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

In 1990, when I had been at the Financial Times only a shortish time, the then editor resigned. I liked him; he had been kind to me and I was sorry to(...)

  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.

Not long ago, thousands of workers in the US were asked if they fancied the idea of being promoted to the rank of manager. You might have thought they(...)

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

In the early 1980s I spent the most hateful year of my working life in the foreign exchange dealing room of what was then Morgan Guaranty in London.It(...)

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

In the past few months I’ve realised something odd about myself. I’m not frightened any more. All my working life I’ve been scared. Scared of failing.(...)

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

Brand has been good at many things in his 39-year life. He has made people laugh. He has made them cross. He has had a genius for getting into scrapes(...)

Stanford University. Its ambitious female MBA students gathered together to have the hard skin rubbed off their heels and their nails painted cerise and blue, while at the same time being told by McKinsey how great it would be to work for the world’s most formidable management consultancy.

At Stanford business school, one of the hardest to get into in the world, the female MBA students are hot property. Everyone wants to hire them. The p(...)

Being in the library at opening time is only cool if you’ve been up all night. Photograph: Getty Images

When I arrived at university in 1978 I was driven by my mother in an orange Citroën Dyane with a cardboard trunk containing a few books and my Patti S(...)

A Moleskine notebook: ‘Electronic diaries are slowcoaches compared with the speedy paper version.’ Photograph: Daneil Rodriguez/iStockphoto.com

Last week I fell in love all over again with my purple Moleskine diary. For a while over the summer I’d joined the modern age and started organising m(...)

As eBay clearly demonstrates, consumers are sometimes irrational. The data show auctions with an opening bid of 99p get buyers so excited they usually end up bidding the price up more than when the starting bid is higher. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Matt is a 17-year-old schoolboy who in the past couple of months has spent more than £600 on tickets to Glastonbury, Reading and assorted other pop fe(...)

Sir, – Why does Lucy Kellaway (“Why are we more vocal about loo rolls than our jobs?”, July 21st) think that being treated “like factory workers” by m(...)