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Directors on Digital Podcast

The Australian Institute of Company Directors and Microsoft are proud to launch the new Directors on Digital podcast to help directors unlock innovation and growth through digital transformation. In each episode, eminent broadcaster Alan Kohler sits down with Australia's leading non-executive directors to talk all things tech. Exploring topics from calculating risk to hardwiring innovation, we hear from luminaries including David Thodey, Catherine Livingstone, Diane Smith Gander, Wendy Stops and Josephine Sukkar in this tech podcast.

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Directors on digital

Bonus Episode

An insider’s guide to data governance, AI and turtle surveillance

Hosted by Narelle Hooper, Editor in Chief of Company Director magazine with guest:

  • Lee Hickin Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Australia.

This bonus episode of Directors on Digital shares the extended insights of Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer, Lee Hickin, with introduction and narration by Narelle Hooper, Editor in Chief of Company Director magazine.

This episode will deepen directors’ understanding of why correct digital hygiene and management is the engine of successful digital transformation. Lee Hickin outlines the importance of getting the basics of good data governance right - what's vital to protect and how to do that well. To wrap up, he also shares his favourite examples of where AI is being used successfully and what responsible use of AI really requires.

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Directors on digital

Episode 1

From surviving to thriving - maintaining innovation momentum

Hosted by Alan Kohler with guests:

It’s a truism that Australians are good improvisers, and we’ve proved it again during the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic. What the invention of the internet began, the pandemic accelerated, putting digital transformation plans on steroids. Suddenly, everyone was video conferencing; cloud-based IT systems were introduced to allow working from home and companies adapted to the unprecedented challenges. The question is now, how do we maintain the momentum, building on the confidence gained and seize the huge opportunity that digital technology presents? More than a year on from the pandemic, the challenge for board directors is moving their businesses on from survival mode, building on the confidence we’ve gained and seizing the huge opportunity that digital technology presents.

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Episode 2

Why leadership matters more than ever: balancing wellbeing, empathy, purpose and performance

Hosted by Alan Kohler with guests:

  • Peter Fuda Leadership advisor, author and professor of management, on the mindsets to drive success in digital transformation
  • John Mullen Chairman, Telstra, Executive Chairman, Toll Group, NED Brookfield Infrastructure Partners
  • Steven Worrall Managing Director, Microsoft Australia

In a post-pandemic world, where businesses have shifted rapidly into new ways of working, the quality and type of leadership matters more than ever. How can boards and directors adopt new mindsets and practises that deliver the right kind of leadership to maintain the positive momentum many businesses have grasped? We know culture starts from the top, and in this fascinating episode we look at how trust is at the core of good leadership, explore the challenges of ensuring employees’ wellbeing and performance, the power of purpose to set a mission from the board down and how directors can come up to speed in understanding, and delivering, innovation and transformation across their businesses.

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Episode 3

People, Culture and Capital – in the innovation engine room

Hosted by Alan Kohler with guests:

Digital transformation is complicated, and executing it successfully depends on many factors. But one of the most important factors is a business culture that supports innovation from the top down. Innovative cultures depend on collaboration and connectivity. They depend on board members, executives and employees taking an open and curious approach to new ideas and dialogues with internal and external stakeholders.

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Episode 4

Leveraging Data for value creation

Hosted by Alan Kohler with guests:

Smart digital transformation offers significant opportunities for gathering valuable data about the organisation and the customer. For boards, data can uncover breakthrough business insights and help develop products, services and experiences to improve customer engagement. Data and how you use it is the “clay breaker” for value creation. But it’s an asset that needs to be leveraged thoughtfully and ethically and it’s an ongoing task, not a set and forget exercise. From security and privacy concerns to the biases that can underpin artificial intelligence algorithms, boards need to think carefully about how to ensure their organisations use data responsibly.

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Episode 5

We need to talk about risk

Hosted by Alan Kohler with guests:

  • Peeyush Gupta NED NAB, chair Charter Hall
  • Siobhan McKenna executive chairman, Foxtel, FoxSports, Sky News; director, Nova Entertainment, Woolworths

When it comes to risk versus reward and the role of the board, it’s always a tricky balance between the tensions of going for growth and managing risk. But during rapid digital transformation, the risks from not moving – the strategic risks - become extreme.

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Episode 6

Moving up the maturity curve

Hosted by Alan Kohler with guests:

In the wake of the pandemic, boards have a much more acute awareness of long-term risks. In this episode, we look at how boards are reassessing the risks required to create value in the digital world and how they can better negotiate the issues.

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