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Executive pay won’t come down until recruiters stop ticking boxes

By Will Robinson  

'Useless' knowledge makes for well-rounded amateurs

I have been reading my grandfather’s office diaries, which he kept while working for a mining company between 1945 and his retirement 30 years later. I had never so much as leafed through these before, but their neatness and regularity reminded me inescapably of the white-haired gentleman who used to frown benignly at me from the far end of my rocking horse. Business in his day was something done with ease, and surprisingly little deceit, by people…

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