Greatest Comeback recommended summer read in both The Guardian and FT

August 6th, 2017 — 11:35am

Both Simon Kuper in the Financial Times and Philippe Sands in The Guardian recommended The Greatest Comeback as one of their summer reads for 2017 (read what they say about it here and here)

When Saturday Comes: Review of The Greatest Comeback

July 20th, 2017 — 4:16pm

Another very positive review of my book The Greatest Comeback about the legendary football coach, Bela Guttmann.

Read here

Made to measure report

March 19th, 2015 — 11:24am

My report, published by the High Pay Centre, which looks at whether and how executive performance can be measured. It is based on interviews with 15 leading figures in their respective fields – top executives such as Sir Philip Hampton and Lord Wolfson, academics such as the author of “Halo Effect” Phil Rosenzweig, the entrepreneur and private equity investor Luke Johnson, and commentators such as Ed Smith and Anthony Hilton.

To view the report, click here

BBC interview on the reality of office life

February 26th, 2015 — 9:54am

Listen here to my interview on the reality of modern-day life in large corporations, so rarely discussed and so often brushed under the carpet

Evidence to the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards

January 31st, 2013 — 2:30pm

Please click on the link below to watch my evidence on finance sector remuneration for the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards

Watch here

Interview on managing international teams

October 7th, 2012 — 12:57pm

Please click below to see an interview with me for Economist Education on managing teams across borders

Watch here

CNBC Interview

January 30th, 2012 — 12:25pm

Please click on the link below to watch my appearance on CNBC when I discussed my book “Pay Check”

Watch here

MoneyWeek review of Pay Check

January 30th, 2012 — 12:21pm

Merryn Somerset Webb, editor-in-chief of MoneyWeek, has written a review of Pay Check, an updated version of which has just been published.

Read here

New edition of Pay Check now available

January 23rd, 2012 — 9:38am

An updated edition of my book “Pay Check: Are Top Earners Really Worth It?” is now out. With an afterword examining how the debate has progressed in the last two years, the book explains:

  • Why high pay must be confronted if popular faith in the system is to be restored.
  • Why the current mantra attacking “rewards for failure” is misguided; individuals should not even be rewarded for corporate success.
  • Why taxation, regulation and other forms of state intervention will be successfully sidestepped.
  • Why only the successful dismantling of the talent myth will bring pay to more rational levels; progress is being made here – there is clear evidence that top earners and their allies are losing confidence in their hollow justifications.

Was Fred Goodwin responsible for the RBS collapse?

December 19th, 2011 — 9:37am

An interesting quote from Lord Adair Turner, the chairman of the Financial Services Authority, about the Royal Bank of Scotland. He explains why senior executives at the bank were not personally culpable for its demise.

“We can’t pursue a case that says “the bank went bankrupt, therefore the chief executive is to blame.” You have to show a direct link (between executive actions and a collapse).”

Indeed so. You can’t prove a link between the decisions of chief executives and the performance of massive companies. So why then should they get huge pay packages if their companies are successful? Why do they get the benefit of the doubt on both the upside and the downside? For those lucky enough to get to the top of these organisations, ahead of all the many people who are equally qualified to do the same job, a simple principle applies: Heads I win, tails you lose.

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