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  • The other way to spend the coming holiday

    Cinese New Year is on the way. It will be little more than a week before Hong Kong residents are forced to stay away from the office for three days. Perhaps they should reconsider.

    • 31 Jan 2013
  • A management style that we can all drink to

    Kazuo Inamori has become, overnight, my hero. He impressed the wannabe deal-maker in me last year, when Japan Airlines — the company which he has run for the last three years — pulled off the biggest IPO in Asia. But he has moved up close to divinity with his latest revelation: he used beer to improve employee performance.

    • 25 Jan 2013
  • Research? Yes, sir, it’s a dead cat bounce

    In case you haven’t heard the story, a man in the US outsourced his own job to a company in China. He still went to work, but instead of actually doing his job, he watched cat videos on YouTube, followed inane trends on Reddit and shopped on eBay. Seriously.

    • 18 Jan 2013
  • Basel and time: All it takes for me to give up

    For those of us who make New Year’s resolutions ambitious enough to cause cataclysmic withdrawal symptoms, the start of the year is a dire time. But at least we’ve had a high-profile example that it’s okay to give up early.

    • 11 Jan 2013
  • Look out, it’s a zombie! Oh, hello Mr Smith

    The Mayans were wrong. There was no apocalypse. But that hardly seems like such good news when you look out of the window. Zombies have taken over our streets.

    • 04 Jan 2013