Lucy Kellaway was the Financial Times’s management columnist and an Associate Editor. For over ten years, her weekly column has poked fun at management fads and jargon with insight, wit and precision and celebrated the ups and downs of office life.
Lucy has been the FT’s energy correspondent, Brussels correspondent and written for the Lex Column. She has interviewed a wide variety of CEOs and celebrities for her Business Lunch series. She has won various prizes including Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards, the Industrial Society WorkWord Award (twice) and the Wincott Young Financial Journalist Award.
Her book, Sense and Nonsense in the Office, was followed by Who Moved My Blackberry? in which she followed 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.
Her book The Real Office: All The Office Questions You Never Dared To Ask, was described by The Sunday Times as ‘dispensing water-cooler wisdom, not motivational gobbledygook. (It) gets to the heart of those tricky questions that employees, rather than employers, want answered’. In her distinctly tongue-in-cheek speech, Lucy touches on office life, the psychological deficiencies of all bosses, and the futility of change management.