Alex Ferguson: “One of the pupils at Harvard said to me, ‘What do you know now that you wish you’d known 30 years ago?’ - and it’s communication. When I was younger I wanted to rule the world and do everything.”

When Sir Alex Ferguson became a professional footballer in the early 1960s, he earned £16 a week (£300 in today’s money) in a sport that was a solid (...)

It’s natural to feel worried or insecure about your ability to manage someone who has superior experience
How to lead staff smarter than you
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  • August 14, 2015, 13:00

Getting promoted to a job that includes responsibility for areas outside your domain can be downright terrifying. Your employees may ask questions tha(...)

Planning ahead and thinking about ways to cope with possible disappointment may be useful for results day. Photograph: Thinkstock

Disappointment is an inevitable part of life. Everyone feels it at some point and it can be a difficult feeling for any person to bear. But disappo(...)

Harvard MBAs are increasingly foregoing signing up to do ‘God’s work’, as Goldman Sachs head Lloyd Blankfein previously put it in favour of jobs in tech companies. (Photograph: Max Whittaker/ The New York Times)

Ruined weekends, PowerPoint drudgery and overnight shifts in Manhattan skyscrapers once were a point of pride for the Harvard Business School graduat(...)

Negotiating, especially on price, is one of the most important skills a manager needs yet it is an area many professionals feel uncomfortable about. F(...)

“Tough” managers often mistakenly think that putting pressure on employees will increase performance

There’s an age-old question out there: is it better to be a “nice” leader to get your staff to like you? Or to be tough as nails to inspire respect(...)

Harvard Business School: the study conducted by Harvard Business School professor Tom Eisenmann and DocSend looked at 200 start-ups that successfully raised more than $360 million, from a range of top venture capitalists. Photograph: Stephen Rose/Liaison

Have a start-up looking for funding? Know you are going to be the next big thing? You have just under four minutes to use your “pitch deck” – your dec(...)

 Former Apple chief executive Steve Jobs (left)  and Microsoft’s former head Bill Gates. Photograph: AFP

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates had a prickly relationship. On the one hand, their two companies did significant business with each other. But the two men (...)

Clearing a path: intense emotions may lead us to make misguided decisions or outright disastrous ones

Think about a time you were weighing an important decision at work or considering a big expense such as a buying a house, making a hefty financial in(...)

Ruth Porat of Morgan Stanley: feeling the lure of the Golden State. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

It’s easy to understand why Ruth Porat, one of the most powerful women on Wall Street, would leave her job as chief financial officer of Morgan Stanle(...)