Monthly Archives: July 2002

Dynamic interiors

Written by: Štěpánka Strouhalová Photo by: Věroslav Sixt The painter Oto Bláha, who designs the interiors of prestigious hotels and restaurants, claims that if a graphic artist has the right feeling and the idea, he can create anything, from a postage stamp to a submarine. BLÁHA studied graphics, but the artistic illustration market was stagnant…

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Simple and practical

Written by: Klára Smolová Photo by: Hana Hamplová Offices of the top management of Škoda Auto are situated in an unusually designed building, dubbed “The Pentagon”. The interiors, however, are anything but military – a lot of light, modern furniture in nice colors, and many well-kept plants. The office of Vratislav Kulhánek, chairman of the…

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Beyond one’s control

Written by: René Jakl Photo by: Ivan Malý Force majeure. An irresistible force.” With this nearly mystical characterization the Black’s Legal Dictionary begins to interpret the term vis maior. The reality of legal relationships is more pragmatic. In most cases, what matters is whether a committed entity, is or is not responsible for failure to…

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Maintaining staff loyalty

Written by: Renée LeMoine Photo by: Ivan Malý Despite the fact that our company offers comprehensive training, and pays well, we still have a large employee turnover. Have you come across any research that might shed some light on this issue? There is so much research in this field that I couldn’t possibly begin to…

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How does one evaluate a successful career?

Written by: Renée LeMoine Photo by: Archiv (1,4), Petr Poliak (2), Tomáš Kubeš (3) Petr Draxler Human resources manager, Motorola The true measure of career success is neither about the genteel job titles, nor about the post the employee holds within the company’s structure. The true measure is rather about the continuously increasing level of…

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Zuzana Baudyšová: Managing with compassion

Written by: Monika Mudranincová Photo: Petr Poliak Zuzana Baudyšová, the founder and the director of Nadace Naše dítě (Our Child Foundation), explains the ins and outs of managing a team that may have to deal with 2,000 desperate phone calls a day. What does the Our Child Foundation do, and what kind of problems do…

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The second French wave

Written by: Jasna Sýkorová Last year the French rivaled the Germans in terms of investments in this country, ranking just behind the number one foreign investor. The interest shown by the big players also opened eyes at medium-sized firms, which decided to come here at last. Jean-Christophe Oioli Photo: J. Vágner JEAN-CHRISTOPHE OIOLI, the operations…

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ISSUE #82

Written by: John Letzing Rough and tumble Panasonic’s latest Toughbook notebook, the CF-28 (with rubber sealing and power lock), is designed to weather all manner of calamity while still delivering the goods. Included is a touchscreen, Pentium III processor, and 128 MB of RAM. CZK 219,000. Pocket video Despite appearances, it’s not a mobile phone.…

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Vacation time!

Written by: Martin Zika The calendar and the weather are both telling us that it’s summer, and time for a well-deserved rest after a year-long grind. Why should you visit travel agencies to arrange a suitable excursion when you can do practically the same thing from your home or office? http://www.e-holiday.cz The e-holiday club associates…

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Ten years under the belt

Written by: Gustavo Monge Photo by: Archiv & Jan VágnerIn an era of tired fast food, one company found success offering something fresh. The Crocodille sandwich company has arrived big-time, as a popular entrée in the diets of grateful diners. YOU’VE SEEN them in grocery stores, gas stations and even small “trafika” or food kiosks.…

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