Boards today face a range of complex challenges as stakeholders demand greater transparency and accountability across decisions that affect the success and sustainability of enterprises. Specifically tailored to address the evolving needs of Board Directors in Asia, the Directors-in-Dialogue is a thought-provoking and insightful series of highly interactive forums that facilitate robust, in-depth discussions and debates on topical subjects of high relevance to board directors today. The discussion themes for each forum vary and are continually refreshed to reflect subjects that are top-of-mind for board directors in Asia today.
Board directors and senior executives need to be well prepared for the unexpected. This session takes you through a series of exercises that simulate a major crisis for an organisation. Working through a variety of challenges that you could encounter at any time in your organisation, the session addresses the issues of: poorly performing boards; determining and monitoring CEO and business performance criteria; and boards dealing with crisis.
Expect to be involved in a highly intense simulation of the BP board during the Deepwater Horizon crisis. This simulation was designed by Professor Paddy Miller and Tony Hayward, former CEO of BP, to enhance the effectiveness of board directors in high pressure situations.
The events that proceeded the crisis: the stepping down of the previous CEO; the appointment of a new CEO, combined with a scathing public inquiry into the BP board provide the backdrop for board directors to take serious action to improve all-round corporate performance.
During the session, you will:
- Develop and implement assessment and monitoring methodologies for CEO and company performance
- Improve board decision-making under conditions of intense pressure
- Create a sustainability impact checklist for their organisations
Originally designed for Jay Lorsch's Harvard-IESE "Creating Value at a Board Level" programme, the session is consistently ranked as one of the highlights of the programme.
Paddy Miller, Professor of Managing People in Organizations at IESE Business School in Barcelona has worked with board directors and senior executives for many years. He specialises in in-company engagement with management teams and has spoken at various platforms across the globe with organisations such as Abbott Labs, Anglo-American Corp, Bulgari, Henkel, Lufthansa, Volkswagen, Caterpillar, the United Nations FAO, Standard Life Scotland, L’Oreal and Abbvie. He and his colleagues at IESE Business School have been consistently ranked by the Financial Times as number one in customised in-company programmes over the last four years (2015-2018).
With a longitudinal perspective to organisational transition, his interests and expertise revolve around leadership and change management, with a focus on the specific issues of leading innovation in multinational organisations.
Over the past few years, Paddy has been based in Hong Kong, working with large Asian organisations. His latest book "Innovation as Usual" published by Harvard Business Press addresses the issues of implanting innovation in big organisations. He has taught on programmes at IESE, Harvard, Darden as well as HCLI.
Board Chairs, CEOs, Executive Directors and Non-Executive Directors of publicly listed and privately-owned companies, family-owned businesses, government agencies, social enterprises, and non-profit organisations
I find this series very practical and extremely beneficial. I would recommend more board directors and senior executives attend this series to facilitate mutual understanding of perspectives between board and management.
Seah Choo Meng, Director, Mapletree Industrial Trust Management Ltd.
"Excellent platform and forum to interact with fellow directors, exchange ideas and share insights on the key issues facing Board leadership. Highly respected facilitator that raised the energy and successfully evoked input from the participants...I came away inspired to make changes and implement fresh ideas."
Sharon Sng, Board Director, Surbana International Consultants Pte Ltd
"Good practical advice from experienced directors that provides insightful thinking on how to improve one's own role as an effective Board Director."
Patrick Go, Independent Director, Del Monte Pacific Ltd