Alan Rusbridger: ‘An excellent editor, by most accounts, and can play Chopin’s Ballade No 1 on piano.’ Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Festival of sycophancy as ‘Guardian’ editor announces he is to step down

“One of the greatest puzzles about email is that despite the fact that we have spent several hours a day for the past 15 years practising, we are failing to show any improvement. Even on the basics, we are as clueless as ever.” Photograph: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire

Opinion: email is getting more aggravating but can be less of a nuisance

  A mere third of the workers canvassed by CareerBuilder said being a manager appealed to them. The remaining two-thirds said no thanks, I’d rather stick with the lowly job I have.

Climbing the corporate ladder has never looked less appealing

All office work viewed from the outside makes you glad you are not having what she’s having at all.

Opinion: white-collar work makes the worst spectator sport

At the end of each day of being boorish and unpleasant the traders would go  to the pub to be more so

Many traders were boorish, mean, sexist, racist barrow boys who operated a feudal system with its own hierarchy

As an employee, being fearless is not obviously an advantage.

If you are running a business and are scared of nothing, you are dangerous

At any given moment of the business day, millions of mostly pointless coffees are being had

Great ideas can sometimes come from a chat with the unlikeliest of people

There are far more fitness fanatics than fatties in corporate boardrooms. Yet the reason is not that extreme exercise causes extreme success, more that both are the result of the same personality defect

A testing fitness regime won’t make you a success, but it will probably make you dull

Russell Brand: “The reason I don’t vote is the same reason I don’t eat glitter; there’s no fucking point”. Photo: EPA

Over soup in an East End café Brand says capitalism has failed, gives money to a drug addict and tells Lucy Kellaway to shut up (...)

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