lucy podcasts

Do teddies have a place in the boardroom?

Research from an expert in ethics at Harvard University suggests people behave better when teddy bears are in the...

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Chief Googler’s ‘amazing’ clichés are dull and void

Larry Page’s thinking on his decision to spend $12.5bn on some mobile handsets, patents and set-top boxes is woolly...

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Anti-PowerPoint revolutionaries unite

The ubiquitous piece of software can leave one feeling grumpy and passive and in no frame of mind for proper work,...

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Cheers to those with a glass half-empty

In business, optimism is good and pessimism bad. Optimists have a monopoly on success, on...

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You’ve got mail but you need to get your life back

Everyone agrees that we spend too much of our lives e-mailing. Everyone agrees that the answer is to write fewer,...

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A need to please can get you into trouble

Two different women, both of them up to their eyes in different sorts of trouble, last week put forward the same...

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Despite the offer, I won’t fill in for DSK

I don’t like the idea of deputising for someone who was sorting out the financial crisis and might have been...

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Must I remember my kids’ ages just to log on?

In the early days of computers I never forgot my password because the top secret word I’d chosen was ‘Kellaway’,...

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The dull names of those who rose

Research shows that with CEOs overwhelmingly having boring first names, the drearier the moniker, the greater the...

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Drivel is in the detail with CEO pay

The reams of justification for executive remuneration are mind-numbing and likely to make one succumb through sheer...

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You might be a genius but I wouldn’t tell you so

Even though I prefer to have genius status granted for big things, I’m prepared to accept it for any achievement at...

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Tablets to cure our smartphone sicknesses

Last Monday, when Kerry McCarthy MP got up to speak in the House of Commons she made history – not for the words she...

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Writing is on the wall for ‘customer care’

A letter posted on a lavatory wall to amuse with its verbosity highlights the deficiencies of another missive by a...

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China rekindles fondness for western ways

In accepting the invitation to go on a debating tour, I had expected to return with a mind full of management ideas...

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Business leaders are worse than they think

When it comes to describing their dark sides, leaders feel bound by one rule: any weakness is perfectly admissible,...

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Pen and paper: the forgotten management tool

Last week I went out for a pizza with a man I hadn’t seen for a while. The bill was low; I picked it up. Two days...

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America’s Next Top Student

She is beautiful, rich and famous. She has two television shows, one of which is named after her. She’s got her own...

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Talk like a loser and you might win

When I watched Tim Armstrong on CNN last week talking about the brilliance of his decision to buy the Huffington...

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Two banks, a conman and a homeless bloke

Last week, there were two stories in the papers about bankers being taken for a ride by conmen and nutters. Both...

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A good employer offers more than Botox

Last week, Fortune magazine published its latest survey of the 100 best companies to work for in the US. As I...

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