Executives around the world are scrambling to cope with a tsunami of crises: a global pandemic, shattered economies, trillions in debt, and more. Yet there’s a specific group of people who can single handedly make—or break—your organization’s response to it all: the board. Best-in-class boards create the agility to adapt to rapid growth, looming recessions, and unexpected shocks. But broken boards, or those that are simply inefficient, create environments where failures and scandals easily take hold (think: Boeing, Volkswagen, and FIFA). Today, this risk of disaster is tenfold.
Professor Cossin is the founder and director of the IMD Global Board Center, the originator of the Four Pillars of Board Effectiveness methodology and an advocate of Stewardship. He is the author and co-author of books such as Inspiring Stewardship, book chapters (such as Governance Risk: A Guide for Investors) and many articles in the fields of governance, investments, risks and stewardship, several of which have obtained citations of excellence or other awards.
He works with owners, boards and senior leaders to provide the latest thinking on best-in-class governance, board effectiveness, the governance and selection of investments, board dynamics and strategy design. He favors an adaptive and interactive approach to finding distinctive solutions for organizations on a wide range of governance topics. His latest research focuses on stewardship, how we can foster organizations to have long-term positive social impact while creating economic value for all. His past research has dealt with optimizing governance in critical decision making, M&As and risks.
During this interview, Didier and I discuss the following topics:
- His background and story
- The four pillars of board effectiveness
- Where organizations are failing in achieving high performance status
- How to high performance boards deal with crisis management
- How to lead boards effectively
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