Lucy Kellaway answers readers MBA queries

An aspiring student asks whether his head or heart should rule

The next problem: Do I stop rumours I’ve had an affair with my boss?

I’m partly amused at the stupidity of it but cross at the misogyny

Should I snitch on someone over expenses?

My colleague laughed when I accused him of unethical behaviour

Team cares more about loo rolls than budget

Financial targets and cash constraints cause colleagues’ eyes to glaze over

How to mentor an obnoxious graduate trainee

An insolent and lazy 22-year-old mentee is testing my patience

Graduate talent makes a mentor seethe

A banker resents the arrogant lazy trainee he is nurturing

How to flirt your way to the top

A banker proud of his ‘professional’ manners is dismayed by the popularity of a new colleague

Dear Lucy . . . 

Agony aunt Lucy Kellaway takes a firm line on soft skills

Must I shell out on every staff gift?

The collection plate goes round too often - can I ignore it?

Can I decline the job move collection?

Even internal moves prompt a whipround for a donation among staff

Rise above a conniving weasel colleague

A member of my team withholds information, tells tales and my boss doesn’t know about it

How to handle a non team player

One member is prone to finger-pointing others to managers

Was I in my job too long?

I am job hunting and suspect I’m disadvantaged because I stayed with my last company for 18 years

Is doing an EMBA fair on my family?

Should I let my company choose my business school?

Should I tell my new boss the truth?

I kept quiet when I should have told my forbidding superior that she had lipstick on her teeth

Should I thank my boss for my bonus?

An analyst asks if he has committed a serious faux pas for not thanking the boss

Stalled internship

An English intern at a German company finds that she is sidelined

Am I better off going to a bigger-brand school with more of a reputation?

Lucy Kellaway on whether location matters when studying

My smoking boss

A male in his 20s is irritated by his boss’s frequent absences while he nips out for a smoke


Dear Lucy Lucy Kellaway, FT columnist and associate editor, offers her solution to your workplace problems in a fortnightly column in the Financial Times. In this weekly online edition of her 'agony aunt' column, readers are invited to have a say too.

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