John Reed

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Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson: “It is unfair . . . to try and retain the authority you once possessed. You have to let go and let the new man and the new regime do what they think is best.” Photograph: Oli Scarf/AFP/Getty

Alex Ferguson, the former manager of Manchester United, once offered this universal truth about how to behave towards a successor: “It is unfair . . .(...)

Diane Keaton arrives for the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Gala   in Hollywood where she received a lifetime achievement award earlier this month. Photograph: EPA/Paul Buck

Will Diane Keaton be like Diane Keaton? It’s not such an absurd question. Forty years ago, in Annie Hall, she played a character with the actress’s ow(...)

Writer-director-actor Warren Beatty in Los Angeles: “Rather than sit around and mourn the demise of the big screen and an audience of hundreds, we should be waiting for a revival of movies that are not sequels: a revival of the unknown.” Photograph: Emily Berl/New York Times

There’s a photograph of Warren Beatty that I’ve often wondered about. In it, Nancy Reagan is beaming like a star-struck teenager. Warren Beatty is bes(...)

Hard to change: outmoded habits are often the same ones that knitted the old organisation together

Every organisation has ghosts. Not shrieking spooks exactly, but the sort of behavioural ectoplasm that clings to companies long after change has supp(...)