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(...)

Christoph Mueller, who turned around Aer Lingus as it was contending with budget airline Ryanair Holdings, faces a similar task as Malaysia Air struggles to fend off AirAsia Bhd., the region’s biggest low-fare carrier. (Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters)

Christoph Mueller will embark on one of the toughest jobs in aviation, turning around an airline that has lost two jets and 537 lives this year. The 5(...)

 Florian Homm: “The path I took for 30 years made me one of the world’s richest Germans, but it brought me nothing on the inside.” Photograph: Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images

If anyone makes a film of Florian Homm’s life, the pitch to the backers would be: “German Wolf of Wall Street encounters the Virgin Mary and has Saul-(...)

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

Last week I spent some time with an entrepreneur I know. When I last saw him he was training for an Ironman, that inexplicable race in which you swim (...)

We’re all a little bit crazy – and at some point most managers have certainly felt that way about their subordinates. But maybe you’re the one drivin(...)

Prof David Bell of Harvard School of Business at Bord Bia’s Pathways for Growth seminar in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Irish food industry must consolidate, get out of the “commodity trap” and exploit its potential for aquaculture.That was the message from Prof Dav(...)

A female investor suggested to Sheri Atwood that she dye her blonde hair darker to be taken more seriously by venture capitalists. Atwood says the recommendation underscores an attitude in Silicon Valley that women make second-class entrepreneurs. Photograph: Beck Diefenbach/Reuters

When she started her child-support tracking business SupportPay, Sheri Atwood expected all kinds of suggestions – but not the tip she got from a fe(...)

Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen predicted the iPhone would not succeed. Now, the business guru explains, it was disruptive after all; the market disrupted was for laptops rather than mobile phones. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

Last week, I described the responses of music and book publishers to digital technology. The evolution of these industries illustrates the “innovator’(...)

Wall Street: For junior employees at investment banks, landing a job with a private equity firm can mean moving to the middle of a Wall Street war

A battle is raging on Wall Street as never before, with powerful factions scrambling for control of a precious resource. On one side are the giant inv(...)