Monthly Archives: November 2004

Rough hewn

Written by: Štěpánka Strouhalová Alena Matějková Photo by: Věroslav Sixt Progressive glass artist Alena Matějková sees the creative process as conquest. Thus she turns out works that are primarily monumental, technically demanding, and distinctively “branded”. ALENA MATĚJKOVÁ, who is currently completing her doctoral studies in the glass studio at VŠUP (Institute of Applied Arts), first…

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Aesthetic rules

Written by: Štěpánka Strouhalová Photo by: Hana Hamplová Activa, an office supply company, has moved to a new building in Prague’s Letňany district. The interior’s simple and subdued character allows a dynamically functional solution to dominate. “We wanted to create a polished work environment, but I confess that it’s the prettiest corporate headquarters in its…

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Chasing a promotion

Written by: Renée LeMoine Photo by: Vojtěch Vlk “My performance reviews are always positive, yet I was recently passed up for a much-anticipated promotion. When a mountain climbing team is being put together, the leader will choose not only the most technically competent climbers, but also those who possess personal characteristics that enable them to…

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Marcel Grün: “I don’t know the word relaxation”

Written by: Monika Mudranincová Photo: David HolasThe 58-year-old chief of Prague’s Observatory and Planetarium, director by day and astronomer by night, claims that if he wants his subordinates to give 100%, then he has to give 150%. You’ve been the director for just five years, but you’ve been at the Planetarium for over forty. Is…

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Faster, more mobile business

Written by: Jason Hovet Photo by: Petr Poliak With fast-moving business professionals being offered more tools and better technologies to stay in touch, who really needs to go to the office anymore? THE LAST YEAR saw some long-anticipated technological upgrades, but, as many hope, this was only the beginning. For one, in early August, Eurotel…

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ISSUE #107

Written by: Todd F. Shaw Beauty tames the beast Harman Kardon’s AVR 630 is a 7 x 75W 7.1-Channel A/V receiver that proves beauty is much more than skin deep. It delivers pure sound with all the latest surround modes, including Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, HDCD processing and HK’s own Logic 7 processing,…

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Toys: not for adults only

Written by: Jiří VašekOnce in a while you have to make yourself happy and buy something nice to wear, a treat to eat, or something to play with. If you’re embarassed to go to a toy store, just browse the internet. Once you’re tired of them, you can give the Barbie Doll or Matchbox racer…

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Unicorn: one-of-a-kind solution

Written by: Tim Gosling Photo by: Jan Vágner Unicorn is a leading Czech IT company. The owners aim to be the biggest, and claim that the key to their success is sticking to their principles, while remaining ready to adapt. Vladimír Kovář VIENNA, 1991. Vladimír Kovář, a 29 year-old computer programmer from Prague, stands in…

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Great places to work

Written by: Jason Hovet Photo by: Vojtěch Vlk From cafeteria-style benefits to targeted training, employers are putting more power in employees’ hands. Empowerment seems to be what workers want as these great places to work show. IN THE PAST, when students were looking over companies at career day events, typical questions would center around salaries…

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Eliška Hašková Coolidge: “I never look back”

Written by: Monika Mudranincová Photo by: Vojtěch Vlk At age 8 she fled communism and went west, where she built a brilliant career – 27 years in service to the US government under five presidents. Eliška Hašková Coolidge, a member of the Czech national elite, is an inspirational conversationalist. In 1948 the communists took your…

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