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The Refructure Phenomenon

There are many things that occur to disrupt you. From what I am seeing from my travels across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, right now one of the biggest disruptors is the dreaded restructure. There are so many restructures at the moment it is really f#(%ing with a whole lot of people’s heads. Hence a “refructure” phenomenon.

Why so…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on December 3, 2019 at 3:13am — No Comments

Your Pressure Relief Valve Must Work

There is a pressure cooker analogy for driving business performance. That is, apply plenty of heat to the pot (which is your team) and keep the lid firmly shut. The team will push harder to reach their goals. As a safety mechanism, all pressure cookers have a relief valve and so the analogy goes, make sure you don’t overdo it and build up too much pressure.…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on November 26, 2019 at 1:00am — No Comments

The Bouris Appeal

Mark Bouris of Yellow Brick Road Wealth Management and ex Wizard Home Loans, a renowned market disrupter, gave a speech at the Risk Management Institute of Australasia (RMIA) National Conference in Melbourne last week. He made an appeal to the audience of risk management professionals.

Before the appeal, he gave a lesson on how financial markets work…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on November 19, 2019 at 2:30am — No Comments

Irregular Regulators

While regulators demand red tape (see Wage War on Regulator Imposed Red Tape), the business world at best sees it as a necessary evil and at worst as costly handcuffs. One of the comments a colleague made on…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on November 12, 2019 at 12:00am — No Comments

Wage War on Regulator-Imposed Red Tape

Regulators love red tape. They may not admit it, but they love it because it allows them to provide evidence that they are effective regulators.

Have a think about what is driving regulators and the response by industry (and check out the industry dynamics figure below). The regulator wants you to deliver on your promises and therefore have happy…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on November 5, 2019 at 12:00am — No Comments

Wage War on Self-Imposed Red Tape

In a 2014 Deloitte Access Economics report on red tape they reported:

"…self-imposed rules cost $21 billion a year to administer, and generate a stunning $134 billion a year…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on October 31, 2019 at 2:51am — No Comments

Actually, It’s all about them

Two weeks ago I blogged that influencing is not about you, it’s about them. And last weekI gave…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on October 23, 2019 at 2:00am — No Comments

Actually, It’s not about you; two

Nope! It’s not bad grammar. Last week I wrote about your message not being about what you want, it's about what they want. This is another blog emphasising the point.

I recently received another example of the importance of your message not being about you. This time via a …

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on October 17, 2019 at 5:37am — No Comments

Actually, It’s not about you

Last week I wrote about Painful vs Persuasive Presentations. In it I listed ten things not to do as a presenter. I was complaining about the quality of presentations at a conference I had been to recently. I stated that the messages…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on October 8, 2019 at 2:00am — No Comments

Painful vs Persuasive Presentations

Surely not in 2019. Surely not.

I was at a conference last week and the standard of presentations was appalling. Not what they had to say, it was how they presented using PowerPoint. Eighty percent of them, including ones from the “Big 4” firms were just crap. How about this for a starting “Top Ten” list of what not to do when…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on October 1, 2019 at 2:16am — No Comments

Dealing with Parselmouths

If you are a lover of the Harry Potter series, you will have heard of parseltongue. The language of serpents. A Parselmouth is anyone able to speak parseltongue.

If you don’t have a clue what I am talking about, you are reading this and feeling at least a little uncomfortable. Relax, it is all make-believe.

However, don’t relax for too long…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on September 24, 2019 at 1:19am — No Comments

Awareness of Bias

This is the last in a series of blogs about awareness to highlight Risk Awareness Week running online globally in October that I am presenting at. I’ve covered …

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on September 17, 2019 at 7:58am — No Comments

Unawareness in the Boardroom

This is the third in a series of blogs about awareness to highlight Risk Awareness Week running online globally in October that I am presenting at. I’ve covered …

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on September 10, 2019 at 4:04am — No Comments

Awareness During Disruption

As promised last week this blog is the second in a series of blogs about awareness. Why? Because of the upcoming Risk Awareness Week running online globally in October that I am presenting at. Last week I wrote about …

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on September 3, 2019 at 1:53am — No Comments

Awarenessness

Recently I have been blogging about transparency and obfuscation in relation to decision making. For a few weeks I am going…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on August 27, 2019 at 6:30am — No Comments

Obfuscation of Values

Last week I wrote about transparency of decision making as transparency builds trust. Staff can see how the values of the organisation have been applied.

But what if your organisational values are obfuscated? That is, you have not…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on August 20, 2019 at 3:00am — No Comments

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 own decision making…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on August 13, 2019 at 2:00am — 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

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