‘What-if’ musings that drive leaders mad

The heroic all-or-nothing strategic decision is largely a fiction

FT | Biz Life Author Margaret Heffernan photographed at her home in Farrington Gurney, Somerset with her cat 'Braveheart'.. 25th June 2014 Pic Gareth Iwan Jones
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Margaret Heffernan: collaboration at work

The executive and writer warns of the dangers of competition

In defence of angry office outbursts

The sanitisation of workplace feelings has gone too far, but useful rages take practice

LinkedIn boss is wrong on poaching staff

Most leaders will authorise all available methods, from money to menaces, to keep their best staff

‘Driving Honda’, by Jeffrey Rothfeder

Why Honda, not Toyota, may be the Japanese company for multinationals to emulate. Review by Andrew Hill

Philip Clarke, CEO of Tesco's is pictured in central London FOR COMPANIES
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A stepping stone links Tesco and Man Utd

It may take one leader to start the turnround and a second to pursue the new course

Cool heads improvise in crisis and calm

Leaders and their teams who become too wedded to one approach may be doomed

Executives monitored like star athletes

Jamie Dimon’s curable cancer disclosure was textbook but gadgets can make transparency problematic

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The right to be noticed online

Forget the ‘right to be forgotten’ and raise your Google ranking

Share out surplus entry-level candidates

Details from recruitment drives would benefit other entities


Andrew Hill picks his books of the year so far

Attack on disruption theory is a misfire

A broadside against disruptive innovation is misplaced

Rules alone will not stop bad behaviour

Lloyd’s of London has mastered a complex, self-regulating balancing act

The legacy of an African web pioneer

A recently deceased entrepreneur was convinced of the enormous promise of the continent he loved

Multinationals owe fealty to us all

Multinationals need to lay down roots wherever they grow

Why business cards are as popular as ever

As more people are connecting virtually, the networking value of a personal meeting increases

A new £15,000 book proposal award

Financial Times and McKinsey team up to encourage future authors

The power of peer-to-peer puts the corporate persuaders in their place

Brand management needs to keep evolving

Time for consiglieres not vain alpha CEOs

Teams sharing leadership will be more productive than those with a traditional status-based model

How young and old can rub along

While the notion of respecting your elders is dying, those elders are working for longer


Andrew Hill Andrew Hill is an associate editor and the management editor of the FT. He is a former City editor, financial editor and comment and analysis editor. He joined the FT in 1988 and has also worked as New York bureau chief, foreign news editor and correspondent in Brussels and Milan.

Andrew was named Commentator of the Year at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards, where he also received a Decade of Excellence award.

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