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The problem with “Challenge” and “Oversight”

The last couple of weeks I have been pointing out some of the failings of the Three Lines of Defence (3LoD) Model of Risk Management. The red tape it creates and the outsourcing of responsibility for managing risk.However, there is…See More
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3LoD Resulted in Outsourcing Responsibility for Risk

Last week I pointed out that one of the failings of the Three Lines of Defence (3LoD) risk management model was that it created a whole lot of red tape as regulators looked for evidence of each line delivering on its promises.Another problem is that the implementation of the 3LoD model in many organisations has resulted in the outsourcing of responsibility for…See More
Jul 9
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Jul 2
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

What is needed for Risk Leadership 2020s style?

Last week my blog was about what your risk function should look to deliver in the 2020s. In it I suggested risk functions should deliver:“The kind of leadership that will ensure a culture where everyone leans in and takes accountability for managing the uncertainty surrounding their decision making”.Realistically, how are we going to do that? By…See More
Jun 25
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What should your risk function deliver in the 2020s?

Last week I wrote about why risk management has been failing in many organisations. The reason I gave was because risk functions often don’t deliver much value to the business served. The root cause, risk professionals often…See More
Jun 18
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Why Risk Management is failing in organisations

While there continues to be man-made catastrophes and Royal Commissions into the operation of industries such as finance and aged care, one must conclude that risk management has failed in many organisations. The banks and insurance companies were not bereft of resources focussed on risk and compliance. Unfortunately, their efforts had limited impact. There are many reasons that risk management is not strong and prevalent across the business landscape. The oldest and most entrenched reason is…See More
Jun 10
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Invaluable Advice

When is the last time you had someone look at you with their jaw dropped and their eyes wide? I hope it was recently. It could mean you just gave them invaluable advice.Invaluable advice is hard to come by unless you do the hard-smart work. That is the work that others won’t or can’t do. The kind of work that is full of using your business acumen, your wonderful imagination and your scientific nous.And you know something? I bet you a gazillion dollars the last time that happened it was not…See More
Jun 4
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Partnering to Make Risky Decisions

It is inherently difficult to make fantastic decisions all the time without outside assistance as we are all subject to deep-seated psychological biases — some genetic, some learned in our formative years and some a response to particular events in our lives. Therefore, forming a tight partnership between you and your advisers is key. Partnerships are important because as…See More
May 28
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Acumen + Data = Precision

Last week I wrote about leading the business savvy in learning organisations 2020s style where I explained that a great business acumen is enhanced with creative thinking (see figure below). This week I concentrate on the relationship between the business savvy leader and the scientific types in organisations. The techos, the…See More
May 14
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Leading the business savvy in a learning organisation

My recent blogs have been on leading learning organisations 2020s style (see figure below). This week I concentrate on the business savvy leaders in organisations. For example, the street smart, politically smart and strongly determined leaders that make things happen."Being business savvy is a terrific skill. A skill that can be learned. A skill that can…See More
May 7
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Leading the scientists in a learning organisation

Last week I wrote about leading learning organisations 2020s style where I explained that a great business acumen is enhanced with scientific method and creative thinking (see figure below). This week I’m concentrating on the scientists in organisations. For example, the data guys over there in the corner. They don’t say much, they beaver…See More
Apr 30
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Leading a learning organisation 2020s style

The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge published in 1990 exposed to the world Senge’s seminal work on the learning organisation. While Senge’s five disciplines of Systems Thinking, Personal Mastery, Mental Models (blinkers or blind spots), Shared Vision and Team Learning continue to be important, if not vital, components of the modern organisation, leading the modern learning organisation has necessarily changed.The…See More
Apr 23
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Data Pilots

No, not unmanned aircraft flying us around the world! A small project to assess the value of a bigger data project and to stimulate interest and eventually strong support for the project.Why a pilot project before you go into a full blown project you know you will get benefit from? Because most big data projects take longer, cost a heck of lot more than planned and tell…See More
Apr 16
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Creating Appetite

Last week I listened to Creativity 101 on the ABC Podcast This Working Life. Widely acclaimed creativity and innovation guru Sir Ken Robinson was being interviewed. One of things that makes Sir Ken Robinson shake his head is how many…See More
Apr 9
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Brain-numb(er)ing

In the past month or so with blogs on KPIsKRIs and …See More
Apr 2

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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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The problem with “Challenge” and “Oversight”

Posted on July 16, 2019 at 3:30am 0 Comments

The last couple of weeks I have been pointing out some of the failings of the Three Lines of Defence (3LoD) Model of Risk Management. The red tape it creates and the outsourcing of responsibility for managing risk.

However, there…

Continue

3LoD Resulted in Outsourcing Responsibility for Risk

Posted on July 9, 2019 at 1:00am 0 Comments

Last week I pointed out that one of the failings of the Three Lines of Defence (3LoD) risk management model was that it created a whole lot of red tape as regulators looked for evidence of each line delivering on its promises.

Another problem is that the implementation of the 3LoD model in many organisations has resulted in the outsourcing of…

Continue

3LoD Creates Red Tape

Posted on July 2, 2019 at 1:10am 0 Comments

The last few weeks I have been blogging about Risk Leadership. I have covered why risk management has failed in many organisationswhat the risk function should look like in the…

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What is needed for Risk Leadership 2020s style?

Posted on June 25, 2019 at 1:30am 0 Comments

Last week my blog was about what your risk function should look to deliver in the 2020s. In it I suggested risk functions should deliver:

“The kind of leadership that will ensure a culture where everyone leans in and takes accountability for managing the uncertainty surrounding their decision making”.

Realistically, how are we going to…

Continue

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