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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…


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…


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…


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


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


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

Experiencing Expertise

Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a masterclass with Paul Gow. Paul is a golf pro who is the golfing star (apologies to Andrew Daddo) of The Golf Show on Foxtel here in Australia. As a mid-handicap amateur golfer, I do my best year-on-year to improve my game. Some years are better than others. Yes, I have had 30-min lessons and each has made an immediate difference. However, a half-day masterclass was a whole different story. I experienced…


Added by Bryan Whitefield on March 25, 2019 at 11:21pm — No Comments

Dealing with Measures that Don’t Matter (much)

I had two separate conversations last week about measures that don’t matter (much). One was with a client in the Not-for-Profit sector who needed to report “about a hundred” things to their regulator who are major funders of their programs.

The second was in my …


Added by Bryan Whitefield on March 18, 2019 at 11:31pm — No Comments

Wisdom Transforms

Recently I have been blogging about Measures that Transform. Figure 1 outlines the journey you need to take to ensure you don’t have measures that hurt, that you move beyond measures that simply matter and that you have measures that transform. That is, you take a journey from motion to direction to transformation.…


Added by Bryan Whitefield on March 11, 2019 at 11:27pm — No Comments

KRI Measures that Transform

I’m on holidays right now and wrote this in the Qantas Club last week. Earlier this year I wrote some blogs using stories from my holidays. I hope to come back with some more beauties for you.

Three of the stories were about risk appetite. One of the conversations I often have when discussing risk appetite is KRIs. Key Risk Indicators. They are early…


Added by Bryan Whitefield on March 5, 2019 at 12:39am — No Comments


My last two blogs were about risk appetite and they got me thinking about a conversation I had back in 2001. I was in a corporate role and I was deciding between setting myself up as a consultant or taking a different path in corporate. Being a risk guy at the time I applied for a job as a weather derivatives trader because the ad listed risk analytics as a…


Added by Bryan Whitefield on February 18, 2019 at 11:40pm — No Comments

The Publican’s Risk Appetite

I was “up the coast” this summer. A term well understood for those who live in Sydney and covers anywhere from the Central Coast to the Queensland border. As with most holidays you get a good story or three. One of mine is the quintessential Aussie story as well as a wonderful depiction of why leaders in organisations need to know staff are operating within…


Added by Bryan Whitefield on February 4, 2019 at 11:45pm — No Comments

The Market Decides

For my last blog of the year I thought I would provide you with a list of my top blogs for 2018. That is, the ones most liked on LinkedIn or to which I had the most personal response. I hope you enjoy them.


Added by Bryan Whitefield on December 18, 2018 at 2:46am — No Comments

Hi-Jacked or Hi-Impact

Are your back office and front office aligned? Are logistics aligned to sales, is procurement aligned to maintenance, is risk aligned to production? If not, there is a chance you have been hi-jacked by well-meaning technical specialists. So technical, so smart, that they have created too many technical requirements, surrounded by technical jargon, that it is…


Added by Bryan Whitefield on December 10, 2018 at 11:37pm — No Comments

Objectives: Hands on Hearts

When I work with boards and executive teams I am often heard to say, “hold your hands on your hearts and swear you will meet your objectives for this year. “

Now normally I am asking this during a planning session or risk workshop not with 24 hours of the year left to play out. So it is a given that the level of uncertainty over a 12+ month period is…


Added by Bryan Whitefield on December 3, 2018 at 11:50pm — No Comments

Recipes for Every Appetite

One of the things I am seen as an expert in is the field of risk. One of the hotly debated topics in risk is the value of a risk appetite statement. There are many reasons their value is debated, however, the real reason is because there are different recipes to produce risk appetite statements to suit the board and management’s personal appetite for risk. And…


Added by Bryan Whitefield on November 26, 2018 at 11:26pm — No Comments

Measure what Matters

According to Michael Henderson, Corporate Anthropologist on Oscar Trimboli’s Deep Listening Podcast, people in the western world like threes because we…


Added by Bryan Whitefield on November 20, 2018 at 12:51am — No Comments

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…


Added by Bryan Whitefield on November 13, 2018 at 1:59am — No Comments

Data by Design

This McKinsey article titled …


Added by Bryan Whitefield on November 7, 2018 at 12:42am — No Comments

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…


Added by Bryan Whitefield on October 30, 2018 at 11:59pm — No Comments

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…


Added by Bryan Whitefield on October 23, 2018 at 12:58am — No Comments

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…


Added by Bryan Whitefield on October 16, 2018 at 1:00am — No Comments

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