Food for thought

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

Unengaged employees

Do you know the real reasons your employees are keeping schtum in meetings? ...

Fed up with employees' blank faces and buttoned lips in meetings? Researchers have identified four...

How to know when it's time to leave your job

It's time we celebrated quitting.

AI

The AI wave is coming in hot: will you surf or sink?

Definition's group CEO says she is 'paranoid' about AI. Here she explains why and how...

Hannah Penn and Harriet Knight

Why you might be inadvertently sabotaging your diversity agenda

Would-be job candidates are being deterred before they even reach the application stage, argue the...

Arriving office

Is it up to senior staff to set an example when it comes ...

We ask CEOs whether it's up to senior staff to coax employees back by showing...

Transparency

The trouble with transparency

The received wisdom is that 'good' companies have nothing to fear from transparency. But this...

Workaholic

Listen up workaholics, you're not just harming yourselves

Workaholism is a lifestyle choice and does neither you, nor your organisation, any good.

love your middle managers

Why we should learn to love our middle managers

Middle managers are grossly undervalued by their organisations and consequently attract gross underinvestment. Here's how...

Argument

Struggling to get your message across? Try using ‘we’ not ‘you’

‘We’ pronouns can increase audience receptiveness in potentially adversarial situations, according to new research.

Side hustle

When is it acceptable for a CEO to have a side gig?

What can other CEOs learn from David Solomon's retreat from the DJ decks?

boldness

Want a promotion? Just ask, says research

More than a quarter of UK leaders say they make decisions about who to promote,...

Man putting cash in jacket

Are CEOs paid too much - or too little?

Inside the debate that polarises like no other.

Older worker

Age is more than just a number…it’s an asset

The advertising industry is struggling to hold on to its experienced talent. And it's not...

Christophe Williams

Why one leader ditched a high-flying career in adland to become an energy ...

Christophe Williams’ career change resulted in a brush with death but he has never looked...

Angry leader

Air pollution can cause leaders to act more abusively

Toxic air can lead to toxic behaviour, according to recent research looking at the impact...

Identifying misnomers in the technology industry

Identifying misnomers in the technology industry

What exactly is the 'cloud'? Do you know the proper definition of a 'hacker'? You're...

CEO classroom

Yes - even your CEO could benefit from getting back in the classroom ...

Founders and senior leaders need to shift their mindset to working ‘on’ as opposed to...

Busy office

UK SMBs identify poor management as the top internal obstacle to growth

Businesses should prioritise “the internal levers that have the greatest impact” to boost growth in...

MF CEOs

Hiring a CEO of a different gender from their predecessor damages firm performance ...

Moving to a firm where the last CEO was of the same gender will set...

Growth

Where do CEOs see growth opportunities in 2024?

Other leaders' ideas for the key growth levers businesses should be pulling in 2024.

christmas retail

Christmas 2023: how did the retail sector shape up?

Was the latest Christmas season a success or failure for retailers?

zero hour contracts

Managing staff in precarious work and zero-hours contracts

Half of workers in insecure work said their mental health was affected by shift cancellations....

Mountain climber

What wellness trends miss about the grit of top business leaders

The expectations of today’s workforce mean that a focus on hard work should be balanced...

Ex-entrepreneur

Nostalgia risks undermining the performance of ex-entrepreneur employees

Former entrepreneurs and prospective employers are underestimating the clash of cultures and norms that accompanies...

Hybrid worker

Meet the six post-pandemic era workers

Are you a ‘lone ranger’ or an ‘employee advocate’?

pwc survey

Half of CEOs believe their business will fail in 10 years without reinvention, ...

CEOs are under pressure to make significant changes to ensure their organisations’ longevity.

Electric car

Fears about innovation only helping ‘the rich’ are stoking polarisation, finds research

Businesses need to better explain the benefits of innovations to society to prevent polarisation, according...

Unusual leader

The power in being an 'unusual' leader

You don't have to be a table tennis-playing, dress code-subverting maverick to win hearts and...

Glassdoor UK

Glassdoor reveals the Best Places to Work in 2024

A winner returns to Glassdoor’s latest UK list.

City of London

Activist campaigns deliver above-market shareholder returns

The UK will continue to be the “preferred hunting ground” for activist investors in 2024....

Amanda Bradford

The founder of the “selective” dating app on wooing London’s highflyers

MT meets the founder of the controversial dating app that sold to Match Group for...

moral support

A pat on the back goes a long way, finds new research

A research study among professional footballers finds that moral support enhances performance.

Dr Chris Dalton

Are you setting yourself up for disappointment?

Henley Business School professor and Management Today's Classroom lead, Dr Chris Dalton, urges leaders to...

HyperVerse

The CEO who probably doesn’t exist

The CEO of the now-collapsed crypto fund HyperVerse does not appear to exist, says Guardian...

24 words on 2024

What CEOs think other leaders should prioritise in 2024 - in 24 words ...

24 CEOs give their 24-cents on what leaders should prioritise for 2024.

Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink on motivation: "Breaks are part of work, not a deviation from ...

Struggling with the January blues? Focus on small wins and take breaks - they are...

Leadership Lessons podcast

What will leaders do less of in 2024?

MT Asks: We asked CEOs about their ambitions for 2024.

podcast

MT’s top podcast episodes

The top 10 podcast episodes listened to by you.

Management Today’s most popular stories of 2023

From working with difficult people to leading a pandemic darling, we bring you a roundup...

Quiet quitting

Do you know your 'lazy girl job' from your 'resenteeism'? This year’s biggest ...

'Act your wage' has superseded 'quiet quitting', according to new research ranking TikTok's favourite work-related...

The scandals that shook the business world in 2023

MT rounds up some of the biggest scandals at home and abroad, as a reminder...

christmas retail

Will Christmas 2023 survive the cost of living crisis?

In light of the unstable economic landscape, how will Christmas 2023 shape up?

christmas reading

MT's best books to read over Christmas

Christmas reading for CEOs - here is MT's pick of the best business books to...

Poonawalla

‘Vaccine prince’ Adar Poonawalla to pay £138m for Mayfair mansion

MT’s round-up of this week’s talking points.

Tom Goodhead

Pogust Goodhead CEO: ‘We can play companies at their own game’

The boss of the firm described as “the first legal unicorn” on why companies are...

Transparent salaries

Transparent salaries: How one company is opening up everyone’s paychecks

Discussing salary among employees is often viewed as a mortal sin, but for one company...

Christmas annoyance

Research reveals the worst Christmas tracks for getting work done

MT’s round-up of this week’s talking points.

Neurodiversity

4 steps to make your business neurodiversity-friendly

Integrating inclusivity into recruitment practices is increasingly being seen as a financial imperative.

C-suite

An age gap in the C-suite drives innovation

Companies with a bigger age gap between the CEO and other C-suite executives are likely...

Thierry Cheval

L'Oréal UK&I boss: ‘Leaders shouldn’t take decisions in the first three months’

L'Oréal’s Thierry Cheval tells MT about the business’ HQ relocation, the importance of active listening...

Commuters clocks

Majority of managers believe part-time work is a career barrier, finds research

Part-time working could be key to tackling seemingly intractable economic problems. Yet, access to reduced-hours...

Elon Musk lashes out at advertisers boycotting X, saying: “go f**k yourself”

MT’s round-up of this week’s talking points.

Starlings

Managing self-management: 7 steps for (finally) making it work

First up is ordering employees to be free...

gender bias AI

AI creates gender bias in leadership

As AI creeps into every industry, there are concerns that its misinformation could negatively impact...

Palladium

The company with four chief execs

For many, the CEO role is the cherished culmination of years of hard graft. So...

Is the future of work no work?

For decades, we've been warned that robots are coming for our jobs. This time is...

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell claims the five-day week is “pointless” and advises workers to ditch ...

MT’s round-up of this week’s talking points.

London skyline

Traditional business theory makes the case for ESG - if only UK Plc ...

A heretical view? There is not enough focus on shareholder value in the current conversation...

trust

Trust matters: Why organisations and leaders should rethink their approach

Henley Business School professor Dr Chris Dalton considers trust in management and leadership.

Rupert Lee-Browne

Caxton founder: ‘Raising money is the start of your problems’

Keeping control of your business is everything, argues Caxton Payments founder Rupert Lee-Browne.

Bezos and Sanchez

Bezos mocked for photo shoot that social media users say looks AI generated ...

MT’s round-up of this week’s talking points.

Six ways to inspire trust in your leadership

There are nine habits for building trust, and you probably only know three of them,...

David Cameron

Organisational ghosts: A haunting legacy

Former leaders exude a huge amount of influence over an organisation, which raises questions about...

Martin Kon Cohere

‘Just pick something low risk’: advice from an AI start-up

Martin Kon, president and chief operating officer at Cohere, gives his take on the new...

NatWest

NatWest scraps majority of Dame Alison Rose’s payout after Farage scandal

MT’s round-up of this week’s talking points.

Power Rangers

The 3 corporate superheroes of tomorrow

Go Go Power Rangers! Thirty years after the launch of the franchise, Publicis Sapient CEO...

Eddie Jones

What Eddie Jones teaches CEOs about the price of ego

Leadership is a privilege. Don’t fall into the trap of becoming an egotistical cliché.

Female leader

‘A great CEO doesn’t need to have P&L experience’

It's time to stop dismissing CEO candidates who haven’t followed a traditional path as risky...

Musk AI Safety

Musk tells PM artificial intelligence will eradicate the need to work

MT’s round-up of this week’s talking points.

Succession

Family fortunes: How to pass the leadership baton without jeopardising familial ties

CEO succession is a difficult business, not least when you're a family business, says Boyden...

do companies think and feel

Do companies think and feel?

If an organisation is perceived to have a full mind, like a human being, it...

Wingstop

‘We were scalpel sharp in our vision from day one’

Wingstop UK co-founders tell MT about putting their own stamp on a chicken concept that...

Staff leaving

How can leaders retain their 'looking to leave' talent?

Brightest talent eyeing the exit? You might not be as good a manager as you...

salary negotiations

Actually, women do ask for more pay

Studies show that women are more likely than men to negotiate their job – which...

Decision to close Farage’s Coutts account was lawful, review finds

MT’s round-up of this week’s talking points.

Bob Andrews

Benenden Health CEO: “If you try to mislead, you will always get found ...

As record numbers turn to private healthcare, the sector is facing increased criticism and risks...

Intuition

Why leaders of tomorrow must listen to their intuition

Data can only take you so far, argues Nicholas Janni, author of this year's Business...

Angie Moxham

Business founder changes name by deed poll in trademark row

The founder of PR agency 3 Monkeys Communications has changed her name to Angie Louise...

angry leader

Can harnessing anger make you a better leader?

Anger is a divisive emotion, but leaders can harness it correctly to get the most...

women in the workplace

Gender diversity and credit risk: analysing the 'glass cliff' theory

There is a tendency for women to succeed men in leadership positions when the firm...

product market

The best path to finding product-market fit

It requires non-stop iteration, thinking broadly, and using data to the fullest.

Louis Theroux

Louis Theroux’s three-point guide to leadership

TV’s favourite documentarian on his key leadership principles, distilled from a career spent meeting humanity’s...

CBI funding

Five things you need to know this week

MT’s round-up of five must-know nuggets from the working week.

ethical leadership

Ethical leaders attract talent

Leaders who espouse ethical beliefs are perceived to be kinder and fairer to their employees....

Generative AI

Generative AI: Three ways CEOs can gain commercial value

CEOs are facing increasing pressure to adopt generative AI, but many don't know where to...

Liz Truss

Was Liz Truss wise to defend her legacy?

The impulse to rebut criticism is a powerful one, but is it wise to try...

Do employees need a reality check

MT Asks: Do employees need a reality check?

As employees begin to recognise their own worth, do they need reminding of who’s boss?...

Public speaking

Why CEOs should shun their inner introvert and step into the spotlight

Not fond of the limelight? It’s time to stop nurturing your inner wallflower and embrace...

Wilko

Five things you need to know this week

MT’s round-up of five must-know nuggets from the working week.

menopause at work

Half of workplaces failing to accommodate women suffering with hormonal conditions, says research ...

Hormonal symptoms related to menstruation and the menopause can severely impact a woman’s career, but...

transparency

Why transparent CEOs should recognise the power of ‘translucent’ leadership

Opting for an "opaque" approach to communication might protect staff from the ugly side of...

workplace bullying

Proposed anti-bullying law could make companies liable for large payouts

A new bill is set to legally define bullying in the workplace, forcing businesses to...

Remote working

How to maintain the ‘glue’ when your team is working remotely

With Zoom’s own CEO recently suggesting remote working was hurting employees’ ability to build trust,...

Boomerang CEO

Can CEOs be a success a second time round?

To boards, a boomerang CEO might look like a safe pair of hands but experience...

Ryanair CEO

Five things you need to know this week

MT’s round-up of five must-know nuggets from the working week.

Office working v remote

The big bust-up: Why we can’t agree about hybrid working

Revolution or regressive step? Herald of a brave new world or harbinger of our decline?...

Inclusivity

Why your inclusivity agenda risks becoming a victim of your RTO policy

The flexibility born of the pandemic has made work more accessible for swathes of the...

Simon Swan

‘I ordered staff back in five days a week and don’t regret it’ ...

Simon Swan, the CEO of recruitment agency marketplace Hiring Hub, on how hybrid undermined the...

RTO

Three tips for introducing an RTO edict without alienating employees

For many employees RTO is their least favourite acronym in the pandemic lexicon. How then...

Andy Jassy

Five things you need to know this week

MT’s round-up of five must-know nuggets from the working week.