A new take on sailing

A new take on sailing

Thankfully, when the world went online last year, I was in front of the curve having already run online workshops for some clients. However for obvious reasons the demand for running risk workshops online has increased and I have been upping my game every step of the way to help guarantee workshop participants get as good, if not a better, experience than in-person.

One of the tools I use is Mural. Last week, in search of something new, I came across their “Sailboat Retrospective”. It was originally designed for scrum teams. It gave me a new analogy to use to get new perspectives from participants in risk workshops. Below is my “Sailboat Perspective” Mural.


You will see I have taken my three key questions for a risk workshop:

  1. What must go right?
  2. What could go wrong?
  3. What are we doing about all that?

…and asked them in a range of different ways.

For example, I took the first question about what must go right and created the following alternate questions:

  • What are our tailwinds? The ones we depend on to get us where we need to be.
  • What is the drag on our boat? The things we know are slowing us down.
  • How will we know we have arrived?
  • Do we have clarity of goals?
  • Can we measure success?

All without using the word “risk”.

The result? I usually get great compliments from the likes of CEOs and senior leaders from my risk workshops. Comments like: “That was great. We’ve never had a conversation like that before.” However, this time I reckon I got one better. From the CEO: “Great workshop. It was illuminating!”

Can’t help but wonder if we would have had the same or better an outcome if we were in-person?

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Bryan is a management consultant operating since 2001, specialising in risk-based decision making and influencing decision makers, born from his more than twenty years of facilitating executive and board workshops.

Bryan’s experience as a risk practitioner includes the design and implementation of risk management programs for more than 150 organisations across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Bryan is the author of Risky Business : How Successful Organisations Embrace Uncertainty; Persuasive Advising : How to Turn Red Tape into Blue Ribbon, and Team Think : Unlock the Power of the Collective Mind [to be published in 2022].

He is licenced by the RMIA as a Certified Chief Risk Officer (CCRO) and is the designer and facilitator of their flagship Enterprise Risk Course since 2019.

<a href="http://www.bryanwhitefield.com">www.bryanwhitefield.com</a>

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