Food for thought

Smart business is good business. Here are some thoughts to provoke, challenge and inspire.

Should business shut for 2 weeks in August?

MT Asks: Should business shut for 2 weeks in August?

We all expect a mandatory shut down during the festive season - why not have...

New PM

MT Asks: What do CEOs want from the new Prime Minister?

As the UK gears up for a new leader, MT asks CEOs and experts what...

pinkwashing

Don’t fall into the trap of ‘pinkwashing’

Changing your company logo is not enough to show your support for your LGBT+ colleagues...

 How to know when you've overstayed your welcome

How to know when you've overstayed your welcome

“I didn't have the right experience for the next phase of growth, so I resigned,”...

Child holding sign saying "act now"

What some leaders have in common with two-year-olds, according to a corporate philosopher ...

In Conversation With…Roger Steare on why the current definition of profitability is a fraud, why...

Coach

5 things the best executive coaches will always do

Executive coaching is very effective, but only if it's done well. MindGym's chief behavioural science...

Meet Cadbury's heir

Why chocolatier James Cadbury turned down a £75k investment

Chocolate entrepreneur, James Cadbury, on sustainability, assumptions based on his famous surname and turning down...

FairyTale

Is successful change a fairy tale?

LONG READ: Why storytelling is a critical skill for leaders managing business change, explains a...

Primark click and collect

Why is Primark finally going online?

Primark has finally joined the digital sphere with a trial click and collect service -...

TV didn't kill radio. The Metaverse won't replace reality."

What radio can teach leaders about the metaverse

"TV didn't kill radio. The Metaverse won't replace reality," says the CEO of ad agency...

WTF is a WFH uniform?

WTF is a WFH uniform?

Opinion: Dictating what your workers wear is a great way to tell them not to...

Activist investors

Activist investors: helping or harming?

Engineer turned activist investor Mark van Baal argues activist investors can help major oil and...

tax plan

Why trying to predict the tax landscape is unusually hard right now

Tim Sarson, head of tax policy at KPMG UK, unpacks the recent low-tax rhetoric from...

Radha Vyas

"I refuse to feel shame for the failure of my business"

When adventure travel company, Flash Pack, went into administration, founder Radha Vyas certainly had regrets....

Davos 2022

5 takeaways for CEOs from Davos

What were CEOs discussing at this year’s World Economic Forum? Mai-Britt Poulsen reports.

Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink on motivation: "Don't escalate the stakes too much"

Lost your mojo? Focus on small wins and take breaks - they are part of...

Chris Hirst

Chris Hirst: Prioritise "the first five"

*It doesn’t have to be five. Hirst explains why prioritising your core team is crucial...

Why unicorns can't retain their start up culture

Drop the obsession with "preserving culture" as you scale, blasts top CEO

“It's impossible that the culture that made a company successful at 100 people, will be...

Silver exodus

The rise of the ‘silver exodus’

Over-50s are resigning at an alarming rate and are unlikely to return to the workforce...

Renting office space

Is renting office space the answer for businesses looking for new revenue streams? ...

MT Asks: As Tesco jumps on the remote working hype and offers up office space...

CEO pay rises

CEOs see pay recover to pre-Covid levels

While the UK workforce struggles to make their pay packets go further, those at the...

"Don't just jump on the NFT bandwagon"

"Don't just jump on the NFT bandwagon"

Here’s how an art gallery successfully stepped into the NFT world - and its co-founder's...

Meeting free days

Is it time to introduce meeting-free days?

Keeping a day free of meetings can help boost productivity and empower your employees

Rory Sutherland

Rory Sutherland: What electric car manufacturers can learn from men's hats in the ...

The case for collective campaigns: why working with your competitors may be the most beneficial...

Jeff Dewing

WATCH: The "tough" leader who cried during an all-staff meeting

Showing emotions can be your greatest strength in times of crisis

Rachel Garrett

How one profitable company manages the four-day week

CEO and owner of CMG Technologies, Rachel Garrett, makes every week a bank holiday for...

Michelle Matherson

"Part-time work creates a better balance for your mind and soul”

The BBC's creative diversity partner Michelle Matherson works three days a week and believes owning...

7 alternatives to redundancy

6 ways to cut costs without making redundancies

Businesses may need to cut costs as the economic situation worsens. But they should resist...

Power Part Timers

Is part-time still a dirty word in business?

Two job-sharing intelligence chiefs save lives and still work part-time. It's time to drop the...

Timewise

Revealed: The Power Climbers 2022

The rising stars of Timewise's Power List, proving that being part-time needn't be a cap...

TImewise

Revealed: The Power Part Timers 2022

The Timewise Power List showcases the country's most dynamic and successful part-time and flexible workers....

Tick-boxing exercises don’t encourage inclusivity.

“Please don’t hire me just because I am a young woman of colour” ...

Tick-box exercises don’t encourage inclusivity, writes Dârini Vedarattiname.

Why it’s time to add a “gemba day” to your working policy

Why it’s time to add a “gemba day” to your working policy

The company that makes Ribena is encouraging its office workers to visit blackcurrant farms as...

Cost of living

The cost of living crisis is here to stay for the next decade, ...

The economic headwinds are not looking good, according to one economist. Here’s what businesses need...

The entitlement gap

Yet another blocker to female career progression - an 'entitlement gap'

Women feel less entitled than men to ask for a pay raise, according to LinkedIn’s...

Jacob Morgan

10 skills leaders need to navigate the new normal

What skills do leaders need to navigate the new normal? Jacob Morgan, the author of...

Gen Z

Watch out: Young workers would rather be unemployed than unhappy at your firm ...

Gen Z and Millennials are not afraid to walk out of a job, research reveals....

The latest toxic management style: decision dodging

Introducing the latest toxic management style: decision dodging

Five ways to recognise if you're a "no-decision" manager – and what to do about...

Spring book recs

Spring reading for CEOs

Whether you’re looking to create a more inclusive company culture or simply wanting a fresh...

How CEO traits could be to blame for cyber attacks

Cyber attacks: how CEO traits could be to blame

The same characteristics that help promote people into leadership roles impact the organisation’s response (or...

Insolvency

How do you solve a problem like insolvency?

With insolvencies set to rise in 2022, what can businesses do to avoid going under?...

Anti-vaxxers

Does freedom of choice have consequences?

A flurry of high-profile employers have announced they’ll give less sick pay to staff that...

Boris Johnson

Is the CBI doing its job?

The Confederation of British Industry positions itself as the 'voice of British business'. But as...

Why it’s time to drop the job title chairman

Why it’s time to drop the job title chairman

Study shows that the masculine title chairman is sexist and undermines women's roles as leaders...

 What employers can learn about the "great return" from a military wife (ID:1751510)

What employers can learn about the 'great return' from a military wife

For many, the experience of being asked to work from home and then return to...

paternity leave

General Mills launches inclusive parental leave policies

The food company is bolstering its parental leave policies to support new fathers

Dawn raids have gone hybrid

Watch out - a corporate dawn raid could be coming to your home ...

Now that business leaders are working from home, their homes could become the scene of...

Was P&O's mass sacking legal?

Was P&O's mass sacking legal?

What are the legal implications of insensitively firing 800 employees on the spot via a...

Spring statement

Spring Statement: A win for SMEs

As the “year of the squeeze” bites, the nation tuned in to the Spring Statement...

Elon Musk condemns Ukraine invasion

How business leaders are reacting to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

As the world watches the crisis escalate, here's how some of the world's most high-profile...

Where does the FTSE 100 stand on Russia?

Where does the FTSE 100 stand on Russia?

Around 20 out of more than 400 businesses quitting Russia over its invasion of Ukraine...

Parker Review

Majority of FTSE 100 meets ethnic diversity target

Progress is being made towards improving the ethnic diversity of FTSE 100 boards, finds Parker...

Why it's time to be upfront about salary

Why it's time to be upfront about salary

You wouldn’t shop in a supermarket that doesn’t list its prices, so why should we...

Azeem Rafiq

Your worker has spoken up about racial bullying - here’s what to do ...

8 steps for supporting an employee who has experienced racial bullying in your workplace.

 The she-cession: Why have all the women gone?

The she-cession: Why are so many women leaving the workforce?

Leaders must prioritise retaining their female talent as they draw up their post-pandemic workplace strategies...

Mary Ann Sieghart

"We make it far harder for women to succeed"

We need to stop underestimating women and recognise their barriers to success, argues Mary Ann...

translation

10 of the biggest corporate translation fails

Translating English words or phrases into another language is a lot more complicated than you...

Don't be a founder

Why it's time to drop the job title 'founder'

Be the chief or be the boss, but don’t be the ‘founder’, writes Otto Stevens,...

Leadership lessons from call centres

3 leadership lessons from working in a contact centre

Stacey Hill is Sky Connect's director of operations and CX. Here she explains what she...

Should leaders get a second chance to atone for a transgression?

No chance, last chance or second chance?

Should leaders get a second chance to atone for a transgression?

staff absences

Could staff absences have a silver lining?

Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc. But are staff absences a blessing in disguise if they...

Image credit: Mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

Do entrepreneurs and managers earn too much?

The idea that top managers are overpaid is one of the most popular clichés in...

Simon Hayward

Why this CEO thinks spending time in nature is the key to great ...

Dr Simon Hayward, chief executive, Cirrus (part of Accenture), and author of The Agile Leader...

Nick Matthews

"He showed me simplicity is the key to getting things done"

The leader that made me: Culture Amp's general manager and vice-president EMEA describes how his...

IVF

What having IVF taught me about supporting staff undergoing fertility treatment

Fertility care should be considered a medical need not a lifestyle choice, writes founder of...

Government Covid support

Is the Government doing enough to help businesses during Covid?

MT Asks: Almost two years on from Britain’s first lockdown and as offices re-open, business...

Four day week

Four-day week: How to know if it’s right (or not) for your firm ...

Q&A with business consultant, Jane Sparrow, on what to consider before condensing your firm’s working...

Drag show

How to show (non-tokenistic) support to your LGBTQ+ workers

Thinking of sending out a generic tweet? Think again, says the director of Edinburgh Pride....

MT Front Cover

Quiz: How many UK places can you find on our front cover?

For a bit of Friday fun, see how many cities and towns you can spot...

Offices open for business

It's official: the office is back

Remember when workplaces were seen as environments people put up with? Not anymore – staff...

Beware of self-censorship

Your workers are hiding what they really think - that's a problem ...

Workspaces should be safe for disagreement, not from it, argues Simon Fanshawe, author of The...

The four-day week - or three day weekend - is on trial

Leaders give their verdict on the four-day week

MT Asks: With working from home and flexi-hours increasingly becoming workplace norms, why not also...

Meeting etiquette

Another coronavirus casualty: Meeting etiquette

In a digital era where we no longer see our peers leaving their desks to...

Boris Johnson

How to manage a liar

No-one likes people who are economical with the truth. But workplaces are surprisingly full of...

Partygate

Sue Gray report shows why “psychological safety” is so critical at workplace

Sue Gray's report into Number 10 found staff "felt unable to report or challenge poor...

António Horta Osório

Should a rule-breaking boss always step down?

As Credit Suisse’s António Horta-Osório steps down for breaking covid quarantine rules, Bojo has apologised...

Brian Palmer CEO, Tharsus

“Hedging your bets is one of the worst things you can do as ...

Tharsus CEO Brian Palmer has just stepped back after years of bringing robotics into the...

Shadow board

A new way of leading: use a shadow board

How do leaders avoid becoming 'out of touch'? BAE Systems’ director Jo Massey, who runs...

Where have all the people gone?

Where have all the people gone?

Why are businesses moaning there aren’t enough people to fill their vacancies? Are employers looking...

Tim Collins, CEO and co-founder, Creed

How a company run by and for Gen Z behaves

Trailblazing social media music promoter, Creed, is led by a Gen Z’er, employs Gen Z...

Trends for 2022

What's in store for 2022?

To help glide into 2022 more smoothly, MT asked a range of experts to share...

Moral-boosting tips

How to boost staff morale

MT Asks: What is your company doing to motivate staff as another year of the...

Theatre

The show will go on! How one theatre company is surviving the Covid ...

For Seatplan’s CEO Ben Jackson, adversity hasn’t just come from theatres being crippled by Covid-19...

Peter Drucker

Why Peter Drucker still matters

The man who helped invent modern management was at the height of his fame in...

Time to take a sabbatical

Why it’s time to take a sabbatical in 2022

Here’s what you should know about hitting pause on your career, from a seasoned sabbatical...

Wellbeing

How to get results while taking care of your wellbeing

Get your New Year’s resolution in early by learning how to rewire your brain to...

The first British woman to summit Everest

Leadership lessons from the first female Brit on Everest

Rebecca Stephens was the first British woman to climb Everest and the Seven Summits. Here’s...

2022 reading list

The New Year reading list for CEOs

From navigating increasingly digital and global teams, to coping with a job loss, MT rounds...

MT's most popular stories of 2021

Management Today's most popular stories of 2021

From how to spot a narcissist in the workplace to why the label “imposter syndrome”...

colour

What colour is your business?

Understanding the impact of colour may have a significant effect on your business, writes Paul...

The dustbin of 2021

What should leaders stop doing in 2022?

MT Asks: Leaders consign lip service, traditional working hours and forecasting among other practices to...

Getting ahead of the game

Employees say they are 'radically changed' by the pandemic

Young people have been permanently changed by Covid-19 – meaning managers need to get ahead...

Planet over profit

Businesses need to step up - they can't survive in societies that fail ...

Leaders must participate in a necessary, fundamental reimagining of business in order to future-proof their...

Don't panic over BoJo’s WFH orders

Why businesses needn’t panic over BoJo’s WFH orders

Opinion: Employers should worry more about creating a workplace that staff want to return to...

Rory Sutherland

Rory Sutherland: Beware data, it can blind you to the obvious

In his first column for MT, renowned behavioural science expert and Ogilvy vice chairman Rory...