Robert Heller (journalist)

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Robert Heller (10 June 1932 – 28 August 2012) was a British management journalist, management consultant, author of a series of management books, and the founding editor of Management Today.


Born in London, Heller attended Christ's Hospital in the Sussex countryside, served in the Royal Army Service Corps, and then attended Jesus College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a double first in history.[1]

In 1955 Heller started to work for the Financial Times, where in 1958 he was made US correspondent. In 1963 he moved to become business editor of The Observer.[1]

In 1966 Heller was founding editor of Management Today, a monthly business magazine published by Haymarket Publishing, where he worked for two decades. Here he started a second career as a writer of business books.[1]

During the early 1970s, he started a relationship with gallerist Angela Flowers, who he eventually married in 2003. They had a daughter, Rachel Heller, born on 15 September 1973, who was born with Down's syndrome,[2] and became an artist[3] represented by Flowers Gallery.[2]


Heller wrote about 80 management books. A selection:

  • 1972. The Naked Manager
  • 1998. Essential Manager's Manual
  • 1999. Achieving Excellence
  • 2002. Manager's Handbook


  1. ^ a b c David Brewerton (2012) "Robert Heller obituary: Business journalist and author of a stream of books on management in which he explained the 'tricks of the trade'." in: The Guardian, Tuesday 18 September 2012
  2. ^ a b Neustatter, Angela (10 September 2003). "A wonderful daughter". Guardian. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  3. ^ "RACHEL HELLER Alumni, 2003". Royal Drawing School. Retrieved 25 June 2021.

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