Posts by Luke Johnson

Why are we so reluctant to admit Britain has never had it so good?

Why are we so reluctant to admit Britain has never had it so good?

17th September 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 17th September 2017.  Whether you regard the future optimistically or pessimistically determines the course of your life. By the nature of their job, entrepreneurs must adopt a positive outlook: they defer rewards now

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Companies won’t get big by making their workers feel small

Companies won’t get big by making their workers feel small

10th September 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 10th September 2017. The most impressive entrepreneurs I’ve known have all been maestros of motivation. They don’t just know how to stay highly committed themselves; they are experts at motivating others. They understand,

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It’s better to start off with nothing than to fret about money

It’s better to start off with nothing than to fret about money

27th August 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 27th August 2017.  Starting a business doesn’t have to be complicated. Sometimes, making it simple works better. To begin with, you don’t need a breakthrough idea. Lots of businesses start by chance rather

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I’d rather be marked down as a gambler than never take a risk

I’d rather be marked down as a gambler than never take a risk

20th August 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 20th August 2017. What is the difference between investment, speculation and gambling? And does it matter? There are some who believe that the entire stock market is merely a casino, and that it

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Holding power to account has turned into a bloodsport

Holding power to account has turned into a bloodsport

13th August 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 13th August 2017.  I spoke at an annual conference for the chairmen and chairwomen of health trusts a few years ago. The view among the audience was that the gravest problem they faced was

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Corporate giants will go the way of the dinosaurs

Corporate giants will go the way of the dinosaurs

30th July 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 30th July 2017. The global economy is growing and corporate profitability appears strong, yet the long- term prospects for many bellwether industries are bleak. I cannot remember a time when so many big

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In the digital age, we rediscover the joy of working with hands

In the digital age, we rediscover the joy of working with hands

23rd July 2017

First published in the Sunday Times on 23rd July 2017.  Builders ask each other: “Are you still on the tools?” which means actually working with one’s hands in the construction trade. I think it is a valuable metaphor for how

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There’s usually a good reason why an investment is a bargain

There’s usually a good reason why an investment is a bargain

16th July 2017

First published in The Sunday Times on 16th July 2017. I often fall for the allure of a false bargain and end up regretting it. Bitter experience teaches me that when it comes to investing, assets are usually cheap for

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We need to switch off at weekends — and that includes the gadgets

We need to switch off at weekends — and that includes the gadgets

9th July 2017

First published in the Sunday Times on 9th July 2017. A wise friend once told me that the quality of your Sunday is a barometer of how fulfilled you are in life. He was not referring to religious faith — or

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It’s time for commercial landlords to pay their fair share of taxes

It’s time for commercial landlords to pay their fair share of taxes

2nd July 2017

First published in the Sunday Times on 2nd July 2017. Many of Britain’s economic and social challenges arise from how property is taxed, regulated, used and owned. Radical change is needed if the problems are to be properly addressed. At heart,

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