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Start a Mental Revolution

Recently I came upon this title in a paper I was reviewing as a judge for the ASEAN Risk Awards featuring entries from across South-East Asia: “Deputy Manager Changes and Mental Revolution”. Boom! What a title. While it might be a quirk from the translation from Indonesian it struck home for me what you should aim for with your foray into the world of data. A mental…See More
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Data by Design

This McKinsey article titled …See More
Nov 7
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Bedtime Data Stories

Bedtime data stories are telling stories about data with data.Have you ever asked yourself, “Why bedtime stories?”. Maybe you grew up with them and you have kept up the tradition. Maybe you understand they are good for your child’s development, in particular their vocabulary, comprehension and the development of their…See More
Oct 30
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Exponential S-Curves – what the?

Those of you that know your maths know that an S-Curve can have an exponential portion to its curve but it can’t BE an exponential curve. However, I recently came across a diagram showing a series of S-curves overlaying an exponential curve which to me portrayed something very different to seeing either in isolation. It was in…See More
Oct 23
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Data Min(e)dset

There are data miners and then there is data mindset. The former are the people and/or their tools that do the digging through the numbers. The latter is about a whole lot more. Last week I blogged about how to help people believe the numbers. This week I am going a big step further talking about four different types of data mindsets and the implications for decision making in…See More
Oct 16
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Helping them believe the numbers

Decisions are all about emotion, however, numbers are so very important. At the end of the day if the bank balance is zero, no amount of emotion is going to change that.  When it comes to numbers and decision making there are essentially three positions people take. Believers These people believe numbers enhance decisions. In…See More
Oct 9
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When numbers hurt most

One of the most soul-destroying events that can happen to a company is for a bean counter to be appointed as CEO with a vision that involves cost cutting and not much else. While I am one of the first to hold true to “In God we trust, all others bring data”, I have seen too many companies damaged from a CEO overly focused on…See More
Oct 2
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Spending vs Investing

A strategy is of itself a hypothesis. Something that is proved true or false over time.  For more on this, read one of my most popular blogs here: A strategy is but a hypothesis.In proving…See More
Sep 25
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Solving Quantifornication

Solving Quantifornication has the benefits of countering fake news, avoiding poor decisions based on a poor risk assessment and learning to pose the right questions.Quantifornication is a term that I use to describe any of the following:Twisting data, intentionally or not, to make a point that the data does not actually…See More
Sep 18
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From Trust to Trust with Data

We need data we can trust so that we can build trust using data. However, it is not as easy as it sounds. A study of over 1,400 marketing campaigns by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising in the UK found that campaigns selling on emotion only were 32% effective. Worse still, campaigns selling on logic only were…See More
Sep 11
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Leading through complexity

Too many business leaders lack an appreciation for numbers and of science in general. Whether it be data or the value of scientific processes such as hypotheses testing and experimentation.What is also missing in many leaders is a vivid imagination. It is an absolute prerequisite to lead in this modern and complex world of ours.The figure represents what it means to be a great leader in complex times.…See More
Sep 6
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They won’t care what you think unless…

In recent blogs I have been urging you to stand in the shoes of those you wish to influence. Recently I read a blog by futurist Gihan Perera that gave another reason to urge you on. In his blog There’s an ‘I’ in Team he…See More
Aug 28
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Powerful advice EMMAnating from Beauty and the Beast

It is a slightly cryptic clue. I love the way you just have to have a peak at my blog when I come up with an interesting enough title! I’ll give you a bit more of the clue. She played Belle in the movie Beauty and the Beast. Now to my point.The quest for the secret to influence and persuasion has an ancient history. However, the…See More
Aug 15
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Your Antiviral for INFLUENceENZA

While vaccines create antibodies to protect you from influenza, antivirals tackle a flu virus once it has overcome your defences. When it comes to influencing the business, all support functions suffer from some form of INFLUENceENZA. It is when the business looks at the support function and perceives its policies and…See More
Aug 7
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Pulling on Heart Strings

Last week I wrote that to be as persuasive as you can be, you should stop pushing and start pulling. I took Robert Cialdini’s six principles of persuasion, reworded and rearranged them a tad and then put them in a hierarchical order of persuasiveness.                                                                                                                        Cialdini's…See More
Jul 24

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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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Start a Mental Revolution

Posted on November 13, 2018 at 1:59am 0 Comments

Recently I came upon this title in a paper I was reviewing as a judge for the ASEAN Risk Awards featuring entries from across South-East Asia: “Deputy Manager Changes and Mental Revolution”. 

Boom! What a title. 

While it might be a quirk from the translation from Indonesian it struck home for me what you should aim for with your foray into the…

Continue

Data by Design

Posted on November 7, 2018 at 12:42am 0 Comments

This McKinsey article titled …

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Bedtime Data Stories

Posted on October 30, 2018 at 11:59pm 0 Comments

Bedtime data stories are telling stories about data with data.

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why bedtime stories?”. Maybe you grew up with them and you have kept up the tradition. Maybe you understand they are good for your child’s development, in particular their vocabulary, comprehension and the…

Continue

Exponential S-Curves – what the?

Posted on October 23, 2018 at 12:58am 0 Comments

Those of you that know your maths know that an S-Curve can have an exponential portion to its curve but it can’t BE an exponential curve. However, I recently came across a diagram showing a series of S-curves overlaying an exponential curve which to me portrayed something very different to seeing either in…

Continue

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