lucy podcasts

Pointless conditions should not apply

I was sitting on a train coming back to London after a board meeting in Cardiff. Life felt good: the meeting had...

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Finnish lesson on principles for Goldman

Lloyd Blankfein is in need of advice on the principles of business. Fortunately, I have just the man to give it to...

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My awards for management guff

At the beginning of every year I hand out prizes to companies and individuals who have shown the greatest flair in...

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Better to waste time at the office

Even though it’s a weekday and during working hours, I’m in bed. The reason for such slovenliness is that I’m not...

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Two memos divided by understanding

This week I’ve decided to focus on two things that are always popular at this time of year. Layoffs and stand-up rows.

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A glimpse of ambassadorial life

Last Monday I had a delightful lunch with the turkey ambassador. He didn’t appear to know anything much about Ankara...

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Better to save face than look in the mirror

At a party last week I met a man who told me he had just lost his job. I commiserated, but he said it was OK, he was...

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Breaking the glass ceiling at home

On the front of Wednesday’s Financial Times was a picture of Kate Middleton smiling adoringly at the future king of...

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Being happy is a serious handicap

There is a teenage boy I know who worries me quite a lot. He was born to a good family with plenty of money. He is...

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Listening to customers can be bad business

Management accepting humiliation in order to satisfy customers seems like a good thing but Gap’s climbdown on its new...

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We need more CEOs willing to speak out

Everyone lives in mortal dread of getting into trouble – CEOs are all shacked up together in a glass house in which...

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Power posing and flattery beat an MBA any day

To make it, you simply have to fake it, according to Lucy Kellaway

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Words to describe the glory of Apple

Like most Brits, I find success in others pretty hard to cope with. When that success is ?combined with good looks, I...

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Why CEOs cry all the way to the bank

Bob Diamond is full of energy and enthusiasm. He likes taking risks. He is determined: he knows what he wants and...

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Twitter is no way to manage a smelly mess

On the bank holiday weekend, the political satirist Armando Iannucci was driving along the M40 to spend a couple of...

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Personal life has invaded the office

Over the past decade there has been a steady onward march of objects, activities and emotions from hearth to cubicle,...

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Antidote to the dreariness of modern life

Last night I did what I always do when I am feeling jaded - I got out my boxed-set of Mad Men and immersed myself in...

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Why financiers are leaders in drivel

The e-mail was waiting for me on my return from holiday, just as I knew it would be. Shortly before I went away, I...

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Nice dud is key to office harmony

Last Tuesday, during the final assembly of the year at my daughter’s school, pupils said ?goodbye to a teacher who...

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It’s time to sack job appraisals

Last week an e-mail went round the office touting for suggestions on ways to improve our performance appraisal...

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