66 episodes

Welcome to the Future Directors podcast where every single episode we hope to bring you an insightful interview, diverse perspectives and exciting new ideas. Our guests include a who’s who of governance thought leaders and board directors from around the world. These are the people pushing the boundaries of the boardroom.

Brought to you by Future Directors, we have one very simple goal on the show, and that is to help you to become the most respected, influential and impactful board director you, can, be.

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Welcome to the Future Directors podcast where every single episode we hope to bring you an insightful interview, diverse perspectives and exciting new ideas. Our guests include a who’s who of governance thought leaders and board directors from around the world. These are the people pushing the boundaries of the boardroom.

Brought to you by Future Directors, we have one very simple goal on the show, and that is to help you to become the most respected, influential and impactful board director you, can, be.

    Episode 66: BOARDROOM 2.0: Governance Models of the Future

    Episode 66: BOARDROOM 2.0: Governance Models of the Future

    In this special Decision84-related episode, we have two amazing guests, Sharon Sutherland and Dr. Dean Blomson, discussing the future of boards.
    Sharon is the leader with Ernst Young’s Global Center for Board Matters. In her work, she enables board members and directors to navigate their increasingly complex roles. Dr. Dean Blomson is a highly experienced business transformation strategist and professor at UTS Business School in Sydney.
    In this episode, we chat about Decision84, our upcoming annual virtual board governance summit, and give a sneak peek into the opening session featuring Sharon and Dean:
    How do we make sure the board can ask the right questions at the right time on the right topics and with the right information? How do you exercise stewardship, focusing on how to leave something in a better shape than you found it? What ways can the investments in the major capital projects be better thought through and better implemented? What are the global megatrends affecting society, organizations, and communities in the longer term? Technology and transformational change. Shift in geographical dynamics and values dynamics. How can the organization address the challenges by looking at the root cause? How do we know as a board that our operating model is fit for purpose? Connect with Sharon:
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 65: Special Episode: Decision84

    Episode 65: Special Episode: Decision84

    This special episode features Paul Smith chatting with this podcast's former co-host, Anna Byrne, about our upcoming virtual board governance summit, Decision84.
    Decision84 is the world’s leading board governance virtual summit. Held over 2 weeks from 31 August to 9 September, hundreds of decision-makers come together to learn, connect, debate and stretch their thinking. Decision84 is the only international event designed exclusively for those ready to stretch their thinking, push boardroom boundaries and help create the next era of governance.
    In this episode, you will find out:
    Why did Anna and Paul start Decision84 last year? What were the highlights of the inaugural event in 2020? Why is it called Decision84?
    What makes the summit different from other governance conferences?
    What will be discussed at Decision84 this year?
    What is the special discount code for listeners of the podcast? Check out www.decision84.com for more information.
    Connect with Anna:
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    • 27 min
    Episode 64: (Part 2) Charlotte Valeur: Why you should find (board) governance fascinating

    Episode 64: (Part 2) Charlotte Valeur: Why you should find (board) governance fascinating

    Quick reminder that this is Part 2 of Charlotte’s episode. If you’ve not already listened to Part 1, we suggest checking it out first, then coming back to enjoy the second half.
    In Part 2, Charlotte and Paul question why board governance just doesn’t seem exciting to many people – and we think they’ve found the answer. Listen to the episode to find out.
    You’ll also hear about:
    The benefits of reverse mentoring How to overcome intergenerational clashes How do these clashes feed into the bigger picture? Do we need less ‘numbers people’ and more ‘people people’ in the boardroom? What are Charlotte’s hopes for the future of governance, and what are her fears? Charlotte’s essential tips for aspiring directors (of any age/gender/experience) Why vulnerability and authenticity are key attributes for great directors If you loved this, you’ll love hearing Charlotte speak at our upcoming Decision84 event. 
    Connect with Charlotte Valeur:
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    • 44 min
    Episode 63 (Part 1): Charlotte Valeur: Championing neurodiversity in the boardroom

    Episode 63 (Part 1): Charlotte Valeur: Championing neurodiversity in the boardroom

    Charlotte Valeur is an experienced non-executive director and listed company Chair, with over 35 years of executive and governance experience. She is a former Chair of the Institute of Directors (UK) and now heads up the Global Governance Group.
    Her board resume is highly impressive. 
    Charlotte is also neurodiverse. She first spoke publicly about her autism diagnosis last year (2020) and now works to showcase the strengths and talents of neurodiverse people, especially in the boardroom. 
    In this first of two episodes with Charlotte, you’ll hear about:
    Charlotte’s experience opening up about her autism diagnosis Why aren’t more directors and executives able to speak up? Has Charlotte’s diagnosis changed the way she approaches her role on boards? How can we create inclusive decision-making cultures? Is ‘fitting in’ dangerous for good governance? How can board directors balance fitting in and being different? How to deal when people get defensive to new ideas If you loved this, you’ll love hearing Charlotte speak at our upcoming Decision84 event. 
    Connect with Charlotte Valeur:
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    Effective Directors: The Right Questions to Ask
    Connect with podcast host and award-winning author Paul Smith:
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    • 35 min
    Episode 62: Scott Baldwin on building a collaborative boardroom culture

    Episode 62: Scott Baldwin on building a collaborative boardroom culture

    This episode features Scott Baldwin, certified board director, governance advisor and co-founder of DirectorPrep.com and The Savvy Director blog. 
    Scott is well-known as a board director who asks really good questions, so it was exciting getting him on the show and asking him some (hopefully) really good questions. As it turns out he turned the tables on Paul and started asking him great questions! 
    In this episode, we find out what initially got Scott into board governance and why he’s on a mission to create environments where collaboration and inclusivity are the norm. The chat also dived into:
    Why is it that too many CEOs dread board meetings? Who should drive an organisation’s board agenda? What’s the number one tool a board has that can effectively control their focus and priorities? Which type of board director can be highly valuable, but not often heard at the table? How can we create collaborative, inclusive boardroom cultures? What are some of the trends in the boardroom at the moment? If you loved this conversation, you will definitely enjoy the conversations we’ll have at our upcoming virtual and international board governance summit, Decision84.
    Back for its 2nd year, this ground-breaking event is brought to you by Future Directors, NeuroPowerGroup and BoardPro. Decision84 is the event for those directors, governance specialists and business leaders looking to challenge their assumptions and stretch their thinking as high performance decision-makers.
    With an international lineup of speakers, multiple timing options so anyone, anywhere can attend live, PLUS the opportunity to connect meaningfully with an extraordinary group, this is an event that can’t be missed. 
    Grab your ‘VIP Early Adopter’ ticket now for exclusive discounts + digital goodie bag worth almost the same as the ticket price + exclusive replays and more. This ticket is limited to the first 84 attendees only). Group discounts are also available.
    Connect with Scott:
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    • 1 hr
    Episode 61: Defining Good Governance with Maali Khader

    Episode 61: Defining Good Governance with Maali Khader

    We’ve been on a short hiatus while lining up a number of awesome Australian and international guests. But, we’re kicking back into gear with our latest guest Maali Khader, CEO of the Middle East Institute of Directors.
    Maali is driving change within the corporate culture of the Middle East. She focuses on building awareness, education and behavioural change across governance, diversity and corporate social responsibility practices.
    She’s also a speaker in our upcoming Decision84 event and it was a pleasure to chat to her about:
    What does ‘good governance’ mean? How diversity affects decision-making processes What’s the common trigger that leads to discussions around diversity and inclusion?  Why are we so slow to adopt diversity on a corporate level? Does this change across different cultures? Can we measure the impact and effectiveness of a board One question all board members should be asking themselves Connect with Maali:
    Middle East Institute Of Directors (MEIoD) 
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    • 1 hr 4 min

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Great discussions on the boardroom dynamics

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