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Lucy Kellaway

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Management columnist, Financial Times

Award-winning columnist

Known for her witty insights into management culture and office life

Lucy Kellaway is an Associate Editor and management columnist of the Financial Times. For the past 15 years her weekly Monday column has poked fun at management fads and jargon and celebrated the ups and downs of office life.

In her 25 years at the FT, Lucy has been energy correspondent, Brussels correspondent, a Lex writer, and an interviewer of business people and celebrities for the Lunch with the FT series and the FT Weekend.

Prizes include Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards 2006, Industrial Society WorkWord Award (twice), Best Commentator, Business Journalist of the Year Awards 2007 and the Wincott Young Financial Journalist Award.

Her first book it titled “Sense and Nonsense in the Office” (FT Prentice Hall, 1999). “Martin Lukes: Who Moved My BlackBerry?” (2005) follows a year in the life of her fictional creation, Martin Lukes, through his e-mails. A self-obsessed master of corporate double speak and management jargon, Martin is a satire of the type of executive who embraces every new motivational and marketing fad that comes along.

In 2010 she published “In Office Hours”. The Sunday Times said ‘it dispenses water-cooler wisdom, not motivational gobbledygook. [It] gets to the heart of those tricky questions that employees, rather than employers, want answered’.

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"Lucy is known for her distinctly tongue-in-cheek style. Her talks provide humorous and penetrating insights into office life, the psychological deficiencies of all bosses, and the futility of change management."

An evening with Lucy Kellaway(2010)

Interviewed on CNBC

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