At the inaugural Sport CEO Knowledge Forum at Twickenham Stadium, leaders from across the UK sports landscape discussed some of the findings of the 2019 Portas Sport CEO Survey.
During an inspiring forum, wide-ranging topics were actively discussed and debated. These included opportunities and challenges that are impacting their sports, associations, clubs and participants.
The infographic on the link below highlights the main challenges, personal and organizational, faced by CEOs in the current landscape, with time and financial pressure featuring prominently.
Over the coming weeks, the Portas team will be exploring the questions and the broader findings of the CEO Survey. Initial focus will be on three key themes:
1. The complexity of the sports landscape
The sports landscape is changing faster than ever. Sports organisations are responsible for an increasing range of activities, from grassroots participation to stadium operation. This rising complexity is impacting on sports CEOs who are increasingly feeling the pressure to deliver.
2. The role and skillset of the CEO
In the current landscape where new headline grabbing broadcasting deals seem to be being signed with increasing regularity, many organisations are looking to recruit CEOs with deep media expertise. Is this the right approach? Does a CEO need to have a deep functional or sector expertise or is their remit to provide general leadership and direction, ensuring the organisation is equipped with the necessary capability to respond to changes in the landscape? Sports organisations are still grappling with this fundamental distinction.
3. Collaboration within the industry
Collaboration between organisations has previously been explored as a potential solution to an increasingly uncertain landscape. Whilst there are examples of success, notably in the NBA, collaboration in the UK sports landscape has not been as effective as it could be and needs to be.
For more detailed insight into the survey findings, please contact [email protected]