McKinsey’s airy platitudes bode ill

Fifty years is a ludicrously long time to forecast

Mindfulness and home interiors

As the latest popular movement in mental wellbeing finds expression in design, Lucy Kellaway invites an expert to help harmonise her house

Cool students are more toxic than rich ones

Taking drugs, getting drunk, smoking roll-ups help at being cool and are still just as bad for you

‘How to Speak Money’, by John Lanchester

An entertaining guide to financial terminology. Review by Lucy Kellaway

No time for digital diaries

Users of electronic calendars can take six times longer to scribble something down

Enrol here for my eBay MBA

How online auctions can teach the business basics

I would hire someone despite a CV typo

To exclude a job candidate simply because they have transposed two letters makes no sense

Memo: don’t look at messages on holiday

There is never any excuse for attending to emails while on leave

Founder of the Everyday Sexism Project Laura Bates
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The Lucy Kellaway Interview: Laura Bates of the Everyday Sexism Project

Laura Bates was fed up with being hassled by men. So she launched the Everyday Sexism Project – a website where women can record sexist incidents, from the trivial to the traumatic. A staggering 600,000 have already done so

Microsoft’s ghastly ‘hello there’ memo

Elop’s job-loss announcement is a case study in how not to write, think or lead

Talk of loo rolls trumps reviewing jobs

People feel compelled to review everyday items but are more reticent regarding their work

Services pitches are a pantomime

The only excuse for a beauty contest is that you meet the individual people involved

Spy style guide misses grammatical target

The attention to detail in the CIA’s new guide is as impressive as it is pointless

Sheryl Sandberg adds to glut of non-apologies

I suspect that the vast majority of office apologies, delivered by both sexes, are insincere

Summer and strategies for avoiding work

Shirking is necessary for survival and is a vital skill, not only at the end of June, but all year

Out with the hunting and shooting set

A new package offers wealthy tourists the chance to spend the day stalking deer and still be back in central London for dinner

Review: Executive Presence

Sylvia Ann Hewlett’s guide is more image than substance

Diversity that can engender uniformity

A wide cross section brings the risk of groupthink

Apple has fallen for a descent into drivel

The ugly words suggest the group has got too big to hang on to what once made it different

The dangers of passion for your work

All the average employer wants is people who like their job and care about it


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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