The prioritising of quality, the customer and sound business values over pure profit-chasing is a theme that runs through this issue.
Welcome to the May issue and this month we're focusing on growth and success.
As I write, the day after the budget, media analysis of the chancellor's measures continues.
Spring is just around the corner, and for many of us it can't come quick enough.
As I write, the comment on the demise of HMV rumbles on. There's a lot of talk about the famous old brand being a victim of the new online world order.
Happy new year! I hope you all had a great Christmas and a relaxing break. This month's issue looks at new starts – both personal and professional.
Welcome and I am delighted to welcome you to a celebratory issue of Director.
Heritage – and how we can innovate to build on it – seems to be the subject on everyone's lips right now.
This issue celebrates business vision and, as we all return from the summer relaxed, refreshed and with a clearer mind, it’s time to reassess business and start to focus on plans for 2013.
This letter is being written the day after former Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond appeared at the Treasury select committee and claimed he had no idea of the greed and corruption
happening on his watch.
As I write the sun is shining and jubilee fever is building all over the country – and it's a welcome light relief from the runaway train that is the eurozone or our own double-dip recession. This month's focus, though, isn't on gloom; it is looking towards the future – our young people, what we can do for them and also what we can learn from them.
Over the last month, I've chatted to many business leaders and there seems to be a very quiet, reserved consensus that things are gradually getting better. The whisper is that the second half of the year will see a dusting down of plans that had been put on hold at the end of 2011 and that businesses are getting ready to (carefully) invest again.
As I write George Osborne has just announced his budget – fiscally neutral, not a vote winner but, he promises, a budget that "rewards work" and "unashamedly backs business", and keeps the UK on course to avoid recession. What will it mean practically for British business?
It's a mad, mad world out there but this volatility seems here to stay. And as this month's cover star, the inspirational Kevin Roberts, says you can hide and hope it will all go away or you can change your thinking, buckle up and enjoy the ride.
One month into 2012 and two themes are emerging above all others - responsible capitalism and collaboration.
I love the new year and the clean slate it brings. And I like to make resolutions, the improvement one rather than the "giving up" ones - they're so much easier to keep.
From the revolutions in north Africa and the Middle East uprisings to the Occupy Wall Street protest and the euro crisis, 2011 will deserve quite a few pages in the history books.
My first Director of the Year Awards Final in September was a celebration of your dreams
We need to bring the UK's young people into work both for their dignity and the health of the nation
Amid the current gloom the one thing that shines through is the resilience, creativity and optimism of British businesses
Before teachers, lecturers, civil servants and other public sector workers walked out in June, protesting against proposed pension changes, it was going to be the largest day of strike action since the 1980s
If ever there were an antidote to the new warnings over the UK economy's fragile state, it would be listening to a group of entrepreneurs talk about their businesses
The green agenda: those three words often draw a weary sigh from directors
Do you sometimes feel like you're in the film Groundhog Day? You can't shake the feeling that you've been there and heard that before? The mooted £100m Enterprise Zones initiative and the publication of Lord Davies's review into women in the boardroom are cases in point
If leaders claim successes in the good times, they should look to themselves when customers are leaving and things aren't going well
Perhaps the UK would be more certain of a sustainable future if there were more Leahys and fewer overpaid bankers
We need a new capitalism for Cameron's Big Society
If we're to have any confidence in free market capitalism, the cult of the celebrity CEO must end
The vast majority of directors are positive about their prospects for 2011
Should we force boards to recruit female executives?
Behavioural economics is having an increasingly influential impact across UK boardrooms
The seven myths of entrepreneurial Britain
Are entrepreneurs born or made? It doesn't matter as long as we support and educate them in the right way, argues Richard Cree
The country seems more gripped than ever by how important entrepreneurs are to recovery
Regardless of government cuts, innovators and entrepreneurs will make their mark and launch new ventures
The inflexible, command and control management structure of the Royal Navy is a myth
What makes a great entrepreneur?
Quango bashing may be popular, but it threatens the development of young entrepreneurs
How good are you at coping with change?
Board diversity should be much more than counting the men and women at the table.
According to the CIPD’s research, overall standards of living are dropping and levels of job satisfaction are down. The only indicator that’s up is job insecurity.
Are TV entrepreneurs the new chefs, or will the appetite to start businesses remain long after
Dragons' Den is gone?
If the manager is responsible for victories, surely he is equally to blame for the flops?
Creating the right environment for small firms will be critical to the future of the economy
Maintaining morale and high performance is an important part of any leadership role
If someone had told me when I was younger that I would one day be able to carry a phone around in my pocket, I would have laughed
What effect will Nouriel Roubini's double-dip recession have on our fragile coalition?
If the political products are the same, all that's left is the brand.
Entrepreneurs want enterprise education to be boosted
This election offers a good deal of petty politics, but no real leadership
There is a real desire to create business confidence
Social enterprises can help create a broader collection of stakeholders
How do we make the UK the best place in the world to both start and grow a business?
Direct objectives don't always deliver
We should all celebrate our ability to start something, politicians included
Disillusioned entrepreneurs should sign up to the Enterprise Manifesto
Translating political ambitions into actions and policies hasn't always gone so well
The deficit debate would be easier to resolve without competing cabals of economists
Leaders often become as stale as the products they are selling
Spyker's purchase of Saab provokes a fascinating clash of cultures
Management pay packages are reaching ludicrous levels
While the latest evidence suggests that last year wasn't nearly as catastrophic as expected, few seem overly optimistic about 2010
Too many research projects are designed to benefit the sponsor
Kraft's purchase of Cadbury is unlikely to proceed without job losses
UK workers are still addicted to commuting
Predicting the future is tricky but it seems a safe bet that this will be another tough year
For many, 2009 was about survival
A better sort of networking
The Pre-Budget report offers stimulus now, but pain later
The Walker Report is a light-touch solution
Help for dyslexic directors
The EU must avoid a popularity contest
The automotive sector must innovate to survive. Thankfully, this year's crop of engineering students agree
The age of "managerial politics" lives on. But is this such a bad thing?
Could more women make a difference to industrial relations?
Is now a good time to start a business?
Welcome to the era of macroeconomics
Are the Tory's ideas all that different to Labour's?
"This recession has knocked some of the wind from generation Y's sails"
"Having just got out of intensive care, few banks are keen to jeopardise their wellbeing for others"
"Banks may be hiring traders on fat salaries but many small businesses are struggling"
"At some point people will have to stop moaning about being in a crisis and start looking for ways out of it"
"This year, in theory, is a golden chance to put the UK back on the tourist map"
"A reality TV series about making people redundant on live TV is an alarming prospect"
"It's entrepreneurs that will pull us out of this recession, however big and dark those clouds may be"
"When was the last time you had an upbeat conversation about work?"
"The UK economy is in for some kind of beating"
"There's more to business than returning a financial profit "
"A recession may present dangers and difficulties, but it also offers opportunities"
"People want to buy an Audi at the moment, because it is a sexy brand"
"Anecdotal evidence suggests that the coming Christmas trading period will be the worst for 30 years"