Look to university leaders to fill corporate boards

There is plenty of overlooked talent in the public sector and at the helm of Britain’s universities

At board level, switching sectors should be easier

Several chief executives have moved industries recently, but it is more diffcult than it should be

The women in line to chair the big companies

Names of candidates most likely to rise to the top

Canadians move to the UK and Brits return the favour

What is it about the vast empty spaces that brings so many of them here?

It is never too late for an alternative career

We have many years to achieve things we want

Stick with languages for global success

Should the government intervene to create a more level playing field for language learning?

Did Arctic conditions drive away assistant?

The law and temperatures in the workplace

Take inspiration from new British chief of McDonald’s

Steve Easterbrook has a CV that makes him a welcome role model

Davos is a good spot to find your next job, CEO or not

The forum allows you to build relationships with career-influencing people, more quickly than any other event

Cultivate your ‘third dimension’

Gain new skills beyond your day job

I’m a convert to the value of executive education

I used to scoff at executive MBAs. But not any more

Enforced gardening leave is outdated

There are better places for finance executives in transition

There is no such thing as ‘employer brand’

Where people want to shop is also where they want to work

Closing the gender gap requires initiative

Do venture capital funds think women are only good at shopping?

Work experience: an essential socialising influence

Some of our best hires have been people who have done summer jobs with us

Public and private sectors benefit from two-way traffic

Moral hazards must be weighed against benefits

Inquire about your candidates’ passions, not career paths

Find out what motivates people applying to your company, writes Mrs Moneypenny

Never have so few worked so hard for boardroom equality

Headhunters do their bit to get women to the table

Make yourself interesting, learn about wine

An impressive qualification can boost your appeal, writes Mrs Moneypenny

Recruiting outside London? Follow the US Army’s lead

When recruiting for jobs outside London, it pays to watch the US Army

Covering letters are more important than your CV

Make it quick and easy to read as people today are more time-poor than ever

For opportunities’ sake, let us hope the Scots vote to stay

Young Scots should vote to stay in the union and stay mobile

Tips for parents of post-GCSE children

Do not wait until they are eighteen to discuss your children’s career interests

UK parents, plan now for your 16-year old’s career success

The coming months are critical in preparing post-GCSE children for their careers

Tips for a healthy workplace

You could consider working standing up or maybe cycling to and from work

Stand up for yearly check-ups and stay in good health

Prevention is more cost-effective than cure

Control in a cockpit is usually clearer than in a corporation

The person in charge is not always the one behind the impressive-sounding name plate

Board appointments for women show virtues of self-regulation

‘Let’s fight one battle at a time. Let it be the one with greatest advantage from winning’

UK leads the way on NED term limits

As Glencore today became the last FTSE 100 company to put a woman on its board, the UK’s more subtle approach is showing its merits

Top tips for hiring a business coach

You are never too good for coaching – it makes good business sense

My coach may have it tougher than Amélie Mauresmo

You need a coach, even if you think you are too old or too good for one

Don’t underestimate girl hurricanes, editors

‘As for a ‘top-down’ style of managing, what else are you expected to do as a boss?’

Helping hand for ousted MEPs is good for democracy

‘I don’t know about you, but I want someone representing me, because who knows what the EU would decide if we had no one doing so?’

Top tips for the Chelsea Flower Show Gala

Apply early and for dinner tickets. They are more expensive but the odds of getting a ticket are better

The power of Chelsea’s flowers lies in their admirers

‘Flowers are good for your career, at least if you aspire to public company boards’

Top tips for getting ahead in the car industry

Start early. Getting your career going at 19 always helps

The shocking truth of Citroën’s new CEO

Is Linda Jackson an anomaly or a trend starter?

Big changes at Barclays need deft handling

As with any change programme, inevitably there will be a lot of personal uncertainty for those involved

Ability, not sexual orientation, is what matters for CEOs

‘Thirty years ago, people worried about others knowing they were Jewish – such concerns are unheard of in the UK today’

Top tips: how to stand out on LinkedIn

Navigate the corners of your career like Lewis Hamilton


Mrs Moneypenny is a former investment banker and has an MBA from the London Business School and a PhD from the University of Hong Kong. She is a visiting professor at Cass, City University Business School, and a trustee of a major educational charity. She is married to a wine merchant who plays a lot of golf, and has three children who she refers to as the Cost Centres.

Mrs M began writing for the Financial Times in 1999 while still based in Tokyo. Subsequently, she returned to the UK and bought into a small but profitable business in the West End of London, where she was the youngest and worst-groomed of four owner-directors. She later led a management buyout and is now the majority owner. She is the author of Mrs Moneypenny: Survival in the City (2003), and Mrs Moneypenny: Email from Tokyo, (2006).

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