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Board Paper Writing episode

In this board paper writing podcast, Dan and I talk about my new books, Elevate and Engage.

Together, we unpack our deep understanding of the paper-writing process for both leaders and paper writers. These two books look at this challenge from each of those angles:

  • Elevate helps leaders set their teams up to write papers they don't need to rewrite themselves.
  • Engage helps teams write papers that their leaders can approve without burning nights and weekends iterating drafts.

Timestamps 

0:08 – Introducing Dan, a board paper veteran

1:09 – Introducing Davina’s new book, Elevate, to help leaders set their teams up to write papers they don't need to rewrite themselves 

1:55 –  Dan’s initial impression of Elevate as a support for people writing papers for senior leaders and boards

3:44 – How Elevate addresses the ‘guessing game’ 

10:00 – A great example of why you need to get the framing right at the start 

11:28 – Why the typical paper brief fails 

15:08 – The importance of producing quality papers for senior leaders and boards

18:23 – Using Davina's techniques to improve papers and stress test your strategy 

24:14 – Discussing the missing ‘process’ and how to implement it 

32:02 – Why writing skills are not the issue – and why many companies haven’t realised it 

36:00 – Why Dan thinks Elevate is the ‘better way’ 

38:28 – Where to find out more about Davina’s new books and the Board Paper Bootcamp 

 

 RESOURCES

  1. Learn more about Davina's new books here >>
  2. Learn more about the Board Paper Bootcamp here >>

 

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