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The Post: Why your board should watch it, altogether


At the end of your next board meeting I recommend that you and your fellow board members should all go out to the cinema, watch The Post, and then have dinner together to discuss it.


I feel certain that when your CFO reads my justification for such wild extravagance they will be convinced of the ROI.


First, The Post contains all they need to know about sexism in the boardroom and what they can do to fix it.


Some people will wince when they watch this film. At one board meeting all the men talk over the woman who owns the business, The Washington Post.


At the climax of the film, Speilberg manages to convey sexism at its most bullying by arranging all the men around Meryl Streep's character who is seated, with them hulking close and over her as she is trying to make a crucial business decision.


He then has a wide shot of her breaking free, physically, of her so called board "colleagues" and then she takes her decision, with great courage.


Second, for the price of a few cinema tickets, some popcorn and a Nando's your board could learn the importance of having a shared purpose and how that is probably the best hedge against business, legal and reputation risk that money can buy.


The film appears to be about The First Amendment, but it's deeper message is about wholesome shared objectives. If the word wholesome makes you feel queasy, then get used to it. Because wholesome is back in fashion, big time. Just clock the reaction to The

President's Club shenanigans last week.


By wholesome I mean: an ethical focus, which goes beyond the bottom line, to address society as a whole.


By shared I mean just that: everyone around the board room table goes through the pain of figuring out what sentence they are all willing to sign up to that makes their endeavour worthwhile.


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