Bryan Whitefield's Blog (124)

The importance of the “Trust” in Trustee

A couple of weeks back my blog called Valuing your Pressure Cooker was about how you need to consistently remind staff of your corporate values while you put them under pressure to…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on December 12, 2017 at 12:13am — No Comments

Biased De-Biasing

In this article from McKinsey, Controlling machine-learning algorithms and their biases, they make the point that…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on December 7, 2017 at 12:00am — No Comments

Valuing Your Pressure Cooker

At the RMIA Conference in Canberra a couple of weeks ago there were several speakers discussing very high-risk environments such as journalism from the front lines of Iraq. One of the keynotes was by Jerry Grayson, a helicopter pilot in the Royal Navy.…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on November 28, 2017 at 2:43am — No Comments

Four Equations Explain Organisational Success

Recently one of my readers recommended to me Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal et al. It is an excellent book. For those time poor, these four equations neatly summarise…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on November 21, 2017 at 12:30am — No Comments

David Murray calls it for what it is

Ex-CEO of CBA and founding Chair of the Australian Government Future Fund, David Murray, wrote a piece in Business Insider recently about…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on November 13, 2017 at 11:40pm — No Comments

Implementing at the speed of light

Lightspeed is fast. Really fast. If you followed The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series from the late 1970s and early 80s you would know how fast “really fast” is. A bit faster than when you travel in…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on November 8, 2017 at 12:04am — No Comments

Prophesying from my armchair – The top internal issues organisations will face in 2018

I know it’s a bit early for end of year predictions, however, someone asked me what I thought so I figured I’d better not keep it a secret between just him and me.

Technology

Specifically, the massive shift towards subscription/cloud based applications which brings with it plenty of…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on October 31, 2017 at 1:32am — No Comments

Implementing in the dark

Stats don’t lie. The research of Professor Paul Nutt of Ohio State University into nearly 400 strategic decisions by major corporations showed that a mere 50% of decisions were successful. I think much of it can be explained because the leadership were implementing in the dark.

Organisations develop their own way of doing things. It’s cultural, a form of organisational creed.…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on October 24, 2017 at 12:31am — No Comments

Foolproofing Strategy Implementation

Sorry. You can’t foolproof implementation of your strategy. No matter how good it is. You can however, give it a much better shot whilst battling those underlying intangible…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on October 17, 2017 at 2:30am — No Comments

Battling underlying organisational forces

Last week I wrote about corporate high performance units. Today I write about their biggest challenge: Battling the underlying intangible forces that dictate an…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on October 10, 2017 at 1:11am — No Comments

The time is now for High Performance Units

Sport learns from business and business learns from sport. The time is now for corporates to adopt from sport, wholeheartedly, the concept of High Performance Units. I say wholeheartedly because I hear “high performance” used in corporates often. However, I rarely see anything new and exciting.

A…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on October 3, 2017 at 3:26am — No Comments

The Ultimate Blind Spot

It is a question that's difficult to answer, however, let me ask it anyway:

“Why will otherwise perfectly rational people ignore risk?”

I’m not talking about thrill-seekers who love the adrenalin rush of high-risk outdoor pursuits such as base jumping, where there is no reserve parachute as there is…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on September 26, 2017 at 4:20am — No Comments

Want a great strategy?

It’s funny how everyone wants a great strategy but not everybody wants to deal with the risk of achieving the strategy. I think it is because the following statement is true:

“Risk management is good management.”

Hence…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on September 19, 2017 at 3:12am — No Comments

There is a new elephant in the room

Here is the essence of a conversation I had with a senior leader in a large publicly listed company:-

Me: How’s business?

Senior Leader(SL): Great!…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on September 13, 2017 at 7:31am — No Comments

Your Mum and Dad were right

You know that old saying,“If something’s worth doing it’s worth doing well”? Why don’t we apply the same sage advice in business? While being world’s best would be fantastic, I am not talking about that. Just doing stuff well is all I am asking.…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on September 5, 2017 at 1:53am — No Comments

Resilience Smilience – It is just a platform

I have frequently talked about resilience as being one of the benefits of a great strategy and sound risk management. For example, here is a paper I wrote about…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on August 29, 2017 at 1:25am — No Comments

Essence of Decision and the Cuban Missile Crisis

Recently I read Essence of Decision – Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis by Graham Allison and Philip Zelikow. I won’t tell a fib and say it is an easy read. Bits of it are. The…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on August 22, 2017 at 2:00am — No Comments

An assumption that got me angry

Recently I was staying at a hotel for business on the mid-north coast of NSW. At breakfast, I noticed a group of women golfers sitting near me. They seemed like nice people.

The power of the hotel went out. Heading back to my room I stopped at reception to ask the best way to go. Two of the women were a few…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on August 15, 2017 at 1:45am — No Comments

Risk-ism and the Commonwealth Bank

Last week I wrote about Face-ism and that it takes us less than 200 milliseconds to form a judgement about someone just by viewing their face. A judgement that is likely to be wrong as our facial…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on August 8, 2017 at 1:29am — No Comments

Face-ism

Nick Cave and I have something in common. We both fell in love at first sight. In “First…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on August 3, 2017 at 2:00am — No Comments

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