnover, which has grown from £1m to…
Cream of the crop. Pay slip via ShaunWilkinson/Shutterstock

Hard Evidence: are UK headteachers the highest paid?

While teaching unions continue their campaign for higher pay for teachers, there is less clamour for headteachers to earn better salaries. With reports that 40 headteachers are paid more than the prime…

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