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Patrick Jenkins, Deputy Editor of the Financial Times, selects this week's must-read stories on FT.com for board directors.

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The inflation crisis: lessons from the 1970s

The global economy is in the midst of a growth slowdown coupled with multi-decade high inflation as economies feel the impact of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. This combination of weak growth and high inflation is reminiscent of the world economy in the 1970s and raises concerns that we may be heading for a repeat. This session will explore the inflation crisis and what the 'Great Inflation' of the 1970s can teach us about the economy and the market today. How close are the parallels between today's economic climate and the 1970s? What are the critical difference and what can we learn from the mistakes?

In-person event, London

Redefining leadership in the post-pandemic workplace

Lockdowns and working from home changed the relationship between leaders and led, probably irrevocably. With hybrid working and labour shortages giving employees the upper hand, what does leadership look like now? This panel will discuss post-pandemic leadership. Will the shift from a command and control leadership style to trust and influence remain in workplaces? And what leadership skills will be needed in order to navigate the post-Covid world successfully?

In-person event, London

Multi-generational and multi-cultural organisations

The ability to understand, inspire, communicate and manage the many opportunities, challenges, and behavioural dynamics involved in leading multi-generational and multi-cultural organisations is a major differentiator for business leaders. Being culturally and generationally adept and agile requires a high level of awareness of how others think differently as well as our own deep self-awareness. It also requires the ability to understand and manage conflicting objectives and ways of doing things. As usual, this will be a highly participative event with interesting content to stimulate group discussions with peers as well as shared learning amongst the group as a whole.

For VIP members only

Breakfast briefing with Patrick Jenkins, FT deputy editor

As we reach the end of another year when businesses are under stress from unavoidable macroeconomic and geopolitical uncertainty, how boards prepare their response will determine how successful they are. Moderated by Patrick Jenkins, Deputy Editor of the Financial Times, this exclusive roundtable discussion will allow participants to discuss the most pressing issues that boards will likely face in the year ahead with other VIP FT Board Director members. What should corporate boards expect in 2023? And what are the emerging opportunities and risks on the horizon?

For VIP members only - you will receive an invitation via email

Forecasting the World in 2023

As we come to the end of a tumultuous year, which began with the war in Ukraine and ends with inflation on the rise and a decline in global economic growth. This panel of FT experts will discuss their predictions for the world in 2023 and identify the key trends that will reshape the macroeconomic and business landscape next year. What is next for British politics now that Liz Truss is Prime Minister? Will we see further geopolitical tension and the breakdown of relationships between states? And as globalisation enters a new phase, how will this impact the global economy? They will also discuss how these changes are likely to play out over the next few years and how they will impact businesses.

The inflation crisis: lessons from the 1970s

The global economy is in the midst of a growth slowdown coupled with multi-decade high inflation as economies feel the impact of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. This combination of weak growth and high inflation is reminiscent of the world economy in the 1970s and raises concerns that we may be heading for a repeat. This session will explore the inflation crisis and what the 'Great Inflation' of the 1970s can teach us about the economy and the market today. How close are the parallels between today's economic climate and the 1970s? What are the critical difference and what can we learn from the mistakes?

In-person event, London

Redefining leadership in the post-pandemic workplace

Lockdowns and working from home changed the relationship between leaders and led, probably irrevocably. With hybrid working and labour shortages giving employees the upper hand, what does leadership look like now? This panel will discuss post-pandemic leadership. Will the shift from a command and control leadership style to trust and influence remain in workplaces? And what leadership skills will be needed in order to navigate the post-Covid world successfully?

In-person event, London

Multi-generational and multi-cultural organisations

The ability to understand, inspire, communicate and manage the many opportunities, challenges, and behavioural dynamics involved in leading multi-generational and multi-cultural organisations is a major differentiator for business leaders. Being culturally and generationally adept and agile requires a high level of awareness of how others think differently as well as our own deep self-awareness. It also requires the ability to understand and manage conflicting objectives and ways of doing things. As usual, this will be a highly participative event with interesting content to stimulate group discussions with peers as well as shared learning amongst the group as a whole.

For VIP members only

Breakfast briefing with Patrick Jenkins, FT deputy editor

As we reach the end of another year when businesses are under stress from unavoidable macroeconomic and geopolitical uncertainty, how boards prepare their response will determine how successful they are. Moderated by Patrick Jenkins, Deputy Editor of the Financial Times, this exclusive roundtable discussion will allow participants to discuss the most pressing issues that boards will likely face in the year ahead with other VIP FT Board Director members. What should corporate boards expect in 2023? And what are the emerging opportunities and risks on the horizon?

For VIP members only - you will receive an invitation via email

Forecasting the World in 2023

As we come to the end of a tumultuous year, which began with the war in Ukraine and ends with inflation on the rise and a decline in global economic growth. This panel of FT experts will discuss their predictions for the world in 2023 and identify the key trends that will reshape the macroeconomic and business landscape next year. What is next for British politics now that Liz Truss is Prime Minister? Will we see further geopolitical tension and the breakdown of relationships between states? And as globalisation enters a new phase, how will this impact the global economy? They will also discuss how these changes are likely to play out over the next few years and how they will impact businesses.

How to recruit and retain Generation Z in the post-pandemic workplace

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed how we live, work and do business, and many of these changes are here to stay. As companies refine their strategies to adjust to the post-pandemic world, a focus on how they attract talent should be a key component. This session will focus on what companies should consider when engaging with, and hiring, Gen Z. What are the attributes of Gen Z that make them different to any other generation? What are they expecting from the post-pandemic workplace? And how do generational differences impact the workplace?

The business impact of the Ukraine war

The war in Ukraine has now entered its third month and organisations continue to grapple with the disruption to their businesses. Although primarily a humanitarian crisis, the conflict has accelerated long-term business trends already brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic such as global inflationary pressures and disrupted supply chains. This panel will discuss the business implications of the war in Ukraine. How are organisations navigating this crisis and the high level of uncertainty ahead? Does the war mark the end of globalisation? And will the crisis drastically reshape global supply chains?

How to master risk

Retired four-star General Stan McChrystal has lived a life associated with the deadly risks of combat; he has seen how individuals and organisations, too often and to great costs, fail to mitigate risk. Why? Because they focus on the probability of something happening instead of the interface by which it can be managed. In conversation with Andrew Hill, the FT’s management editor, McChrystal will explain how to build and strengthen your organisation's risk management and what it takes to master risk to your and your business’s advantage. Drawing on practical examples ranging from military history to the business world, he will share ten dimensions of control that you can use to detect, assess and respond to risk.

In-person networking

Meet fellow members at our first in-person event of the year, hosted at the Financial Times in London. We’ll also be joined by guest speakers Katie Martin, Markets Editor, Financial Times and Philipp Hildebrand, Vice Chairman, BlackRock who will discuss the markets outlook for 2022. Post-event content will be shared after the event for those of you unable to attend.

How companies can fix the gender imbalance in leadership positions

While progress has been made on improving the gender diversity of boards, women remain largely under-represented in senior leadership positions. This session will provide an in-depth discussion on what effective measures companies can take to improve gender balance across their organisations and the challenges associated with this.

The Rise in Cyber Attacks

Sir Alex Younger, former MI6 Chief, discusses with John Thornhill, the FT’s Innovation Editor, how organisations can protect themselves against cyber attacks and how governments and the private sector can work together to build resilient cyber strategies.

Global Economic Outlook 2022

Sir Howard Davies, Chairman of Natwest Group, explores the trends impacting the global economy in the year to come. How will the continued new variants of Covid-19 impact the global economic recovery? How big is the inflation risk in the short and medium-term? How will these challenges affect the prospects for global trade?

Forecasting the World in 2022

There are five key trends set to dominate the coming decade and beyond - debt, tech, climate change, demographics and Asia’s economic rise. Watch this event recording to learn how the pandemic has accelerated these trends and what all this means for investors in the West.

Net positive: how courageous companies thrive by giving more than they take

At this event, Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever and co-founder and chair of IMAGINE, explains how you can profit by fixing the world’s problems instead of creating them.

Navigating the relationship between Chair and CEO

At this exclusive 'Chatham House style’ discussion, board members were presented with a dilemma based on a genuine, real-life situation where the Chair and the CEO are in conflict. In small groups, they discussed the situation, the issues it raises for the board and the best solution to resolve.

The Proposed Reforms to Audit and Corporate Governance

Dan Thomas, Chief UK Business Correspondent, Financial Times and Sir Jonathan Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Financial Reporting Council discuss the recent publication of the UK white paper on audit and corporate governance reforms.

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