Bryan Whitefield's Blog (197)

Transparency or Transparencies

In my blog last week I wrote about unconscious bias and the role of advisers in helping decision makers understand their biases, so they have more clarity in their decision making. However, having clarity of one’s…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on August 13, 2019 at 2:27am — No Comments

The Unconscious Bit is the Problem

While the concept of “leading alongside” is a noble one for an internal adviser, it is not accomplished easily overnight. You see, the problem is the “unconscious” in “unconscious bias”. The decision makers you are trying…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on August 6, 2019 at 2:00am — No Comments

The Benefits of Leading Alongside

No matter your position or the organisational function you operate in, there are massive benefits in learning to lead alongside. I wrote about the concept in my blog last week with risk advisers as the primary…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on July 30, 2019 at 4:12am — No Comments

Shifting to Risk Leadership 2020s style

In the last couple of months I have been blogging about the failings of the risk functionwhat Risk Leadership should look like in the next decade and …

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on July 23, 2019 at 1:30am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on July 16, 2019 at 3:30am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on July 9, 2019 at 1:00am — No Comments

3LoD Creates Red Tape

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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Added by Bryan Whitefield on July 2, 2019 at 1:10am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on June 25, 2019 at 1:30am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on June 18, 2019 at 1:30am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on June 10, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on June 4, 2019 at 1:34am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on May 28, 2019 at 1:59am — No Comments

Designing Agile Decision Making vs Agile Organisations

Recently I read an article by McKinsey titled The Journey to an Agile Organisation. The article steps you through how to transform an organisation from a “… static, siloed, structural hierarchy…” to…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on May 22, 2019 at 9:02am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on May 14, 2019 at 3:30am — No Comments

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.…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on May 7, 2019 at 3:00am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on April 30, 2019 at 1:35am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on April 23, 2019 at 1:58am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on April 16, 2019 at 1:55am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on April 9, 2019 at 7:16am — No Comments

Brain-numb(er)ing

In the past month or so with blogs on KPIsKRIs and …

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on April 2, 2019 at 1:34am — No Comments

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