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    A series of leadership podcasts from BDO


We’re pleased to welcome you to #TIME TO LEAD, a new series of leadership podcasts from BDO.

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. Now, more than ever, leaders need to demonstrate this resilience – and that they can not only respond effectively in this time of crisis, but recover and thrive throughout it and into the future.




In Episode 4 of our #TIMETOLEAD leadership podcast series, BDO’s Regional CEO Asia Pacific, Stephen Darley talks about the Asian resilience. Having lived and worked in Asia these past 20 years, Stephen shares his insights in the unique strength of Asia, their quick decision making and flexibility to reinvent themselves after a crisis. Together with Eleisha Stevens from InspireWorx, they discuss the inevitable changes to the current economic landscape after COVID-19, with onshoring & reshoring implications, but he also lists a number of possible growth drivers.





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.

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.






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

Trond-Morten quotes Norway’s former Prime Minister and former Director General of the World Health Organisation, Gro Harlem Brundtland who, back in 1987, already stated that sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the needs of future generations.  To Trond-Morten, this is the very essence of a sustainable business. 

In conversation with Eleisha Stevens of InspireWorx, Trond-Morten discusses how it is no longer enough to talk about sustainability, or include the topic in a mere glossy report. It is now time to act and move the issues of sustainability from the fringes to the heart of business.  It is time for a business to re-think a number of their fundamental long-term strategic questions.






Exec summary: 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.

Next week in Episode 2: Trond-Morten Lindberg, BDO’s regional CEO EMEA on the importance of a sustainable business and asks, Are all the topics that were on the board agenda before the crisis still as relevant as they were before?