Microsoft mission statement’s empty words

After a lot of posturing, Satya Nadella slips in two words that mean something — ‘tough choices’

The dismal narcissism of step-counters

There is nothing morally superior about walking a lot — the craze is head-bangingly boring

The myth that ego can be left at the door

The ego that throws its weight around is the most tiresome. But the silent ego is most dangerous

Unproductive: caring too much does not make our employer any richer

Why not giving a damn is no bad thing

Caring about our work has become a weird status symbol. But it can make us mad and unproductive

Why we should love estate agents

Help is needed because even the sanest people become unhinged when buying and selling houses

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Interview: Shane Warne

The cricket legend talks about ageing, English cricket and the mistakes he’s made

I would rather shine shoes than be a banker

Why wielding a can of boot polish and a brush can result in greater job satisfaction

FT Weekend 30: Lucy Kellaway recalls her first-ever column

The FT star writer’s unlikely debut

Harsh lesson from AOL’s unappealing boss

He is living proof that it is nonsense to argue that the most successful leaders are the humble ones

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Apps that stalk should at least be clever

Crystalknows uses public information to fake empathy but the real thing is more reliable

Twitter and six common dictionary crimes

It was not only the social media platform’s financial results that were lowering

On board but far from bored

A mega-ship offers simulated skydiving, surfing and endless entertainment — can Lucy stand the pace?

Billionaires’ long marriages

Many of the super successful have stuck by their first spouse

A 30-year work anniversary is rare

If Warren Buffett or Carol Loomis can spend decades at one company, why not others too?

Companies’ hiring process is upside down

Senior staff should jump through the same hoops as new graduates

The powerful effect of being remembered

The more someone can recall all small talk at previous meetings, the more you like and trust them

Rudeness in reception may cost you

How people arrive at and leave an office building provides rewarding insights for companies

Motherhood is tough but it is not a job

Parenting is hard work that requires well honed management skills, only you do not get paid for it

Google CFO adieu is classic in iffy genre

His Kilimanjaro-inspired resignation memo mixes work-life epiphany with pitch for job offers

The pitfalls of constant feedback

Knowledge of how others rate us can be useful, but too much of it is unhealthy and confusing

ABOUT LUCY

Lucy KellawayLucy Kellaway is an Associate Editor and management columnist of the FT. For the past 15 years her weekly Monday column has poked fun at management fads and jargon and celebrated the ups and downs of office life.

In her 25 years at the FT, Lucy has been energy correspondent, Brussels correspondent, a Lex writer, and an interviewer of business people and celebrities for the Lunch with the FT series and the FT Weekend. Prizes include Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards 2006, Industrial Society WorkWord Award (twice), Best Commentator, Business Journalist of the Year Awards 2007 and the Wincott Young Financial Journalist Award. Her first book, Sense and Nonsense in the Office, was published by FT Prentice Hall in 1999. Martin Lukes: Who Moved My BlackBerry(TM) (2005) and In Office Hours (2010) were published by Penguin.

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