The Better Boards Podcast Series

Oct 14 2020 18 mins 4

Our mission at Better Boards is to contribute to creating better boards. We do this by providing clients with an evidence-based approach for board evaluations and board development programmes. To fulfill our mission, we would like to give a voice to all who are care about creating better boards, Chairpeople, CEOs, SIDs, NEDs, Academicians, investors, and regulators.All the views expressed in our podcasts are the views of our podcast partners and not those of Better Boards. In each episode, you’ll get insights from those who are at the frontline - Chairpeople, CEOs, SIDs, NEDs, Academicians, investors, and regulators. Every time you tune in, we’ll help you to develop and reinvigorate your board know-how and practice with insights, creative problem-solving, and practical advice. New episodes are available every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month.

Integration - the elephant in the boardroom | Yetunde Hofmann, NED/Trustee & Dr Sabine Dembkowski
Oct 14 2020 19 mins  
Some of the key takeaways of the podcast - Integration - the elephant in the boardroom - included: “Discussing the value of difference” When looking at the composition of the board and how it can evolve to better deliver for the stakeholders, the discussion on the value of difference is covered early in the process. This can begin with a discussion on topics such as skill gaps, but the conversation should broaden to understand how the inclusion of different people can help the board make decisions consequentially. “Decisions have to be made consequentially” Making decisions consequentially is not simply the board making decisions that purely impact the bottom line of the business. It also, especially in the case of firms with an international footprint, about understanding who and how the decision made by the board will have an impact. To help ensure that these decisions are made consequentially, it is important that boards can call upon a diverse range of experiences and backgrounds during their meetings and to do so requires a diverse board. “A board chair who recognises the individuality” Ensuring the board is a welcoming and inclusive place relies heavily on the chair of the board to recognise the individuality of the members of their board. With this recognition, the chair is armed with the knowledge of the differences between members of the board and can leverage this to ensure invite a diverse range of thinking into the decision-making process.

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