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Made in Britain: Helen Moore

Banish all thoughts of Bet Lynch, this week's column looks at a company producing a very modern kind of faux fur<p>A surprise hit of London Fashion Week last month - off the catwalk at least - were Helen Moore's faux fur collars. Worn over T-shirts, jumpers and biker jackets, these candy coloured …

Alternative Health: the metabolic balance programme

Petronella Ravenshear explains the nutritional programme that re-sets hormones in order to reach a natural weight<p>She’s far too nice, and too English, to brag, but then it soon becomes clear that the nutritionist Petronella Ravenshear doesn’t need to. She has the facts and figures that will do the …

A new exhibit at the Museum at FIT explores elegance in an age of crisis. See more photos and read quotes from the curators here: http://ow.ly/thNDK

Gwyneth Paltrow is best dressed in Prada. Of course. http://ow.ly/thL86

Lisa Armstrong

Head of Fashion

How Google Sold Its Engineers on Management

Artwork: Chad Hagen, Graphic Composition No. 1, 2009, digital<p>Since the early days of Google, people throughout the company have questioned the value of managers. That skepticism stems from a highly technocratic culture. As one software engineer, Eric Flatt, puts it, “We are a company built by …

UK tech entrepreneur Lynch backs augmented reality start-up | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Mike Lynch, who sold software firm Autonomy to Hewlett-Packard for $11 billion (6.73 billion pounds), is backing a start-up focused on augmented reality - the ability to overlay information on a real-world background which some see as the next big digital craze.<p>The technology …

Great Leaders Don't Need To Be The Smartest Person In The Room

In an interview with the New York Times, Lynn Good, CEO of Duke Energy, describes what she sees as the difference between a great leader and a smart individual. The question was one she focused on when charged with merging the staffs of two companies — Progress Energy and Duke Energy — early in her …

How To Build A Team Of Owners, Not Employees

Ownership mentality is not a new idea.<p>Many people have discussed ways to foster this culture within an organization.<p>If your startup is challenging an established industry, hiring owners is a critical consideration. While equity can represent the financial reward for taking a risk and joining your …

Barbara Corcoran: Ladies, If You've Got It, Flaunt It

That's the message New York real estate mogul and ABC's "Shark Tank" investor Barbara Corcoran was trying to get across to women in business at a recent promotional event for the show's new book, "Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business."<p>"If you've got sex appeal, big boobs, long legs... why wouldn't …

How Google Convinced Its Engineers That Managers Matter

A fascinating new feature in the Harvard Business Review explains in depth how Google's HR employees answered a question that's dogged the company since its founding: Do managers matter?<p>The reflexive position for engineers, Google's key internal constituency, is that managers are unnecessary, …

Angela Ahrendts: A Leader's Greatest Legacy Is How They Handle Succession

In her recent post on LinkedIn, Ahrendts writes that "too often management transitions are viewed with fear or suspicion" by leaders when they should be seen as a "natural and healthy organizational evolution." In short, when it's time to step down, you should do so willingly. Up until that point, …

How Doug McMillon Went From Unloading Trucks At Wal-Mart To Its Next CEO

But unlike many CEOs of massively profitable companies, McMillon started out at the very bottom of the company he's going to lead. And not as an intern or management trainee. The Arkansas native spent two summers as a teenager unloading trucks at a Wal-Mart distribution center.<p>Here's a look at …