Time to Lead

22 May 2020

As this new economic reality starts to take hold, a high level of strategic reflection remains crucial for businesses to remain resilient and forward-looking. More than ever, leaders need to demonstrate this resilience –and that they can not only respondeffectively in this time of crisis, but recover and thrive throughout it and into the future.

In each episode our speakers will be interviewed on an important ‘big think’ topic. They will zoom into it from a global point of view, sharing their personal perspectives as a global leader.

Each podcast will bring a number of key strategic discussion points to the table, important to consider when the market recovers. Listen to the podcasts below:

No. Topic  
1 The Power of Purpose LISTEN

In Episode 1 of our brand-new #TIMETOLEAD leadership podcast series, Keith Farlinger, BDO’s global CEO, has a laser focus on the power of purpose.

In the current crisis, leaders need to demonstrate their resilience if they are to recover –and go on to thrive into the future.And having a strong purpose has a role to play in making a business resilient:it has been proven that purpose-driven organisations do better.They are more ambitious, they attract and retain the right talent, they inspire innovation and are able to make faster decisions.

Crucially, they are more trusted.Why? Because purposeful organisations have a well thought-through strategy. They know exactly why they do what they do, and who they are doing it for.

In conversation with Eleisha Stevens of InspireWorx, Keith shares his personal views on a topic he values greatly.

Speaker: Keith Farlinger, BDO CEO

2 Building a sustainable future LISTEN

In Episode 2 of our #TIMETOLEAD leadership podcast series, BDO’s regional CEO EMEA, Trond-Morten Lindberg, focuses on the importance of a sustainable business.

Sustainability contributes to a company’s competitive edge and business growth, but sustainability is much more than just the green agenda: it is the management and coordination of all environmental, social and financial demands and concerns, which together ensure a responsible and ethical business. It enables organisations to attract and retain customers and employees who share the same values.

In conversation with Eleisha Stevens of InspireWorx, Trond-Morten discusses whether the topics which were on the Board agenda prior to the crisis remain as relevant as before.

3 Globalisation in the mid-market LISTEN

In Episode 3 of our #TIMETOLEAD leadership podcast series, BDO’s Global COO, Anders Heede and Noel Clehane, Global Head of Regulatory & Public Policy, focus on globalisation and the mid market.

The current crisis is causing many to ask if the rules of globalisation will be rewritten? And what the impact of globalisation will be on mid-market businesses - that are usually not global by design.

Introduced by Eleisha Stevens of InspireWorx, Anders and Noel have a energetic discussion about the transition global trade is going through, whether globalisation will give way to ‘slowbalisation’, the increasing complexities on all fronts - and in particular, the impact on the mid market.