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Boardroom disasters can manifest in various ways and are often a combination of factors, ranging from leadership shortcomings and poor corporate culture to weak internal controls to concerns around succession planning and ownership structure. A post-mortem of the historical corporate scandals indicates that often, while the board and/or executive management have been aware of the risks, they have remained complacent due to unhealthy board dynamics or external pressures.

​Understanding and addressing the precise reasons for these failures are critical for boards to navigate the complexities of today's business landscape and thus avoid disasters that can have severe consequences for the organisation and its stakeholders. Bankruptcy, regulatory and legal fines, reputational damage, loss of investor confidence and employee morale – these are just some of the adverse consequences of board failures.

Mitigating these risks requires robust governance practices, effective risk management, and a commitment to ethical conduct at the board level. Boards must continuously assess their performance and adapt to changing circumstances while prioritising the best interests of the organisation and its stakeholders.

We had the pleasure of hosting an engaging and interactive dinner, where board directors and experts in board governance practices delved into this topic using examples from their own experience.

** Delphos and Impact Boards EM co-host closed-door events around the world. These events are by invitation only. If interested, please contact us on for more information**

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