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It is better to be a cokehead than a blockhead

Lucy Kellaway says to eradicate those truly unsuited to office we need random checks on their level of knowledge

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Ups and downs of taking the stairs

If people used the stairs, we would be deprived of the office equivalent of behind the bike shed, says Lucy Kellaway

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Why it is very clever to pretend to be stupid

Disarm others, make them forget you are scarily powerful and lull them into liking you, says Lucy Kellaway

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The bike test shows what I’m like at work

Lucy Kellaway says bosses can learn much by watching a prospective employee on a bicycle

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Nine valuable lessons from rubbish jobs

A diet of drudgery in a takeaway might seem wholesome but it does open the eye to better things, says Lucy Kellaway

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Distraction beats doctors for back pain relief

Germany, strong enough to carry southern Europe on its back, stays home at the slightest twinge

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Competence beats confidence every time

Lucy Kellaway says it’s all very well thinking we are good at what we do but it’s better to try to be good at it

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Ryanair volte-face shows feedback is best given face-to-face

To bring about change, it is criticism delivered in person by random strangers that counts, says Lucy Kellaway

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Global business has led to greeting hell

Lucy Kellaway says welcoming gestures require global regulation to spare us crushing embarrassment

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Compliments are always best made behind closed doors

On praise, the experts have got it wrong: it should almost never be given in public. It is a dangerous, corrosive...

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A cure for the pangs of cyber comparisons

Lucy Kellaway says gauging yourself against others is a nasty drip-drip of poison into the bloodstream

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Working round the clock is a poor use of time

It is a mystery why the banks inflict a working day on employees that exhausts them, says Lucy Kellaway

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Bezos is a disrupter, only not at home

The vitamins-socks-wife combo was not quite Watergate but hints at something slightly creepy

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Abuse of language keeps going forward

Talking like a regular human being does not guarantee success

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With jobs, make sure it pays to play

To work for free means you value yourself at nothing, and that should make you feel bad indeed, says Lucy Kellaway

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Words that warn you not to open an email

What is the most off-putting thing you can write in the subject line of an email? Lucy Kellaway has compiled a list,...

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How the Rolling Stones keep time on their side

Lucy Kellaway says the stubbornly enduring group stays that way by flouting the rules in every success manual

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The buzz of hot-desking in a coffee shop

A ‘tall’ beige milk comes with unlimited table, chair and WiFi – but my back is killing me, says Lucy Kellaway

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The New Lady of Threadneedle Street

Lucy Kellaway says the position of chief operating officer signals a sad succumbing to the language of corporate America

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Wake up! Time for a good night’s sleep

Sleeplessness is the biggest reason for me turning up crabby and inefficient in the mornings

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