Bryan Whitefield's Blog (116)

Foolproofing Strategy Implementation

Sorry. You can’t foolproof implementation of your strategy. No matter how good it is. You can however, give it a much better shot whilst battling those underlying intangible…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on October 17, 2017 at 2:30am — No Comments

Battling underlying organisational forces

Last week I wrote about corporate high performance units. Today I write about their biggest challenge: Battling the underlying intangible forces that dictate an…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on October 10, 2017 at 1:11am — No Comments

The time is now for High Performance Units

Sport learns from business and business learns from sport. The time is now for corporates to adopt from sport, wholeheartedly, the concept of High Performance Units. I say wholeheartedly because I hear “high performance” used in corporates often. However, I rarely see anything new and exciting.

A…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on October 3, 2017 at 3:26am — No Comments

The Ultimate Blind Spot

It is a question that's difficult to answer, however, let me ask it anyway:

“Why will otherwise perfectly rational people ignore risk?”

I’m not talking about thrill-seekers who love the adrenalin rush of high-risk outdoor pursuits such as base jumping, where there is no reserve parachute as there is…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on September 26, 2017 at 4:20am — No Comments

Want a great strategy?

It’s funny how everyone wants a great strategy but not everybody wants to deal with the risk of achieving the strategy. I think it is because the following statement is true:

“Risk management is good management.”

Hence…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on September 19, 2017 at 3:12am — No Comments

There is a new elephant in the room

Here is the essence of a conversation I had with a senior leader in a large publicly listed company:-

Me: How’s business?

Senior Leader(SL): Great!…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on September 13, 2017 at 7:31am — No Comments

Your Mum and Dad were right

You know that old saying,“If something’s worth doing it’s worth doing well”? Why don’t we apply the same sage advice in business? While being world’s best would be fantastic, I am not talking about that. Just doing stuff well is all I am asking.…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on September 5, 2017 at 1:53am — No Comments

Resilience Smilience – It is just a platform

I have frequently talked about resilience as being one of the benefits of a great strategy and sound risk management. For example, here is a paper I wrote about…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on August 29, 2017 at 1:25am — No Comments

Essence of Decision and the Cuban Missile Crisis

Recently I read Essence of Decision – Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis by Graham Allison and Philip Zelikow. I won’t tell a fib and say it is an easy read. Bits of it are. The…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on August 22, 2017 at 2:00am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on August 15, 2017 at 1:45am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on August 8, 2017 at 1:29am — No Comments

Face-ism

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

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on August 3, 2017 at 2:00am — No Comments

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,…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on July 25, 2017 at 3:53am — No Comments

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). …



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Added by Bryan Whitefield on July 18, 2017 at 12:54pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on July 11, 2017 at 2:30am — No Comments

Energise by Managing your VEGetables

The last few weeks I have been writing about blind spots. The personal biases we all form at the…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on July 4, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on June 27, 2017 at 10:18am — No Comments

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 …

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on June 21, 2017 at 1:40am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on June 15, 2017 at 12:45am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on June 12, 2017 at 8:52pm — No Comments

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