Episode Episode 4
Season 3

Talking Shop – Oliver Shah, Business Editor of The Sunday Times On TopShop, Executive Pay and Toxic Cultures

“Companies and boards become overly politicised and they’ve become overly sensitive to public opinion, particularly, social media opinion and I think the problem is when, when you start going down that road, it’s very difficult to stop”

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Oliver Shah is one of the UK’s leading business journalists. As Business Editor of The Sunday Times, Shah column is required reading for the country’s business elite.

His pursuit and investigation into the Philip Green and his Arcadia empire earned him the prestigious business journalist of the year award at the 2017 Press Awards. His subsequent book ‘Damaged Goods’ that told the full story of the demise of Arcadia (the parent of TopShop) and the death of the high street was published in 2018 and was a Sunday Times bestseller.

In this episode we cover:

What went wrong with Arcadia and the leadership style of Philip Green who Shah compares to Donald Trump;
How leadership styles have evolved and the importance of a respectful organisational culture;
His views on the increasing number of Private Equity deals for some of the countries leading companies;
The perennial issue of executive pay – are business leaders paid too much, too little or about right?

This is a fascinating interview covering a range of contemporary business themes from one of the countries leading business commentators.

Links:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk
https://www.linkedin.com/in/oliver-shah-0027b013/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/podcasthost/

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Oliver Shah

Oliver Shah is one of the UK’s leading business journalists. As Business Editor of The Sunday Times, Shah column is required reading for the country’s business elite.

His pursuit and investigation into the Philip Green and his Arcadia empire earned him the prestigious business journalist of the year award at the 2017 Press Awards. His subsequent book ‘Damaged Goods’ that told the full story of the demise of Arcadia (the parent of TopShop) and the death of the high street was published in 2018 and was a Sunday Times bestseller.

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