What you need to know: December 2019

Fresh ideas, surprising opportunities and valuable insights from across the web: Management Today's picks of the day.

by Management Today
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2019


The man who stares down bears

Andrew Bailey is the Bank of England’s new governor. The Telegraph

Why is Rudolph’s nose red? 

How Christmas became commercialised. FT

What happens to your brain during a disagreement?

And how to win the argument. The Conversation


The farmland trust listing in London

Alternative assets are becoming increasingly popular. FT

The 4 global trends you need to consider

And how leaders can prepare for them. Strategy + Business

Embrace Asynchronous Communication

And other tips for avoiding distractions at work. Harvard Business Review


"Suspicious and sceptical"

The now-published Brydon Report recommends an overhaul and extension of the audit industry. The Guardian

2020 will see the emergence of a new type of trade union

The digital revolution is changing how workers are represented. Nesta

It pays to help governments snoop

Shining a light on the lesser-known but lucrative side of cyber security. The Economist


6 rules for improving employee wellbeing

Mindful lunches could be your low-hanging fruit. FT

The pub is back

Lessons in business reinvention. The Telegraph

Leadership in times of war

An event. How to Academy


How to avoid filling positions you don’t need

Don’t scale for the sake of it. UK Tech news

The only B Corp in Afghanistan

Roshan is the country’s biggest employer. Quartz

Tighter regulations for water firms

Suppliers will have to cut the average bill by £50 over the next five years says Ofwat. BBC


Growing the sperm business

Investors are pumping money into male fertility treatments. FT

Do your employees deserve hungover days? 

A debate. City AM

How to unlearn your business habits

Blockbuster is the prime example of the importance of embracing change. Strategy + Business



A new type of MBA?

There’s a business benefit to learning about music, drama and books. The Economist

Misjudged marketing mistakes are never far away

It gets worse for Peloton. FT

Using tech to help the homeless

Tech for good. City AM


"The next 10 years could be the best 10 years we’ve ever seen, or the worst"

A selection of management insights from the last year. MIT Sloan

Making money whichever way the pound swings

The businesses pulling an election all-nighter. BBC

Brazil’s burgeoning fintech sector

Nubank’s success demonstrates that global challengers won’t just emerge from established financial centres. Quartz


Retuning the Triple Bottom Line

As it approaches its 25th anniversary, the notion of People, Profit, Planet needs a modern refresh. Forbes

The 5 qualities of an emotionally intelligent mentor

Finding the ‘right’ mentor can be a challenge. Fast Company

Wetherspoon’s 10,000 new jobs

The Brexit-pedalling pub chain is expanding. BBC


Do out of hours emails break employment law?

The average weekly working time should not exceed 48 hours. The Conversation

Will Tesco really sell its Asian business?

The supermarket is reviewing whether to sell its Asian business. The Guardian

Painful truths don’t always improve performance

When it comes to employee feedback, delivery is everything. FT


6 signs that your corporate culture has gone astray

If left unattended, culture can become a liability. Harvard Business Review

End of the road for Eddie Stobart? 

One of the UK’s most recognisable logistics firms is caught up in a family battle. The Guardian

What Manchester City vs Manchester United tells you about capitalism

Both represent contrasting systems. The Conversation



What Elizabeth Holmes taught me about gender bias

Sometimes we can be too eager to believe the story. FT

Don’t adopt the persona you think you should have

The 10 principles for leadership presence. Strategy + Business

Inside the businesses left behind by politics

The political climate  is offering little hope to companies in the UK’s manufacturing heartland. The Telegraph


Do you speak English English?

How native english speakers can stop confusing everyone else. FT

M&S rolls out urban farming in stores

The scheme is the first stage of the retailer’s partnership with Infarm. Retail Gazette

The rise and fall of a management blackbelt

Six Sigma became a must-have a management tool in the early noughties. Quartz  


Is digital distraction really as bad as you think

Screen-time can be managed. Fast Company

The US has declared a trade war on champagne and cheese

The EU is yet to respond. The Telegraph

Netflix’s empire of debt

The video streamer’s rapid rise, and long term prospects. The Guardian


Disabled employees are paid 12 per cent less

The disability pay gap is widest for people aged between 30 and 40. BBC

Which are the UK’s most aggressive tax avoiders?

You have six guesses. The Guardian

BT bins performance-related bonuses

Long-term incentive plans have become increasingly controversial in recent years. FT

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