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The Better Boards Podcast Series

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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 fulfil 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.

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 fulfil 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.

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

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 fulfil 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.

Language:

English

Contact:

00447760590405


Episodes

Integrating different perspectives in the boardroom | Sir John Tusa, Chairman & Dr Sabine Dembkowski

10/20/2021
Awareness grows that we need people around the table that bring in different perspectives to tackle the challenges of today. However, let´s face it, different perspectives in the boardroom can also be challenging and difficult to handle. Not seldom have I heard that a Directors who bring different perspectives to the table is are perceived to be “difficult”, “annoying”, and “hard to deal with”. It needs skills to turn a different perspective into a value add. I am Dr Sabine Dembkowski,...

Duration:00:17:12

Transitioning from CEO to Chair | Steve Holliday & Dr Sabine Dembkowski

10/6/2021
The role of an Executive differs from that of a Non-Executive on a board. The hands-on qualities that are appreciated in an Executive setting might be experiences as interference by management if applied in a board role. Some CEOs make a move to chairman without missing a beat. They understand how to leverage their executive experience and won't interfere with their decisions unless the long-term interests of the business and its stakeholders are threatened. Others, it's fair to say, aren't...

Duration:00:21:00

Changing the racial diversity on FTSE boards | Richard DeNetto, Associate Director CBI & Dr Sabine Dembkowski

9/15/2021
The Parker review displayed the status of racial diversity on board in the UK and set targets. Progress in appointing Directors with an ethnical background is slow and targets set by the Parker Review for the UK are missed. A group of senior leaders has come together and is committed to taking action to increase racial and ethical diversity in their businesses. What are their motives? What challenges do they face? Welcome to the Better Boards podcast series. In this episode, Dr Sabine...

Duration:00:15:45

Creating a high-performance culture in the boardroom | Ralph Schubert, Senior Partner & Dr Sabine Dembkowski

9/1/2021
We are all clear that we want to create effective and high-performing boards. A whole industry has developed around board evaluations. Some are cynical about this. Academics and consultants propose different models and solutions. In my view, there is no right or wrong. Different approaches work in a different context. We find that the most crucial part is that board have data, gain insights and act. Welcome to the Better Boards podcast series. In this episode, I am delighted to talk with...

Duration:00:16:54

Going beyond governance – The art of talking about what really matters | Jim Haudan, CEO and Co-Founder & Dr Sabine Dembkowski

8/18/2021
Much has been written about the roles of executives and non-executives on boards and mostly from a pure governance perspective. What is often missing is the clarity and the practical relevance. Alignment comes before effectiveness. Welcome to the Better Boards podcast series. In this episode, I am delighted to talk with Jim Haudan about “Going beyond governance – The art of talking about what really matters”. I am Dr Sabine Dembkowski, Founder and Managing Partner of Better Boards. We make...

Duration:00:12:50

The Alignment of Executives and Non-Executives in the Boardroom | Ken Schuetz, CEO and Founder & Dr Sabine Dembkowski

8/4/2021
Much has been written about the roles of executives and non-executives on boards and mostly from a pure governance perspective. What is often missing is the clarity and the practical relevance. Alignment comes before effectiveness. Welcome to the Better Boards podcast series. In this episode, I am delighted to talk with Ken Schuetz about "The Alignment of Executives and Non-Executives in the Boardroom". I am Dr Sabine Dembkowski, Founder and Managing Partner of Better Boards. We make the...

Duration:00:18:05

Hybrid working and controls – What should boards think about? | John Mongelard, ICAEW & Dr Sabine Dembkowski

7/14/2021
During the pandemic, we all got used to working virtually. The business of Zoom has exploded and it is such a common feature in our lives that it has become a verb. We are all zooming. As restrictions are eased, the discussion is heating up about what the “new normal” looks like. The CEO of Zoom expects sales to rise more than 40% this year. Some organisations order there employees back into the office while others announce that their employees are free to work from anywhere. The future of...

Duration:00:17:08

Culture, it all starts in the boardroom | Mike Gahir, Chair & Dr Sabine Dembkowski

6/30/2021
The revised UK Corporate Governance Code places a great emphasis on the importance of culture within a business and is seen as a blueprint for corporate governance around the world. Welcome to the Better Boards podcast series. In this episode, I am delighted to talk with Mike Gahir, Chair of the Board of Trustee at Steps to Work about "Culture, it all starts in the boardroom" Mike was a winner at this year’s Non-Executive Director Awards in the UK as the ‘NED to watch’. He was praised by...

Duration:00:17:16

Putting the 'S' in ESG | Margot Slattery, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion & Dr Sabine Dembkowski

6/16/2021
There is a rising tide of investors, communities and talent caring about ESG issues. No longer is it surprising to see ESG feature more prominently on the agendas in boardrooms. It is no longer acceptable to invest in a business for profits alone when those with poor practices can have such a profoundly negative impact on the world around us. Welcome to the Better Boards podcast series. In this episode, I am delighted to talk with Margot Slattery, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at...

Duration:00:17:09

The role of the Company Secretary in major transactions | Nickesha Graham-Burrell, Head of Company Secretariat & Dr Sabine Dembkowski

6/2/2021
M&A and transactions are no longer considered an add-on, but a pivotal part of a company's value creation process. Welcome to the Better Boards podcast series. In this episode, I am delighted to talk with Nickesha Graham-Burrell, Head of Company Secretariat at OSB Group Plc about "The role of the Company Secretary in major transactions". I am Dr Sabine Dembkowski, Founder and Managing Partner of Better Boards. We make the boards of the most ambitious organisations more effective. We do...

Duration:00:13:33

The role of the Company Secretary in increasing the effectiveness of Non-Executive Directors | John Mills, Company Secretary & Dr Sabine Dembkowski

5/19/2021
The role of the Company Secretary is evolving and is not clearly defined. Company Secretaries who are proactive and take the initiative can shape the role so that it really suits them, and help improve the board as a whole. Welcome to the Better Boards podcast series. In this episode, I am delighted to talk with John Mills, Company Secretary of Smiths Group plc about 'The role of the Company Secretary in increasing the effectiveness of Non-Executive Directors'. I am Dr Sabine Dembkowski,...

Duration:00:14:12

Board Reporting - The indispensable part of effective boards | David Whincup, Deputy Company Secretary & Dr Sabine Dembkowski

5/5/2021
Good reporting is crucial for any high performing and effective board. But how can you ensure your reporting process is delivering for your board? Welcome to the Better Boards podcast series. In this episode, I am delighted to talk with David Whincup, Deputy Company Secretary at Provident Financial Group, about 'Board Reporting; the indispensable part of effective Boards' I am Dr Sabine Dembkowski, Founder and Managing Partner of Better Boards. We make the boards of the most ambitious...

Duration:00:16:56

The role of the Company Secretary in creating future-fit boards | Loren Wulfsohn, Global Head, Policy and Stakeholder Engagement at HSBC & Dr Sabine Dembkowski

4/14/2021
Boards today face technological, geopolitical, demographic, and environmental changes at an incredibly rapid pace. How can Company Secretaries help ensure boards are ‘Future-fit’ to be able to tackle these changes effectively? Welcome to the Better Boards podcast series. In this episode, I am delighted to talk with Loren Wulfsohn, Global Head of Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, Corporate Governance & Secretariat at HSBC about ‘The role of the Company Secretary in creating future-fit...

Duration:00:15:03

Diversity and inclusion, insights from the U.K. and Mercedes-Benz AG | Sabine Kohleisen, Member of the Board of Management at Mercedes-Benz AG, Denise Wilson, CEO of the Hampton-Alexander Review & Dr Sabine Dembkowski

3/31/2021
Much has been written and said about gender diversity and inclusion. Progress has been made, but we have still a way to go to achieve gender parity. Welcome to the Better Boards podcast series. In this episode, I am delighted to talk with Sabine Kohleisen, member of the Board of Management at Mercedes-Benz AG, responsible for Human Resources and Director of Labour Relations, and Denise Wilson, CEO of the Hampton-Alexander Review. In this episode, we will be discussing “Diversity and...

Duration:00:17:42

Punks in the boardroom | Christopher Pirnie, Company Secretary & Dr Sabine Dembkowski

3/17/2021
Studies provide clear evidence that boards with members of diverse backgrounds govern organisations that have better business results than those with less diverse leaders but it does not stop there. We see similar patterns when it comes to innovation. The Hampton Alexander report in the UK highlights that we have come a long way in integrating women on the board, but there is still quite a way to go when we look at race and reviews like the Parker Review. Welcome to the Better Boards...

Duration:00:12:07

The relationship between the Chair and the CEO - How can you make it work? | Sir John Tusa, Chairman & Dr Sabine Dembkowski

3/3/2021
The relationship between the Chair and the CEO is widely considered to be one of the most significant, if not the most significant, in any organisation. If the relationship is working well, it is a powerful alliance that can energise and uplift a whole organisation. But if the relationship is broken, the effects are felt throughout the organisation. What is more, the state of a broken relationship provides a good story for the media, resulting in broken careers and tarnished...

Duration:00:17:31

Building a culture of challenge | Professor Karthik Ramanna, University of Oxford & Dr Sabine Dembkowski

2/18/2021
I can not recall a single board evaluation nor a single event I attended in Pre-Covid times where the need for challenge in the boardroom was not stressed. At the same time, I know from hundreds of interviews with members of boards how hard it really is to challenge constructively. Welcome to the Better Boards podcast series. In this episode, Dr Sabine Dembkowski speaks with Professor Karthik Ramanna. Professor Ramanna is Professor of Business & Public Policy and Director of the Master of...

Duration:00:23:28

Board recruiting - The search for unicorns | Carol Leonard, Angela Hocter & Dr Sabine Dembkowski

2/4/2021
Recent board evaluations have laid bare how much Covid-19 has accelerated the digitisation and transformation of organisations. Independent of the industry and independent of the country boards realise that they need different skills and behavioural traits in order realise their strategic ambitions. I thought that it is a good time to hear from two board search professionals what it takes and get a seat on the table and what dilemmas boards face. Welcome to the Better Boards podcast series....

Duration:00:23:56

A pulse check on boards of VC-backed organisations in 2021 | Alexander Leigh, Investment Manager & Dr Sabine Dembkowski

1/21/2021
Covid-19 is causing economic havoc around the globe but the impact is different and depends on the industry. In this podcast we examine the impact the pandemic had on boardrooms of VC-backed organisations. I am delighted to bring our listeners a view from the frontline from one of the most active VCs in the UK. Welcome to the Better Boards podcast series. In this episode, Dr Sabine Dembkowski talks to Alexander Leigh. Alex is Investment Manager in one of the most active Venture Capital...

Duration:00:14:20

Creating effective boards - The 7-hallmarks of effective boards | Dr Sabine Dembkowski, Founder and Managing Partner of Better Boards and Chris McColgan

1/7/2021
In this episode, Chris McColgan, Managing Editor of the Business Scout, steps in as host to speak to Dr Sabine Dembkowski, Founder and Managing Partner of Better Boards about "Creating Effective Boards, the Seven Hallmarks of Effective Boards" A lot has been said about the increasing challenges boards face – from governing an organisation through the pandemic to disruptive technologies, shifting demographics and geopolitical risks. Corporate failures have brought the importance of...

Duration:00:16:27