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The new boardroom agenda

Why directors are more important than ever

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The key to success in any organisation is long term, sustainable growth but managing that is harder than ever. Faster moving, more complex risks – and opportunities – require more assiduous monitoring, more informed decision-making, and much greater coordination among all employees to ensure corporate success.

This content series explores the central role board members play in this endeavour and how crucial they are to any organisation’s long term health.

In this film, Karen Hester, Chief Operating Officer and an executive board member at Adnams plc, explains how she worked her way up from applying to be a cleaner in 1988 to her present role. She talks about a big long-term investment decision she stewarded through the board and what she’s learnt about being a successful board member and business woman.

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The critical role of boards in developing strong ethics and compliance

  • 17 Nov 2022
Increasing regulation and public scrutiny of corporate behaviour means ethics and compliance is now a vital part of the boardroom agenda.
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How a board should maintain the right culture during periods of fast growth

  • 21 Nov 2022
In the first of two Insights In Focus special episodes an experienced panel discuss a dilemma facing a fictional software company.
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In it for the long haul

  • 07 Oct 2022
Businesses of any size require a set of long-term goals and a detailed plan for how to achieve them. Three very different companies share how they go about this.
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Navigating change to stay ahead

  • 07 Oct 2022
While all businesses may follow a set long-term strategy, they must be ready to navigate major change when the need arises, and then prepare again for further change in the future.
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How scenarios help navigate an uncertain world

Running the Shell Scenarios team from 2006 to 2022, Jeremy Bentham played a key role in identifying the risks and opportunities facing the energy giant. He explains how organisations can make sense of an uncertain world.

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A scenario planning guide for boards

To make long-term decisions, board members need a structured way to discuss the future. Dr Trudi Lang, a senior fellow in management practice at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, explains how any business can make use of scenario planning to do so.

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