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Hating Restraints

People mostly don’t like to be restrained. We also don’t like some constraints but we like others. For example, we like choice when buying but we don’t like too many choices.Restraints on the other hand are an attack on our freedom.Take seat belts for example. They were first …See More
Monday
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Nudging Executives

Senior leaders love to be challenged, when you prove them right!Unfair? Yes. There are plenty of great leaders who truly want their staff to speak up. However, even some of these may suffer from measurement blindness.When it comes to numbers and decision making there are three positions people take.BelieversThese people believe measurement enhances decisions. They will…See More
Oct 20
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Beyond Nudging

Sometimes you need to go beyond nudging decision makers. However, the personal risk you take when challenging a decision depends on culture.Last week I was given cause to reflect on my time at HIH Insurance and the causes of its demise in 2001.…See More
Oct 13
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Nudging the CFO

Can you make a difference with measurement if the culture of your organisation is one that does not respect, let alone crave data? In my experience it is tough to go hard against the grain of an organisation’s culture. The better way is to nudge it.How might you nudge it? Culture change can start from outside the executive team but ultimately it has to be adopted by a key…See More
Oct 6
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Early indications are …

Where should your lead indicators (KRIs or Key Risk Indicators in the field of risk) come from?A few years ago my colleague Andrew Prately and I toured the country to speak at Chartered Accountants Business Forums. We spoke on KPIs – Key Performance Indicators. We talked about lead and lag indicators and we talked about limiting the number of KPIs, as having too many…See More
Sep 22
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Data problems are not the real problem

My colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on a mission to defeat quantifornication. Last week we ran the first of two …See More
Sep 8
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Finding directionality

My stats guru colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on the move to tackle Quantifornication, the plucking of numbers out of thin air. Last week was supposed to be our final blog we are co-writing but we couldn’t resist sneaking in another…See More
Sep 1
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When uncertain, seek directionality

My stats guru colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on the move to tackle Quantifornication, the plucking of numbers out of thin air. Here is the seventh in a series we are co-writing.Nothing is certain. Not even death and taxes. Because the…See More
Aug 25
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Testing Relationships

My stats guru colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on the move to tackle Quantifornication, the plucking of numbers out of thin air. Here is the sixth in a series we are co-writing.Relationships are the branch of statistics that describe…See More
Aug 18
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Taste Testing Quantification

My stats guru colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on the move to tackle Quantifornication, the plucking of numbers out of thin air. Here is the fifth in a series we are co-writing.The story of statistics started with a question about …See More
Aug 11
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Infinite possibilities is not the trap

My stats guru colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on the move to tackle Quantifornication, the plucking of numbers out of thin air. Here is the fourth in a series we are co-writing.We all have a tendency to overestimate our knowledge. And…See More
Aug 4
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From Guestimate to Estimate – As simple as 1,2,3

My stats guru colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on the move to tackle Quantifornication, the plucking of numbers out of thin air. Here is the third in a series we are co-writing.Why do so many educators in statistics consistently fail to translate these ideas into something that people can both remember and use? The problem is the language, not the numbers.…See More
Jul 29
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

The Danger of the Guessing Game

My stats guru colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on the move to tackle Quantifornication, the plucking of numbers out of thin air. Here is the first in a series co-written together.We’re far better at identifying good and bad writing than…See More
Jul 21
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Pointed Estimates

My stats guru colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on the move to tackle Quantifornication, the plucking of numbers out of thin air. Here is the first in a series co-written together.One of the biggest problems with estimates is that it…See More
Jul 14
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Accuracy over Buckshot

WARNING – If you are a vegetarian, vegan or an animal lover you may be offended by the story in this blog post.When you're presented with numbers you don't know if they are buckshot or accurate. You often assume the later when it is often the former.You must often witness people plucking out of thin air, numbers such as budget estimates, estimates of probability and…See More
Jul 7
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

The Strategy Funnel Part II

One of my readers reached out to me after I introduced the strategy funnel last week which made me decide to prepare an example of how the approach works for a prolonged crisis, like COVID-19. One of my sons co-manages the bars in a three-level restaurant offering a variety of dining experiences. It is located in Manly here in Sydney, which is a tourist area. I have been…See More
Jun 30

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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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Bryan Whitefield's Blog

Hating Restraints

Posted on October 27, 2020 at 1:38am 0 Comments

People mostly don’t like to be restrained. We also don’t like some constraints but we like others. For example, we like choice when buying but we don’t like too many choices.

Restraints on the other hand are an attack on our freedom.

Take seat belts for example. They were first …

Continue

Nudging Executives

Posted on October 20, 2020 at 2:05am 0 Comments

Senior leaders love to be challenged, when you prove them right!

Unfair? Yes. There are plenty of great leaders who truly want their staff to speak up. However, even some of these may suffer from measurement blindness.

When it comes to numbers and decision making there are three positions people…

Continue

Beyond Nudging

Posted on October 13, 2020 at 1:42am 0 Comments

Sometimes you need to go beyond nudging decision makers. However, the personal risk you take when challenging a decision depends on culture.

Last week I was given cause to reflect on my time at HIH Insurance and the causes of…

Continue

Nudging the CFO

Posted on October 6, 2020 at 4:20am 0 Comments

Can you make a difference with measurement if the culture of your organisation is one that does not respect, let alone crave data? In my experience it is tough to go hard against the grain of an organisation’s culture. The better way is to nudge it.

How might you nudge it? Culture change can start from outside the executive team but ultimately it has…

Continue

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