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Webinar: Activate your ESG strategy with storytelling

Date: 14 July 2022
Time: 4:00pm BST (11:00 EST, 10:00 CST)

When it comes to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategy, ahead of us lies one of the biggest changes in mindset and strategy that the world has ever seen. However, for businesses to deliver on this at the necessary pace and scale, they will also need to leverage the power of their people to make change happen.

In this webinar, we’ll unlock the secrets of how storytelling can help leaders to accelerate their ESG strategy and drive bigger and bolder outcomes to maintain the long-term health of their business and our planet.

The panel is made up of:

  • John Kjorstad – Chief Operating Officer, KPMG IMPACT
  • Marc Kaiser – Head of Corporate Communications & Investor Relations, Baloise Group
  • Robert Tennant – Head of UK & International Development, The Storytellers 
  • Moderated by Flora Brown – Senior Consultant, The Storytellers

During this session we’ll cover:

  • How to get buy-in: The ‘sit-up and take notice’ reasons why ESG should be top of your boardroom agenda.
  • Shifting mindsets and behaviour: How storytelling can become a mechanism to leverage your people around the challenge ahead.
  • Sustaining momentum: How businesses can create a movement of change to ensure their ESG strategy continues to deliver over many years.

Expect an interactive session with plenty of opportunities to put your questions to our expert panel.

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You can also contact any member of our Client Director Team if you have any questions:

Lynn Archer: lynn.archer@thestorytellers.com

Blane Sweeney: blane.sweeney@thestorytellers.com

Jon White: jon.white@thestorytellers.com

Jessica Lonsdale: jessica.lonsdale@thestorytellers.com

Webinar: ‘Creating an environmental legacy’ with Douglas Millican – CEO of Scottish Water

When an entire nation depends on your services every day, as a leader, how do you ensure that your organisation remains resilient to any new challenge that may impact on delivery?

Scottish Water is trusted to keep Scotland supplied with clean water and take care of the country’s natural environment every minute of every day. With a proud heritage based on innovation, to ensure the organisation remains on the front foot to achieve its delivery targets and environmental ambitions, they’ve unveiled a future vision that gives its committed team of 4,000 employees more ownership over their roles.

In our ‘Stories from the C-suite’ series, we talk to leaders who we believe are expert storytellers about their approach to turning vision into reality to future-proof their business for the long term. In this episode, Douglas Millican CEO of Scottish Water for nearly 10 years joined us to explore:

  •  How the role of CEO has evolved in the last decade
  •  The ways leaders can build a legacy for our planet as well as their business
  •  The role of storytelling in aligning and galvanising employees behind achieving Scottish Water’s future vision

In the years ahead, leaders will need to continue adjusting to recent seismic societal and economic shifts by staying nimble, flexible and creatively future-proofing their organisations. This proved to be a pertinent conversation packed with key takeaways.

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Webinar: Making your EVP a reality, not just a promise

For businesses experiencing or readying themselves for future attrition and recruitment challenges, having a distinctive and authentic EVP has never been more critical.

During this webinar, we explored how leaders can harness the power of storytelling to create and elevate a standout EVP that helps organisations to improve employee experience and attract the talent they need.

 We covered:

  • Why a standout EVP is now more important than ever.
  • How storytelling can strengthen and build belief in a company’s EVP – from candidates to employees and leaders.
  • How to align a leadership team behind the strategic, operational and behavioural priorities that underpin the EVP.

Panellists were:

  • Marcus Iles, Chief Storytelling Officer at The Storytellers
  • Alison Esse, Co-founder and Director at The Storytellers
  • Hannah Moyo, Head of Consulting UK at The Storytellers

Enter your details to watch a recording of the webinar in full.

You can also contact any member of our Client Director Team if you have any questions:

Lynn Archer: lynn.archer@thestorytellers.com

Blane Sweeney: blane.sweeney@thestorytellers.com

Jon White: jon.white@thestorytellers.com

Webinar: ‘Empowering the future generation’ with Abigail Melville – CEO of We Rise

Today, ’Gen Z’ can easily get the wrong idea about big organisations – and vice versa. In an increasingly complicated system of post-16 education, young people in the UK are all too often left to navigate their own path, relying on personal and social networks to make the difficult transition from school to work. This disadvantages those from less affluent backgrounds.

We Rise is an award-winning community business challenging stereotypes and tackling social disadvantage. Its mission is to empower young people to create successful futures by enabling them to explore and experience the real world of work, try new things and be challenged to deliver.

Passionate about tackling inequality, after 25 years working in public, commercial and non-profit organisations – including spells as a Councillor in South London, public affairs consultant and secondary school teacher – Abigail Melville founded We Rise to make an impact in her community.

In our ‘Stories from the C-Suite’ series, we talk to C-suite leaders who we believe are expert storytellers about the challenges of leading organisations through change and find out what lies ahead in the next stages of their journey.

In this latest episode, Abigail joined us to explore:

  • How the global pandemic has impacted opportunities for young people
  • How organisations can benefit by empowering a more diverse future workforce
  • How We Rise uses storytelling and narrative to shift mindsets and drive change.

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Overcoming key leadership challenges in 2021

The number of new opportunities and challenges created by the pandemic shows no sign of dwindling. Businesses that can respond to new demands on their markets will always be best equipped to navigate risks and remain sustainable in the long term. 

The COVID crisis has fundamentally changed many aspects of our lives, not at least how we work, and successful business leaders will adjust to these seismic societal shifts by staying nimble, flexible and creatively future-proofing their organisations.

In our ‘Stories from the C-suite’ series, we talk to leaders, who we believe are expert storytellers, about the challenges of leading through change and how they will approach the next stages in their journey.

Each webinar provided valuable takeaways on how leaders can overcome both the common and more unique challenges large organisations face at this time. 

As the series takes a break during August and September, I invite you to catch up or watch back and reflect on the conversations we’ve had since the beginning of the year.

Stories from the c-suite Rabobank

WATCH: ’Future of Food’ with Will Jennings – CEO, UK at Rabobank 

Will shared how the global food crisis has come to drive Rabobank’s mission and purpose. And why storytelling and narrative are important to leaders looking to drive long-lasting change.

Stories from the Csuite CFA Institute

READ: Transformation in Asia’ with Nick Pollard – MD APAC, CFA Institute

Accompanying this webinar is a free guide outlining the skill set needed for leaders to unlock business transformation in Asia.

Stories from the C-suite AXA Health

WATCH: ’The Future of Health’ with Tracy Garrad – CEO, AXA Health

We explored how Tracy dealt with the challenges of the pandemic in an industry at the forefront of the crisis. We also discussed how the business has adapted and what healthcare will look like in the future.

Stories from the C-suite: Noble Foods

WATCH: ’Food for thought’ with Duncan Everett – CEO, Noble Foods

From a unique position of having experienced and led two different food companies during the pandemic, we were keen to hear what Duncan had learned and what he will focus on moving forward.

Stories From the Csuite - Hostelworld

WATCH: Navigating Crisis’ with Gary Morrison – CEO, Hostelworld

Arguably one of the hardest hit during the pandemic, the travel industry has been dealt consistent blows with no respite. We discussed with Gary, a veteran of digital travel companies, what Hostelworld did to ensure that it had a roadmap to recovery, and how it plans to thrive when normal travel patterns resume.

Stories from the C-suite Hays

WATCH: ’Talking Talent’ with Alistair Cox – CEO, Hays plc

Forces of change are sweeping across the recruitment industry, and we wanted to know how Alistair is navigating this tumultuous but exciting landscape. He also shared plenty of insights on what the future of recruitment might look like.

Stories from the C-suite: Pheonix Group

WATCH: ’Facing The Crisis’ with Andy Briggs – CEO, Phoenix Group

He was a new CEO, taking up the role during the early stages of the pandemic – we wanted to know how Andy was able to navigate Phoenix Group, the UK’s largest long-term savings and retirement business, through the toughest of times.

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Webinar: ‘Future of Food’ with Will Jennings – CEO, UK at Rabobank

We’re on the brink of a global food emergency, with consequences like nothing seen before in the last century. Despite more food being produced today than at any other time in history, to feed an anticipated global population of over 10 billion by 2050, our food system must tackle crucial challenges such as climate change, and get to grips with technological opportunities to make food production and distribution smarter and more efficient.

Rabobank, one of the largest food and agricultural banks in the world, is playing a decisive role in speeding up the global transition towards more sustainable food systems by taking a leading voice and supporting the F&A sector to navigate this rapidly changing landscape.

Will Jennings, is responsible for developing and delivering the UK strategy and operations of Rabobank. With over 15 years banking experience, he is passionate about transformation and digital innovation.

In our ‘Stories from the C-Suite’ series, we talk to C-suite leaders who we believe are expert storytellers about the challenges of leading through change and what the next stage in the journey is for them. In this latest episode, Will joined us to explore:

  • Critical challenges and threats to our global food system
  • How the global food crisis has come to drive Rabobank’s mission and purpose
  • Why storytelling and narrative are important to leaders looking to drive long-lasting change

Businesses that can respond to new demands on their sector or market will always be best equipped to navigate risks and have a healthy, profitable future. Furthermore, successful leaders will need to continue adjusting to recent seismic societal and economic shifts by staying nimble, flexible and creatively future-proofing their organisations.

This was a pertinent conversation packed with topical insights and key takeaways applicable to any sector.

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Webinar: ‘Transformation in Asia’ with Nick Pollard – MD APAC, CFA Institute

The pace of change shows no signs of slowing in Asia. In such a diverse region, with many distinct markets, languages, and cultures, leaders need a special set of skills to adapt to these seismic changes, transform their strategies and embrace transformation.

Recent events including the COVID-19 pandemic have also shaken up developments in an unparalleled way. For the latest episode of our ‘Stories from the C-Suite’ series, I was joined by Nick Pollard, Managing Director, Asia Pacific at CFA Institute, and Tony Williams, Leadership Coach and MD at Hong Kong-based strategic change consultancy Will Exell, to explore this topic further.

Nick is a seasoned wealth management and banking executive. In 2016, he joined CFA Institute, which has over 170,000 CFA charterholders worldwide, and more than 160 local societies. Tony, who advises boards on M&A and business transformation, set up Will Exell after gaining 15 years of experience as a C-Suite HR leader across four financial services companies.

Leading transformation across diverse markets, cultures and operations

A key point Nick stressed early on in the discussion was that due to its sheer size and diversity, while we can talk about Asia Pacific being one region, in a business context, we should never think about it that way.

One example of this was how different countries in the region handled the pandemic, which for leaders working across borders, posed a far wider range of challenges.

The impact of the pandemic and how organisations are adapting

Both Nick and Tony acknowledged that the last 18 months have been incredibly challenging for leaders – however, a common denominator across this diverse region was how to deal with uncertainty. With the focus very much on the ‘here and now’ leaders have had to get to grips with fast, short-term decision making as their businesses either thrived or required action to survive.

Nick described how the financial sector in Hong Kong was very quick to react to the pandemic. Like many Asian cities, where the average size of homes means people live in close quarters, the well-being of staff working from home became an important area of focus and often forced leaders to think outside of the box when it came to finding specific solutions for their teams.

In the last six months, Tony has observed a pivot where leaders have been able to think more strategically and look to a future beyond the pandemic. Although he warned that the recent cost reductions made by many organisations earlier on in the pandemic may not be sustainable in the long term. Therefore, leaders are going to have to find ways to simplify their business.

It was clear to Nick that management boards that had previously invested in technology were better prepared for the pandemic.  According to a CFA Institute research study, ‘Future of Work in Investment Management’, over half of the investment professionals surveyed said remote working has increased their efficiency. Nick said organisations are now starting to think carefully about hard processes for how future roles can be managed both in and away from the office.

Building high-performance cultures in times of crisis

“If you’re somebody who trusts your employees you’ll be able to cope far easier in a crisis,” Tony stated, however, he was equally keen to stress that how leaders react and respond will also depend on their organisational culture, business structure, and their individual personality. A big challenge will always be re-engaging employees after so much change – especially as operating models become more efficient, and sustainable practices and processes continue to be increasingly vital.

“All good leaders should be clear about the purpose of their organisation,” said Nick. He noted that organisations are moving away from purpose being ‘only a tagline’, to underpinning everything about how a business operates.

He also warned that people always remember how organisations engage with their employees during a crisis. Therefore, as we emerge from the pandemic, when it comes to attracting new talent, people will look for stories from existing employees when they decide on their next career move.

Overall, what was clear from our discussion is that leadership during a crisis requires a rounded skill set. “If you don’t have a style where you are focussed on both purpose and people, you will struggle going forward,” Tony concluded.

Gain more insights on Asia

Download our free guide where leaders from across the region, including Paul Baker COO at Genting Resorts and Sam Lau, Chief Executive of Total Loyalty Company, outline the skill set needed to unlock business transformation in Asia.

Webinar: ‘The Future of Health’ with Tracy Garrad – CEO, AXA Health

One shared outcome of the pandemic has to be the relevance of healthcare to all of us – no matter where we live, our age, or our profession. Globally, health has become an even more pressing priority for us all. COVID has accelerated issues in our healthcare system, highlighting inequalities, the need for greater personalisation in healthcare and also stressing an urgent requirement for easy remote access to it.

Tracy Garrad, CEO of AXA Health, has been at the helm of the Healthcare arm of AXA throughout the pandemic. She joined AXA from HSBC, where she held a variety of senior management roles, including Chief Executive of First Direct and Chief Executive of HSBC in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. We wanted to know how Tracy has dealt with the challenges of the pandemic in an industry at the forefront of the crisis, how the business has adapted and what healthcare will look like in the future. 

In our ‘Stories from the C-Suite’ series, we talk to CEOs who we believe are expert storytellers about the challenges of leading through change, and what the next stage in the journey is for them. 

We explored topics such as: 

  • The impact of the pandemic on the health industry
  • AXA’s plan to improve its customers’ healthcare and general wellbeing moving forwards
  • How Tracy has led through such difficult times, and what she has learnt about leadership

As it becomes clear that this crisis has changed how people live, work and spend their free time, successful business leaders will need to continue adjusting to these seismic societal shifts by staying nimble, flexible and creatively future-proofing their organisations.

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Webinar: ‘Food for thought’ with Duncan Everett – CEO, Noble Foods

The past year has thrown a lot up in the air – our plans, work, where we go and who we can see – but one thing has remained a constant in our lives: the food we eat. We have relied on stable food supplies throughout the pandemic and briefly, back in March 2020, when supermarket shelves were bled dry, we glimpsed the serious risks of losing control over our food supply. Duncan Everett has been at the heart of the food industry for over 20 years. He took over the role of CEO at Noble Foods, the UK’s largest egg producer in September 2020, during very turbulent times. Before Noble Foods, he was CEO at Kerry Foods, having joined its graduate programme in 1995 after studying economics. From this unique position, having experienced and led two different food companies during the pandemic, we wanted to know what Duncan has learnt and what he will focus on moving forwards.

In our ‘Stories from the C-Suite’ series, we talk to CEOs who we believe are expert storytellers about the challenges of leading through change and what the next stage in the journey is for them. 

We explored topics such as: 

  • The impact of the pandemic on the food industry
  • The sustainability challenges the food industry faces and how will they be tackled 
  • Future-proofing the industry so it is ready for innovation and transformation
  • The future of the world’s food supply

As it becomes clear that the pandemic has changed how people live, work and spend their free time, successful business leaders will need to continue adjusting to these seismic societal shifts by staying nimble, flexible and creatively future-proofing their organisations.

Watch this highly relevant conversation now by entering your details.