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Stop Pushing and Start Pulling

I once ran a chemical plant for what was then ICI. I was a shift supervisor at Rhodes in Sydney, a zone now redeveloped as a major shopping and residential apartment area. The world changes, and so have I.When you run a continuous process chemical plant, the money is in keeping it online 24/7 and running as close to maximum…See More
Tuesday
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Calculated Trust

To influence you must build trust. Here are some ideas on how you can assess the level of trust perceived by those you wish to influence.My thanks to Didier Verstichel from Belgium for his reply to a recent blog of mine, where he gave me the trust formula he uses (he doesn’t remember the original author):…See More
Jul 10
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Freezing in Sub Zero Trust

Recently I ran my Risk Leadership training for a client and I had a room of participants that arrived with an extremely poor perception of risk. My role was to convince them of the value of risk and to have them leave the room with definitive actions agreed as to how they will derive that value.The atmosphere in the room…See More
Jul 3
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Persuasive Advising

Everyone is an adviser. Even if you are the CEO or the Chair of the Board, you are an adviser. As an adviser you seek to influence key decisions. The people we take advice from most readily are those we most trust. To be clear, trust is contextual. I trust my mum, but I don’t rely on her advice when it comes to the…See More
Jun 26
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Angry Culturalism

Sorry, I meant cross culturalism. As in influencing across cultures without making the person from the other culture angry, as in cross.Recently I was mentoring a client in a national business performance role. One of his challenges was his need to convince a staff member in China, who is Chinese, to effect changes to the…See More
Jun 19
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Leading Alongside

Leading alongside. That’s what advisers in organisations are essentially doing. You can’t dig it out of the ground, fly it, design it or decorate it for them. You can only lead them as best you can so as they make the best decisions.Unfortunately, often due to expediency, we use our authority to get things done. What is the problem…See More
Jun 12
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Acceptance of mediocrity

In my first book, DECIDE: How to manage the risk in your decision making, I made the statement “…in my experience, an acceptance of mediocrity and an acceptance that projects (and decision making) are difficult are the norm in the vast majority of organisations.”In the simplest terms, when you are advising you are influencing a…See More
Jun 5
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We’ve never had a conversation like that before

It’s here. Winning Conversations: How to turn red tape into blue ribbon. Plenty of blood, sweat but not an ounce of tears has gone into my second book. I loved writing it. I love the core message intertwined through it. You should and most definitely can show the revenue producers, the policy makers, the senior leaders…See More
May 29
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We must cure mollisvitaephobia

Mollisvitaephobia is fear of soft skills.Ok. You got me. I made it up by translating soft skills into Latin. Why? Because there is most definitely an ailment in organisations that needs fixing and it needs a name.There is a bias towards technical training at the expense of soft skills training.Want proof? How about these gems…See More
May 23
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Frozen in time by data talk

Is your board showing signs of being either completely over the data thing or are they frozen in time because no one has been able to give them a logical path forward? Both situations have the same cause, everyone is sitting around staring at the data tree of life, pondering all that can be, and no one is stepping up to…See More
May 15
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Boaring Conversations

It takes about eight hours of someone’s time, your time, your team’s time to give a senior executive team or board 15 minutes of advice. Those 15 minutes simply can’t be wasted!Over the last four weeks I have taken you through the four key elements of my Pathfinder Model for a winning conversation.…See More
May 8
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Being Incredible to Boards

While I am sure there is more to the story about law firm Clayton Utz and their report for AMP, but how do you think their credibility as a provider of independent advice was impacted by this simple line in this news article…See More
May 1
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Telling Tales to Boards

Sanjay Verma was 5 years old when he was at parent teacher night with his older sister. He turned to her and asked why other kids in the room had parents there and he didn’t. It was then his world turned on its head. It was too much for his young mind to fully comprehend but he knew what his sister told him was big. She…See More
Apr 24
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Influencing Boards with Pictures

Last week I urged you to stand in the shoes of your board so you could identify their problems and align what you do with what they need. The next challenge is showing them you understand their problem. Yes you…See More
Apr 17
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Influencing Boards with Big Shoes

I have been running with a series of blogs about the boardroom. My R is for CanceR blog last week suggested some boards are totally disconnected…See More
Apr 10
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Triple A Oversight

My last few blogs have been about the boardroom. The need to tap into the board’s experience, by…See More
Mar 27

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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

Stop Pushing and Start Pulling

Posted on July 17, 2018 at 5:45am 0 Comments

I once ran a chemical plant for what was then ICI. I was a shift supervisor at Rhodes in Sydney, a zone now redeveloped as a major shopping and residential apartment area. The world changes, and so have I.

When you run a continuous process chemical plant, the money is in keeping it online 24/7 and…

Continue

Calculated Trust

Posted on July 10, 2018 at 3:00am 0 Comments

To influence you must build trust. Here are some ideas on how you can assess the level of trust perceived by those you wish to influence.

My thanks to Didier Verstichel from Belgium for his reply to a recent blog of mine, where he gave me the trust formula he uses (he doesn’t remember the original…

Continue

Freezing in Sub Zero Trust

Posted on July 3, 2018 at 3:45am 0 Comments

Recently I ran my Risk Leadership training for a client and I had a room of participants that arrived with an extremely poor perception of risk. My role was to convince them of the value of risk and to have them leave the room with definitive actions agreed as to how they will derive that value.

The…

Continue

Persuasive Advising

Posted on June 26, 2018 at 3:31am 0 Comments

Everyone is an adviser. Even if you are the CEO or the Chair of the Board, you are an adviser. As an adviser you seek to influence key decisions. The people we take advice from most readily are those we most trust. To be clear, trust is contextual. I trust my mum, but I don’t rely on her advice when it…

Continue

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