Dividing people into winners and losers might seem like weirdly reductive behaviour, but Alastair Campbell was once the British Labour Party’s director of communication and strategy, where he thrived on reduction. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On the cover of Alastair Campbell’s new book, Winners and How They Succeed, there’s a big number “1” made from the names of the subjects and interv(...)

Richard Dawkins: a prolific thirdpartybragger. Photograph: Don Arnold/Getty Images

Last week Harris Wittels, the man who coined the phrase “humblebrag”, died at the unconscionable age of 30. In his memory I’ve been sifting through so(...)

Battered image: Tesco’s auditor, PricewaterhouseCoopers, warned in May of the “risk of manipulation” of financial results. photograph: jeff j mitchell/getty images

The announcement that Tesco is to be investigated by the UK’s serious fraud office has once again shone a light on murky accounting practices in the c(...)

 Alex Ferguson and David Moyes: Ferguson’s “hairdryer treatment” became the stuff of legend, whereas Moyes’s interest in management theory was seen by some as a sign of weakness rather than evidence of an inquiring mind. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

The most poignant detail in the fall of David Moyes concerned his reading matter on the flight back home from his team’s Champions League defea(...)

 Patty Stonesifer, head of Washingtoncommunity organisation Martha’s Table,  flanked by economist Jeffery Sachs  (left) and Ted Turner. Photograph: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

So when a woman is rolling in millions and has no need to work ever again, what does she do?Festoon herself with Birkin bags? Deck herself in Tiffany’(...)