Monthly Archives: September 2002

Jan Kraus, actor and commentator

Written by: Martin Zika Art: Nenad Vitas What did you want to be when you were a kid? An adult. What are your favorite fictional characters? D’Artagnan, Jean Valjean, Gary Cooper in High Noon, and similar romantics. Your reason for living? To enjoy life. What truth would you like people to know about you? That…

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How effective is 360° feedback?

Written by: Renée LeMoine Photo by: Lubomír Fuxa (1-3), Tomáš Kubeš(4) Vladimír Pešek Project director, New Day Activity Marketing My most interesting experience with 360-degree feedback was as part of a senior management development program, whereby my employers wanted to make a thorough assessment of performance and training needs, towards devising a development plan for…

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Look & Listen

Written by: movies Memento Inventive and engaging film about a man with short-term memory loss trying to piece together and avenge his wife’s rape and murder. Told backwards, the narrative motion makes us feel the confusion, delusion, and frustration of the main character (Guy Pearce), while the plot’s noirish style keeps you thinking well after…

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Josef Rakoncaj: Life above the clouds

Written by: René Jakl Photo: René Jakl Josef Rakoncaj was the first man in the world to climb the 8,000-meter Himalayan K2 peak, twice. To create a successful business, he had to adapt the “free” approach he used on his expeditions. How much is the Himalayan expedition about the climbing itself and to what degree…

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Pushing ‘e’ beyond the buzz

Written by: Jasna SýkorováThe recent obsession with e-business and e-commerce did nothing if not inflate already outsized expectations. In the wake of expired hype and hand-wringing, why are local companies still making considerable investments? Hardware vendors: tailor made Anthony Hasek Photo by: Vladimír Weiss Selling high-tech hardware, by definition, requires an intimate knowledge of everything…

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ISSUE #83

Written by: John Letzing A tablet of MP3 Tiny and almost indistinguishable as an MP3 player, Digitalway’s MPIO-DMK is nonetheless fully equipped with 128 MB of storage space, a back lit LCD, and 10-hour battery life with a single AAA battery. Ideal for listening while exercising, it goes for a suggested retail of CZK 6,500.…

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Auto-matic shopping

Written by: Martin Zika While buying a car online is not quite like buying a CD or even a computer, there is still much to be gained from investigating the “network of all networks.” Those without a web presence may not agree, but car dealers who have wisely put their stock online claim that internet…

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In the water’s wake

Written by: Jasna Sýkorová Photo by: Tomáš Kubeš Firms that were affected by the August floods had one thing in common – the element of surprise. No one could guess how high the water would go or whether it would threaten their operations. AT EIGHT in the morning on Tuesday, August 13 – the first…

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Organic corporate growth

Written by: Klára Smolová Photo by: Petr Poliak Eva Štěpánková Czech cosmetic firm Ryor is known throughout the entire country, and its products can be found on shelves worldwide. How did owner Eva Štěpánková lead her firm to such a significant market position? “RYOR, CZECH DIOR”, people sometimes say. Perhaps this is one way for…

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One life is not enough

Written by: Jasna Sýkorová There are people for whom career accomplishments are not enough. Some work on parallel projects, others go off in a completely different direction. The common denominator is creativity, endurance, and a will to do it “their” way. Pavel Slabý Photo: René Jakl IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE someone can manage several advertising…

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