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Fighting Psychological Warfare

Last week I wrote about Kate and her experience of “psychological warfare” which is a culture where psychological safety does not exist. Upon reflection, Kate realised that while she created psychological safety for her team she did not create it for herself. So when she spoke up, her boss and others on the executive felt threatened and reacted with…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on November 24, 2020 at 1:12am — No Comments

Identifying Psychological Warfare

I expect the term psychological warfare interests you because you are wondering which kind I would be writing about. Would it be about China, the US Election or state border restrictions in Australia? None of those. It’s about needing to operate in a culture where psychological safety is not just lacking, it’s non-existent.…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on November 17, 2020 at 2:02am — No Comments

Finally I get stats 101

I don’t know if you have noticed, but I have been blogging about measurement, data, and statistics for the past 19 weeks. All to defeat quantifornication – the act of pulling numbers out of thin air for decision making. Numbers that are seemingly reliable but are not.

This week, Tuesday 10th November at 15:00hrs AEDT, I am presenting with my colleague…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on November 10, 2020 at 1:40am — No Comments

Optify your advice

“Provided with the freedom to choose, decision makers are likely to act more rationally and be more fully behind the decision.” Is how I finished last week’s blog.

Optifying your advice is delivering…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on November 3, 2020 at 2:30am — No Comments

Hating Restraints

People mostly don’t like to be restrained. We also don’t like some constraints but we like others. For example, we like choice when buying but we don’t like too many choices.

Restraints on the other hand are an attack on our freedom.

Take seat belts for example. They were first …

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on October 27, 2020 at 1:38am — No Comments

Nudging Executives

Senior leaders love to be challenged, when you prove them right!

Unfair? Yes. There are plenty of great leaders who truly want their staff to speak up. However, even some of these may suffer from measurement blindness.

When it comes to numbers and decision making there are three positions people…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on October 20, 2020 at 2:05am — No Comments

Beyond Nudging

Sometimes you need to go beyond nudging decision makers. However, the personal risk you take when challenging a decision depends on culture.

Last week I was given cause to reflect on my time at HIH Insurance and the causes of…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on October 13, 2020 at 1:42am — No Comments

Nudging the CFO

Can you make a difference with measurement if the culture of your organisation is one that does not respect, let alone crave data? In my experience it is tough to go hard against the grain of an organisation’s culture. The better way is to nudge it.

How might you nudge it? Culture change can start from outside the executive team but ultimately it has…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on October 6, 2020 at 4:20am — No Comments

Early indications are …

Where should your lead indicators (KRIs or Key Risk Indicators in the field of risk) come from?

A few years ago my colleague Andrew Prately and I toured the country to speak at Chartered Accountants Business Forums. We spoke on KPIs – Key Performance Indicators. We talked about lead and lag indicators and we talked about limiting the number of KPIs, as…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on September 22, 2020 at 3:36am — No Comments

Data problems are not the real problem

My colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on a mission to defeat quantifornication. Last week we ran the first of two …

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on September 8, 2020 at 2:33am — No Comments

Finding directionality

My stats guru colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on the move to tackle Quantifornication, the plucking of numbers out of thin air. Last week was supposed to be our final blog we are co-writing but we…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on September 1, 2020 at 1:31am — No Comments

When uncertain, seek directionality

My stats guru colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on the move to tackle Quantifornication, the plucking of numbers out of thin air. Here is the seventh in a series we are co-writing.

Nothing is…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on August 25, 2020 at 5:44am — No Comments

Testing Relationships

My stats guru colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on the move to tackle Quantifornication, the plucking of numbers out of thin air. Here is the sixth in a series we are…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on August 18, 2020 at 3:08am — No Comments

Taste Testing Quantification

My stats guru colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on the move to tackle Quantifornication, the plucking of numbers out of thin air. Here is the fifth in a series we are co-writing.…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on August 11, 2020 at 2:17am — No Comments

Infinite possibilities is not the trap

My stats guru colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on the move to tackle Quantifornication, the plucking of numbers out of thin air. Here is the fourth in a series we are co-writing.

We all have…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on August 4, 2020 at 2:18am — No Comments

From Guestimate to Estimate – As simple as 1,2,3

My stats guru colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on the move to tackle Quantifornicationthe plucking of numbers out of thin air. Here is the third in a series we are co-writing.

Why do so many educators in statistics consistently fail to translate these ideas into something that people can both remember and use? The problem…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on August 1, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Danger of the Guessing Game

My stats guru colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on the move to tackle Quantifornicationthe plucking of numbers out of thin air. Here is the first in a series co-written together.

We’re far…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on July 21, 2020 at 3:58am — No Comments

Pointed Estimates

My stats guru colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on the move to tackle Quantifornicationthe plucking of numbers out of thin air. Here is the first in a series co-written together.…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on July 14, 2020 at 2:10am — No Comments

Accuracy over Buckshot

WARNING – If you are a vegetarian, vegan or an animal lover you may be offended by the story in this blog post.

When you're presented with numbers you don't know if they are buckshot or accurate. You often assume the later when it is often the former.

You must often witness people plucking out of thin air, numbers such as budget…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on July 11, 2020 at 8:32am — No Comments

The Strategy Funnel Part II

One of my readers reached out to me after I introduced the strategy funnel last week which made me decide to prepare an example of how the approach works for a prolonged crisis, like COVID-19. One of my sons co-manages the bars in a three-level restaurant offering a variety of dining experiences. It is located in Manly here in Sydney, which is a tourist area.…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on July 4, 2020 at 8:22am — No Comments

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