A year in a word: Vlogging

For fame-hungry teens, vlogging is the latest route to stardom

The secret lives of elves

Moonlighting as Santa’s helper requires patience and perkiness

Picture shows Manj Weerasekera. Photograph for Biz Life. PHOTOGRAPH BY DANIEL JONES 2014 07815 853503 info@danieljonesphotography.co.uk www.danieljonesphotography.co.uk

The man who mends careers and hearts

Coaching executives with problems in love and work

BIZ LIFE Dick Mullender a former policeman and hostage negotiator who is now a business coach. Credit: David Parry/ FT
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A hostage negotiator’s business tips

From mediating the release of captives to training executives

Kew for Working Lives. Dr Maria Vorontsova, Grass Taxonomist, studies Andropogon itremoensis Voronts. Collected in Madagascar in 2012, the existence of this species is evidence in favour of the natural origin of central Madagascan grasslands. Before it was thought the grasslands were anthropogenic

The joy of discovery for plant hunters

Careful botanists have replaced the adventurers of the past

Mission to bring US glitz to UK football

Mullin helps sports franchises build relationships with fans

Woman Screaming at Anoher Female on White
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Global army hot on the trail of trolls

Content moderators that go to the dark side of web

Advertisers’ ageing dilemma

The ad industry is noticing differences among older consumers

Andrew Ballheimer, Sara Pickersgill and Claire Coppel (blonde hair) from Allen & Overy. Photograph: Rosie Hallam

Three generations in one office

Millennial, Generation X and baby-boomer colleagues on their jobs

Ursula Brennan of the Ministry of Justice.
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From Waitrose to Whitehall

Ursula Brennan and Mark Price bonded through a public-private exchange

The benefits of being a real fraudster

Frank Abagnale has put his audacious teenage escapades to good use

A thirst for ancient wine and beer

Patrick McGovern reconstructs what our ancestors drank – for sale as well as study

Mannequin makers with a head for figures

Proportion’s owner-managers see a future for skilfully made models

How to market brand Beyoncé

The R&B megastar is fond of risky commercial decisions

Book review: ‘Leading The Life You Want’

Springsteen is saluted for integrating work and personal life

Persuasion for the time-pressed executive

Robert Cialdini believes that thinking small can play a large role in winning people over

Is the midlife crisis just an excuse?

The malaise seems to hit employees earlier

Commerce summer camps for teenagers

Holiday groups have found how to teach business to youngsters

A hacker mindset for accelerated success

Book review: Smartcuts by Shane Snow

A heartfelt mission to end career hookups

Dating website founder wants to inspire more career monogamy


Emma Jacobs
Emma Jacobs' new column Working Lives takes a look at thriving and dying jobs amid the economic downturn. She also writes features and interviews across the paper, including for Weekend and UK news, but with a particular focus on Business Life, exploring business culture and entrepreneurship.

Jacobs has been at the Financial Times since 1999, working on UK news, companies, markets and FT.com.

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