The head of Accenture said  he is going to free all 330,000 of his staff from the charade of the annual job appraisal. Photograph: Getty Images

Last week I did the most unexpectedly uplifting thing I’d done in ages. I needed cheering as I’d just sat through a documentary in which the brilliant(...)

A man using his smartphone walks past an advertisement board for Japan’s Nikkei newspaper’s digital media on a street in Tokyo. Japanese media group Nikkei has agreed to buy the Financial Times from Britain’s Pearson for $1.3 billion. Photograaph:  Yuya Shino/Reuters

The takeover of the Financial Times by Nikkei is probably a surprise, at least to those outside the media. Nikkei’s long-term plan might become clear (...)

Recruiters and managers are so faceist that the good-looking have been found to earn some 10 per cent more than the bad-looking. File photograph: Stockphoto/Getty

Not long ago I found myself addressing a room full of newish hires at one of the big four accountancy firms. As I surveyed the crowd, I noticed someth(...)

Microsoft  chief executive Satya Nadella: “I want to share more on the overall context and connective tissue between our mission, world view, strategy and culture.”   To have a mission, vision and world view is greedy, but to have so many abstractions with lots of connective tissue between them leaves one feeling sick.    Photograph: Jason Redmond/Reuters

About 10 days ago, Satya Nadella sent a 1,500-word email to all staff to tell them about Microsoft’s new mission statement. A reader duly forwarded th(...)

Every chairman will say his board is ego-free. Photograph: Getty Images

Last week I received an email inviting me to join a panel of self-important people talking about something I do not know much about. I said no. It was(...)

“Mostly estate agents play no more fast and loose with words than other professions.” Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Over the past month or so I have been spending a lot of time with everyone’s least favourite professionals. Our house is up for sale and alternative h(...)

Tim Armstrong: see him on YouTube for a masterclass in how not to talk to staff, how not to motivate and not to lead.  Photograph: Victor J Blue/Bloomberg

Tim Armstrong is my favourite chief executive. I can’t think of anyone else who has provided me with such rich and varied copy over the years. Since h(...)

Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo: “As we iterate on the logged-out experience and curate topics, events, moments that unfold on the platform, you should absolutely expect us to deliver those experiences across the total audience and that includes logged in users and users in syndication.”  Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Twitter’s first-quarter earnings were a washout. It is not just that the numbers were poor or that they were leaked – there was another thing wrong wi(...)

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, who have been married for 21 years. Photograph: Elaine Thompson/AP Photo

To be a billionaire, the first thing you need is a personality disorder.That is what I had always assumed, based on my own experience of having interv(...)

Warren Buffett has done 50 years at Berkshire Hathaway, proving it is possible to be with the same outfit forever without becoming a gormless, unimaginative loser.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Last week I celebrated my pearl anniversary at the Financial Times. For the past 30 years I have been pitching up to work at the same place, week in, (...)