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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 9 of our  #TIMETOLEAD  leadership podcast series, our Global CEO Keith Farlinger looks back at the past crisis and considers how leadership might look in the emerging future. The pandemic has really highlighted organisation’s strengths and weaknesses and separated true leaders from the pretenders. How do leaders inspire others and shape their actions? Setting clear objectives and defining expectations, maintaining engagement and focus, while communicating in a clear and transparent manner, is more relevant than ever.   

The right leadership behaviours will help companies be resilient during the crisis and to thrive in the future. What are the right behaviours to lead in these complex times where, innovation, agility, sustainability, diversity, corporate performance and client service is so important? 




In Episode 8 of our #TIMETOLEAD leadership podcast series, Paul Eagland, Managing Partner BDO in UK and member of the Global Board, looks ‘over the horizon’ and shares his personal views on how the economic landscape and businesses will look like after the crisis.  

Months of worldwide lock-down have seen soaring infection rates and devastating loss of life. With the forced closure of the worldwide economy and the consequential impact on people’s personal lives, so much uncertainty still remains. Will businesses reopen and jobs bounce back?  Are we at risk of a global recession?  What can businesses do to protect themselves? 

In an open discussion with Eleisha Stevens of InspireWorx, Paul talks about the important lessons from the crisis and how businesses will have to rethink their business models, build resilience to cope with the unexpected, and best prepare for future situations. This will not be the last crisis. Business leaders will need to reconfirm their purpose, explore how they can best engage with their clients, and find the courage to stretch themselves above stakeholder return.




In Episode 7 of our #TIMETOLEAD leadership podcast series, Belinda Thompson, Global Head of IT, and Allan Evans, Global Head of Business Development & Marketing talk about how to maintain digital acceleration.

COVID-19 has fast-tracked digital transformation in almost all businesses. But what about the behavioural aspects? How do we avoid a speedy revert to type? How can companies solidify a number of the important changes and new digital technologies?
The answer is not unambiguous, as several elements play an important role.

In an open discussion with Eleisha Stevens of InspireWorx, Belinda & Allan talk about digital and behavioural acceleration, and about the role of the organisation’s staff, leaders and its clients to find that right blend.




In Episode 6 of our #TIMETOLEAD leadership podcast series, Chris Smith, Global Head of Audit, talks about working with digital nomads.

Digital nomads have been around for several years - but who are those digital nomads? Covid-19 has made the world a virtual laboratory - testing our effectiveness to work in virtual teams. We have been forced to think about what the consequences are when working with remote professionals. How do you manage them, and what are the challenges and opportunities? Being a digital nomad himself, Chris explains how he has successfully led a virtual team these past few years.

The current crisis has resulted in a significant increase in remote working. But working from home, and leading a remote team also poses challenges. How can you create and maintain a good team dynamic? How do you measure the team’s productivity, and how do you engage with clients?

In an open discussion with Eleisha Stevens of InspireWorx, Chris talks about the engagement of a remote workforce, client satisfaction, and the need of digital collaboration platforms.





In Episode 5 of our #TIMETOLEAD leadership podcast series, Allan Evans, Global Head of Business Development and Marketing and Albert Lopez, Regional CEO Americas, talk about the changing face of client service.

Companies are faced with increasingly demanding customers who are more informed than ever. In this digital age, customers have a world of knowledge at their fingertips and are less likely to stay monogamous.

Should a business embrace that company-hopping trend rather than fight it? Will a virtual client relationship become the norm? How can businesses find a healthy balance between a digital and personal client service?

In an interview with Eleisha Stevens of InspireWorx, Allan & Albert talkabout customer loyalty, about new ways of customer engagement, the intelligent use of technology, and above all the human experience. Finding that right ‘chemistry’ between the buyer and the seller, and creating a relationship build on trust will remain crucial.






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?