The Board Masterclass - International Board Dynamics
The third course in a series of half-day workshops designed for professionals with board experience who are interested in staying up to date with the latest developments which affect their board roles.
The workshop is designed to be interactive and is run by recognised experts in their field.
The sessions are followed by networking drinks to give you the opportunity to meet informally with our speakers and fellow delegates.
Attendance at each workshop will entitle attendees to receive a special FT NED Programme Board Masterclass Certificate of Continuing Professional Development for 5 hours of structured learning.
- Improve your cross-cultural negotiation skills
- Identify and understand key cultural differences at board level
- Gain knowledge of the preferred ways of working in the US, China and Germany
- Learn the strategies for engaging international stakeholders
- Understand the necessary tools for managing dilemmas
- Hear insights and advice from the Chair of a leading organisation
- Find out what recruiters are looking for when they assemble an international board
Sitting on the board of a company based in a foreign jurisdiction can be a fascinating and rewarding experience and can give you a different perspective to inform your decision making. According to the 2018 Spencer Stuart Board Index an average of around 30% of board directors on listed companies in the 14 largest states of Europe are foreign nationals.
But there are cross-cultural issues which need to be addressed. The effective board member needs to understand what the cultural perspective of people from different nationalities is, and how to react to them. As Erin Meyer says in her seminal work The Culture Map ‘So whether we are aware of it or not, subtle differences in communications patterns and the complex variations in what is considered good business or common-sense from one country to another have a tremendous impact on how we understand one another, and ultimately on how we get the job done.’
This highly interactive and practical workshop looks in detail at three different jurisdictions, Germany, the US and China and will equip participants with the tools to identify and understand those cultural differences which will make all the difference to being an effective board member .
In addition, a leading recruiter will explain the types of skills and competencies that they look for in board members seeking to sit on an international board, how important international experience is these days when it comes to securing new roles and the advantages of a board member with international experience for a UK based growing business
Founder & CEOSee bio
International Marketing Partners×
Founder & CEO
International Marketing Partners
Allyson is a renowned advisor, author, speaker, educator and NED whose expertise in brand internationalisation is sought by leading businesses globally through her consultancy, publications, appearances and corporate education.
A Californian based in Europe for over 25 years, Allyson applies her extensive international consulting experience, MBA education with Dr Peter Drucker and languages (French, German) to the company she founded, International Marketing Partners.
Using its BrandTravel™ methodology, Allyson helps companies and their leaders to successfully and profitably span international and functional boundaries by giving them the tools to be more effective in a global arena. The benefits clients enjoy as a result include better localisation, increased corporate diplomacy capability and more effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Following her early career with blue-chip consulting firms PwC, PA Consulting Group and Hay Management Consultants, Allyson now advises Boards of Directors and corporate leaders in the services (legal, property and financial), luxury, retail, travel, hospitality and industrial sectors to name a few. Her expertise enables them to lead across cultures, achieve marketing and business development strategies, integrate acquisitions and build their corporate diplomacy skills. Allyson has advised more than 200 businesses in 26 countries including Aegis, BAE Systems, Burberry, Cadbury, Coach, HSBC, Lufthansa, NBC Universal, SAB Miller and Shell.
Allyson serves as a Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the UK’s professional body for the Marketing profession, having been elected by its members in November 2017. She also serves as a Member of the Advisory Board of the National Business Awards.
FT Non-Executive Directors' Club×
FT Non-Executive Directors' Club
Lesley Stephenson is the Publisher of the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors' Club and also of the Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma.
She has specialised in corporate governance since publishing the Cadbury Report on behalf of the London Stock Exchange in 1992. Lesley has written for the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), the European Corporate Governance Institute and the ICAEW NED Special Interest Group.
She has been the Publisher of the Club since 2003, she was the driving force behind the development of the FT NED Diploma and continues to oversee it.
She also publishes the leading monthly newsletter on corporate governance, Governance, which has been around for over 20 years covering governance developments and best practice world-wide.
Global DirectorSee bio
FT Career Management×
FT Career Management
Steve has 24 years experience in the commercial departments of global news content providers, firstly with The Telegraph Media Group where he ran various vertical sector print and digital publications and latterly with The Financial Times, where he is currently the Global Director of Financial Times Career Management (FTCM). His remit includes the running of exec-appointments.com, the FT Non-Executive Directors' Club and the FT Non-Executive Director Diploma and the Business Education franchise. He has been involved with the FT NED Diploma from conception through to it's current state of being the most recognised, robust and credible formal qualification for independent directors in the world.
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