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An assumption that got me angry

Recently I was staying at a hotel for business on the mid-north coast of NSW. At breakfast, I noticed a group of women golfers sitting near me. They seemed like nice people.The power of the hotel went out. Heading back to my room I stopped at reception to ask the best way to go. Two of the women were a few paces behind me. One said…See More
Monday
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Risk-ism and the Commonwealth Bank

Last week I wrote about Face-ism and that it takes us less than 200 milliseconds to form a judgement about someone just by viewing their face. A judgement that is likely to be wrong as our facial expressions are formed from…See More
Aug 8
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Face-ism

Nick Cave and I have something in common. We both fell in love at first sight. In “First impressions – the…See More
Aug 3
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Enjoy the ride

What does a reserve bench do for a team in sport? It provides the coach with options, real options, depending on how the game plays out. If a player is injured, a reserve bench provides the coach with a range of players to choose from and that is why the bench is often frequented by great all-round performers, players who…See More
Jul 25
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Make sure your garden is intriguing

I am a bit of a gardener. More because I like the physical work than the “creations” that result. Which means all my talk of VEGetables and hard-smart work of late is right up my alley (check out my recent blogs here). Just to recap, VEG stands…See More
Jul 18
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Take off the blindfold

Last week I promised more on hard-smart work, the way to defeating our personal biases that create our blind spots. So…See More
Jul 11
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Energise by Managing your VEGetables

The last few weeks I have been writing about blind spots. The personal biases we all form at the intersection of the…See More
Jul 4
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Put Some Source on your VEGetables

Yes, I am keeping with the VEGetable theme which is all about the clarity of your thinking. Clear foresight if you will.Last week I wrote about how we have blind spots to our thinking and…See More
Jun 27
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VEGetables underlie clear thinking

You know the saying from your Mum, “You should eat your carrots. They’re good for your eyesight!”.Carrots are a vegetable and the “VEG” in vegetable is a great acronym for understanding where your blind spots…See More
Jun 21
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Blind Spots are Black Spots

Last week I blogged about 4 wrong questions that I saw organisations trying to answer and wasting opportunity while doing so. Why did they do so? Why do we not always kick the goals we plan…See More
Jun 15
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

4 Wrong Questions

Last week I blogged about a strategy being nothing but a hypothesis. It quickly became one of my most popular blogs. In it I stated that the biggest single failure of a strategy is…See More
Jun 12
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

A strategy is but a hypothesis

I have facilitated countless workshops for executive teams. Sometimes we kick goals because the exec team have done their homework and really know their business and the challenges they face. They have done enough of the hard-smart work to know what they need to tackle and now they are working through the options and determining the best path forward.Then there are the ones that have not done their homework. The formation of strategy appears based on hope or even wish rather than facts and…See More
May 31
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Invite a chicken to lunch

I have always been fascinated by the old question, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” According to…See More
May 24
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May 10
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

It's good to be common

 Why do I say it’s good to be common? You aren’t common and you know it. Everyone of us is special.I am a member of several tribes. There is my…See More
Apr 21
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Experts Need Advocates

No one doubts your expertise. Staff know when they need to come to you. They know they won’t get their budget approved without engaging with finance, recruit without HR, get the final approval without compliance and on the list goes. The problem is their perception of what you do. Here is a list I would love to add to if you have a good one and time to reply:…See More
Apr 7

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Bryan has helped thousands of leaders to achieve their goals over a career spanning 30 years in engineering, insurance and management consulting. His passion is for making the difficult and complex become doable.

He has worked with organisations across just about every sector of the economy, all levels of government, not-for-profits large and small and a range of rising star SMEs.

Bryan is like a translator. He is comfortable in complex and challenging environments as he knows how to find pathways to a simpler world with eminently achievable goals.

Bryan’s mantra is for leaders to do the “hard-smart work” others won’t. To do the research, analysis, risk assessment and creative thinking that others only do half-heartedly. Hard-smart work is what sets successful organisations and leaders apart from the pack.

Whether speaking from the stage, authoring books, coaching executives or facilitating workshops, Bryan’s ultimate goal is to help organisations live in a world with clarity of decision making. A clarity that energises executive teams, empowers managers and excites their staff.

Amongst many volunteer roles Bryan held the position of President and Chairman of the Board of the Risk Management Institution of Australasia (RMIA) from 2012 to 2015.

Bryan published DECIDE: How to Manage the Risk in Your Decision Making in November 2015.

Each week I post a Blog about Risk, Strategy and/or Persuasion. I keep my Blogs light-hearted, short and sharp. They cover a range of topics from how to create value from risk programs and executing strategy through to how to persuade people to buy-in to your crazy new ideas.
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An assumption that got me angry

Posted on August 15, 2017 at 1:45am 0 Comments

Recently I was staying at a hotel for business on the mid-north coast of NSW. At breakfast, I noticed a group of women golfers sitting near me. They seemed like nice people.

The power of the hotel went out. Heading back to my room I stopped at reception to ask the best way to go. Two of the women were a few…

Continue

Risk-ism and the Commonwealth Bank

Posted on August 8, 2017 at 1:29am 0 Comments

Last week I wrote about Face-ism and that it takes us less than 200 milliseconds to form a judgement about someone just by viewing their face. A judgement that is likely to be wrong as our facial…

Continue

Face-ism

Posted on August 3, 2017 at 2:00am 0 Comments

Nick Cave and I have something in common. We both fell in love at first sight. In “First…

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Enjoy the ride

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 3:53am 0 Comments

What does a reserve bench do for a team in sport? It provides the coach with options, real options, depending on how the game plays out. If a player is injured, a reserve bench provides the coach with a range of players to choose from and that is why the bench is often frequented by great all-round performers,…

Continue

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