Richard Donkin

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Full name: Richard Donkin

Area of interest: Management and employment issues; Fishing; Travel; Sailing

Journals/Organisation: Financial Times


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Blog: Donkin Life | The Future of Work | Fishing | Sailing

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Networks:!/richarddonkin | LinkedIn




Career: Joined the FT staff in 1987 and left to become freelance in 2001 - see biography (Richard

Current position/role: FT contrbiutor - freelance writer, commentator, reviewer

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Other roles/Main role: Adviser to the Future Employment Working Group of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation

Other activities: Honorary visiting fellow in the faculty of management, Cass Business School, City University, London; visiting fellow at Henley Management College; council member of the Royal Society for the Arts, UK; trustee of Earthwatch Europe (international environmental charity); council member of the Human Resources Society; founder of the Human Capital Standards Group



Broadcast media:

Video: Blood Sweat and Tears, The Evolution of Work was featured in a BBC Radio Four Series, This Workaday World

see also: TV documentary proposal





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Latest work: Prospero's Gold - book one of The Voyage (online book - PDF / html web pages) (synopsis)

Speaking/Appearances: Public speaking (Richard

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Remit/Info: Recruitment and employment

Section: Appointments

Role: Commentator



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Articles: 2009

  • The falling market for luxury super-yachts - Buyers of grand boats are saving millions, but it is not easy for sellers to find sailing aficionados wealthy enough to contemplate a deal - 14th March
  • Extreme ocean racing - Richard Donkin experiences the dangers of high speed sailing as he joins the Puma crew during the longest leg in the Volvo Ocean Race - 14th February
  • Cruising on a yacht around Suffolk - Fine weather mixed with good beer, pleasant company, effortless sailing, and a hearty meal onboard make for a wonderful a day on the water for Richard Donkin - 17th January

Articles: 2008

  • Children of the new technology - It is the privilege, or possibly the curse, of each new generation to be different from the last. But rarely has a generational divide been as noticeable as that between those in their early 20s and the post second world war baby boomers - 11th December 2008
  • Flexible working saves jobs and trims fat Joe Macri, a senior marketing manager at Microsoft, holds regular meetings with his European management team from his office in Dublin - 26th November 2008
  • The new world of work: Working over time - Work has been central to human development throughout history from the first tools fashioned by our ancestors - 5th November 2008
  • The new world of work: Work in progress - At a time of rising unemployment in many industrialised western nations and as governments struggle with the prospect of global recession, it is easy to overlook the way that work has been changing during the past two decades - 5th November 2008
  • The new world of work: Calling time on retirement - Social and economic pressures are combining to force changes in both employee and management attitudes to retirement and pensions - 5th November 2008
  • Break free from the tragic folly of crowds - As Wall Street struggles to find some respite from the carnage, the international financial system appears to be running on survival mode (book review: Laurence Gonzales - Everyday Survival, Why Smart People Do Stupid Things) - 16th October 2008
  • Teams hold the key to a leader's success - The success or failure of company bosses has much to do with timing and the passage of events beyond their control. A chief executive such as Lord Browne can be riding high at BP one year, then out of favour the next (book review: The Secrets of CEOs) - 2nd October 2008
  • We still struggle to achieve the right balance - One of Toyota's leading engineers has died of overwork, aged 45, according to a Japanese labour bureau ruling reported by the Associated Press last week - 17th July 2008
  • Business is slow in taking up social networks - What do Post-It notes, fax machines, CNN news, people carriers and Red Bull energy drinks have in common? - 10th July 2008
  • Sometimes cash rewards are not up to the task - Too often, employers misunderstand the nature of motivation. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the context of pay structures - 3rd July 2008
  • Employers must test the strength of weak ties - I met an old friend the other day and we spent some time reminiscing over our school days. He reminded me about the poor careers advice we received more than thirty years ago - 19th June 2008
  • A message for the sharp-suited philanthropists - It is some time since I last read Robert Noonan's classic story of working life, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists , so I made sure I caught the first episode in a new dramatisation of the book on BBC Radio Four at the weekend - 12th June 2008
  • Sex, transparency and fairness on salary rates - The Italian government created uproar last week when it published online the individual declared earnings of everyone in the working population - 8th May 2008
  • A healthy workforce means healthy profits - As a child, before reaching the rebellious teen years, I used to swim competitively. I was never the best in my team, partly, I suspect, because I never gave everything in a race - 1st May 2008
  • Visible measure that help reduce absenteeism - For one or two brief stretches in a career that goes back longer than I care to admit I have been a manager - 17th April 2008

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